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Genius Overwatch shield trick can counter Zenyatta’s Transcendence

Published: 6/Apr/2020 17:35

by Michael Gwilliam


Zenyatta’s Transcendence is one of the most powerful support abilities in Overwatch, healing for a whopping 300 HP per second. While not many abilities can damage through the Omnic monk’s Ultimate, proper shield placement can completely deny the healing.

Tank streamer TBerq showed off this trick during a ranked match on Junkertown. With his team pushed back to defending the third point, the Reinhardt player made a big-brain play with his barrier to earn a fight victory.

Despite being down a player and whiffing his Earthshatter, TBerq’s Zarya decided to combo with the friendly Hanzo with a Graviton Surge – Dragonstrike combo. However, the enemy Zenyatta came right in with his Transcendence.

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Zenyatta’s Ultimate heals for 300 HP a second.

In addition to Zen’s Ultimate healing for 300, the enemy Ana wasn’t caught in the Graviton Surge and was free to pump more healing into her team. What’s more, is that if she landed a Biotic Grenade on her team, it would have boosted their healing received by 50%, meaning Transcendence would heal for a whopping 450 per second.

That said, the Reinhardt player was quick to act and positioned his barrier so that it was in-between the floating Omnic and his team, denying the healing from coming through.

“I’ll cut off his healing,” TBerq told his squad, earning their approval for the big-brain play.

“Oh my goodness,” the Zarya laughed. “Rein, you’re a genius. I’ve literally never seen a Rein do that.”

Thanks to that move, the Hanzo – Zarya combo was enough to wipe the opposition and stop the attack before the payload was able to reach the third checkpoint.

Reinhardt isn’t the only tank this is possible with. Smart Winston, Sigma, and even Orisa or Brigitte players can use their shields to split up the healing from a Zenyatta and his team.

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A well-placed Winston bubble can prevent healing too.

Additionally, if the enemy team is in a Grav and has a Lucio instead of a Zenyatta, you could act quickly and position your shield before he is able to use Sound Barrier as that ability requires line of sight to give teammates the extra health.

Next time you’re in a ranked game, be mindful of what Ultimates your opponent has and try this tactic out. If you can deny enemy support abilities their value, there’s a good chance you’ll be winning the game.


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


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.