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D.va’s Overwatch PTR buff allows her to reach the top of Lijiang Tower

Published: 10/Jan/2020 20:35

by Bill Cooney

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The new Overwatch Public Test Region patch reduces the cooldown of D.Va’s Boosters, making her much more mobile than before the update.

The hero shooter’s latest PTR patch went live on January 9, and contains significant updates for a number of heroes, including Mei, Baptiste, and D.Va.

D.Va’s changes reduce the cooldown of her Boosters from five seconds down to three, and players are already discovering how much easier it makes moving around.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe update from January 9 included changes to D.Va and other heroes.

On Twitter, user ceziun proudly announced that “the year is 2020 and DVA can now reach the top of Lijiang Tower,” along with a video of the feat.

To be absolutely clear, she can’t reach the top in one flight, as it still takes a bit of climbing and calculated falling on the roofs along with Boosting.

It takes six boosts in total for the Korean hero to reach the top of the tower, and while they don’t make it all the way up the spire, it’s definitely higher than she was able to fly before.

In a Reddit post about ceziun’s video, players shared even more tips on how to take advantage of the character’s reduced booster cooldown to maximize her mobility.

“While testing, I found that D.Va slides down sloped surfaces slower if she holds down primary fire,” Reddit user jaydenye_jr said. “Especially noticeable in the large sloped surfaces of Horizon Lunar Colony, giving her extra air time.”

The changes are still pretty new at the time of writing, so it will be interesting to see how much they really change her play style as players try them out.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe hero may be a lot harder to keep track of after the update.

D.Va’s new and improved Boosters might be a good pair with Symmetra’s Teleporter, which received a sneaky update that could make it one of the quickest movement abilities in Overwatch.

On the live client, there is a bit of a wait between the Teleporter being placed and when Symmetra and/or her teammates could pass through it, but that’s been taken away on the PTR, which could lead to some interesting combos in the future.

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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.