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Dafran claims map editor coming to Overwatch, is he telling the truth?

Published: 23/Jan/2020 17:33

by Michael Gwilliam

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Former Overwatch League pro Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca has claimed that a map editor is coming to the game in the next developer update – but fans think he could be pulling everyone’s leg.

The full-time Twitch streamer was checking out the drama-filled OverwatchTMZ subreddit on January 23 when he started watching a clip of Jeff ‘emongg’ Anderson hinting that something big would be added to make the game more enjoyable.

“I have the leaks too,” Dafran claimed. “I just can’t say. Dude, us Overwatch streamers get all the leaks. We have all the information. We talk to Blizzard about everything and we go back and forth and they ask us about our opinions and stuff. We basically know everything.”

According to the Atlanta Reign streamer, he knows everything that will be coming up until the year 2021.

After debating about whether or not he should leak some information, the DPS legend decided to reveal a clue about the new update, but noted it was a smaller part of a larger improvement to the game.

“The next developer update might have something to do with a map editor. Maybe. Maybe a map editor. Maybe, dude. I’m not saying yes. I’m just saying maybe. Wink.”

It’s definitely possible that Overwatch will be getting a map editor as some sort of enhancement to the Workshop Mode, but it’s unlikely that it’s the big balance update that had been hinted at.

As we previously reported, Game Director Jeff Kaplan explained that while the long-requested feature of hero bans will not be added, the team has a plan to speed up balance which will be revealed in a video next week.

“If the problem we are trying to solve is that the meta needs to change more, hero bans might actually make the problem worse, not better. We do a have a solution in mind – an actual system – that we’ll talk about (next week’s dev update) but it is not hero bans,” Kaplan wrote in a forum post.

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It does seem like this upcoming developer update will really address the game’s balance issues and stagnant meta. If the update also includes a map editor, it could be one of the largest upcoming patches in the game’s history.

It will be interesting to see what does in fact get added to the game and if Dafran was telling the truth. It’s likely that he could just have been trolling, but you never know with him.

We will have to wait and see.

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Overwatch cosplayer gets ready for Halloween as a perfect Mercy

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:39 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 6:35

by Nate Searl

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Halloween is almost upon us, and cosplayers everywhere are preparing for the holiday. This Overwatch Mercy cosplay goes above and beyond when bringing this angelic healer to life and deserves some extra recognition. 

When Overwatch came out back in 2016, there were only three healers, and Mercy was one of them. A lot has changed since then and there are a lot more Heroes, and the hero herself has seen quite a few changes. Despite this, she remains a fan favorite, especially for cosplayers.

There are plenty of awesome OW cosplays out there, but Hanxiaoyue really brings her to life with the help of @Anka_Ephemere on Twitter. The two collaborate for a fantastic rendition with excellent photography and visual effects.

Mercy cosplayer preps for Halloween

Despite the fact that Witch Mercy is Mercy’s Halloween skin, Hanxiaoyue went with the Winged Victory skin with some extra spooky effects, and she nailed it. Starting with her hair, she puts her blonde hair in a ponytail and parts her bangs. It is held back by a golden crown with wing-like ear guards, just like in the cosmetic. To cap it off, she includes the fern-like plants behind her ears.

For her attire, she dons a white tunic with gold embroidery held up with a brown rope. On her arms and legs, she wears bracelets. On her back, she has Mercy’s signature wings, modeled directly off of the skin. Then, there is of course the staff, which is perfect down to the last little leaf.

If the cosplay itself wasn’t impressive enough, the graphic design that goes along with it really gives it life. @Anka_Ephemere includes two shots with Mercy on a dark and fiery battlefield, and then another two with her at what appears to be Ilios Ruins.

The first two images are fitting for the hero, as she is a beacon of hope and light on the battlefield. The Winged Victory skin also based on the Goddess Nike and works well with the other images on Ilios, which is an Overwatch map based on Santorini in Greece.

This is one of the most impressive Mercy cosplays out there, and Hanxiaoyue really brings the character to life along with @Anka-Ephemere’s photography and graphic design.