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Could Overwatch be getting a new hero ban system without role limits?

Published: 1/Jun/2020 20:37

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new ban system made its Overwatch esports debut during a May 30 show match in South Korea, and fans were wondering if it will be implemented in their games in the future.

On May 30, 2020, the iconic rosters of Runaway and Lunatic-Hai squared off at the Giga Arena, which was home to OGN’s Overwatch APEX for four seasons before OWL began.

While many were excited to see the old rosters reunited on stage after a few years, the show match also featured a very unique ban system that surprised many fans watching live.

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The exhibition match featured some unique hero bans.

The format completely removed 2-2-2 role lock and hero pools. Instead, teams were allowed to ban four heroes for the entire series – one support, one tank, and two DPS.

What made the format unique, however, is that it was possible for teams to have two completely different bans.

For instance, while the first three were the same across the board, Lunatic-Hai chose to ban Sombra while Runaway kept their opponents from running Mei. This means that in theory, eight different heroes could be banned, but only four per team.

Additionally, as the series went on, teams were allowed to unban heroes they weren’t allowed to use, slowly increasing the options available to them. This added another layer of strategy.

Many fans and content creators approved of the format. YouTuber YourOverwatch was impressed by its implementation.

“Seems like when given 5 minutes to come up with a workable ban system with limited adverse effects, OGN did so. Almost like we should let esports legends work on the esport format hm?” he tweeted.

Former pro turned content creator Connor ‘Avast’ Prince seemed to be down with the format, but was opposed to removing role restrictions alongside it.

“No hero pools and pick ban systems are perfectly valid things to be discussed if it improves the game,” he wrote. “2/2/2 is non-negotiable because we’ve seen what happens without it and how it hurts players.”

So far Blizzard hasn’t commented on the OGN ban format, but it will be interesting to see if ever makes its way to the Overwatch League or even ranked.

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Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.

 

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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.

 

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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.

 

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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.