Former Overwatch League pro shows off impressive Winston strategy - Dexerto

Former Overwatch League pro shows off impressive Winston strategy

Published: 9/Jan/2019 23:17 Updated: 9/Jan/2019 23:32

by Bill Cooney


Former Los Angeles Valiant player Seb ‘Numlocked’ Barton now plays for the British Hurricane Contenders team, and posted a clip of some impressive Winston play after the Hurricane’s playoff run came to an end.

The British Hurricane are the Contenders Academy team for the London Spitfire and play in Contenders Europe.

The Hurricane were knocked out of the Contenders Europe playoff in the quarterfinals by Team Giganti, but there was a silver lining, because numlocked got to share this awesome clip of some great Winston play on Twitter.

On Hanamura, numlocked jumps with Winston up to the platform to the left of the point and then uses his Jump Pack again to bounce off of the walls and land to damage his opponents.

The jumps were perfect, and let numlocked easily finish off the Zenyatta, Mercy and Ashe on top of the platform in no time at all.

Perhaps even more impressive than the move itself is the fact that numlocked said he came up with it on the spot without any practice ahead of time. 

The maneuver was just another example of the gap in skill between professional and casual Overwatch players and possibly what Game Director Jeff Kaplan was referring to when he recently called out players below the diamond rank. 

Numlocked parted ways with the Valiant in September, 2018 and joined the Hurricane soon after, but this clip proves he’s still one of the best Winston players out there.

Although numlocked and the Hurricane are out of the playoffs, the finals for Contenders Europe will happen on January 11, and will be streamed live on the Contenders Twitch channel.


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


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.