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Could Overwatch’s McCree buffs be a hint at the next major update?

Published: 27/Jan/2020 20:16

by Bill Cooney

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A new update recently came out on the PTR that significantly buffs McCree, among other heroes, but players are asking why exactly Overwatch decided to beef up the gunslinger in the latest update.

Every other hero included in the January 23 Overwatch PTR update was nerfed, except for McCree, who saw buffs to his ultimate and 50 additional health added.

Even though the hero ban rumors have been shot down by Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch personalities have been signing non-disclosure agreements with Blizzard about an upcoming update, so it must be something big coming.

Blizzard EntertainmentCould the recent McCree buffs be a hint at what’s coming in the next big Overwatch update?

Jeff Kaplan said a new Developer Update would be out for players sometime this week (starting January 27) with more information, but without any solid facts at the time of writing, Overwatch players have been speculating on what could be headed our way.

Reddit user gmarkerbo suggested that McCree’s buff could signal a new hero on the way, one that fans have been wondering about for over a year.

“Perhaps next week we are getting Echo? From the cinematic you can see that McCree and Echo have a special relationship. Perhaps this also extends to in-game synergy,” gmarkerbo speculated. “They did a similar pre-patch before Moira was introduced, buffed Mei and Reaper in anticipation of a tank heavy meta.”

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A new hero may or may not be coming with the big developer update, but gmarkerbo did admit they were being a little ambitious with their theory.

“Of course it can still be just them trying to compensate for his fire rate being reverted,” they admitted. “But it is fun to hope we are getting a new hero soon.”

Another Reddit user named CrestfallenOW said they thought the McCree buffs had arrived at the perfect time for him to be used for Overwatch League Season 3.

“I just think McCree was buffed so he gets the spotlight in OWL,” they suggested. “Instead of something significantly less exciting, like Mei.”

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Mei is a lot of things, but boring? Come on now.

While a new hero might seem unlikely, we haven’t had one since Sigma came out in the Summer of 2019, and it would be hard to think that Blizzard wouldn’t release a new hero until we get Overwatch 2.

Whether it’s a new character or something else coming, fans will probably have to wait for Jeff’s next Developer Update to find out exactly what it is.

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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.