Hated Overwatch maps finally being removed from competitive in Season 19 - Dexerto

Hated Overwatch maps finally being removed from competitive in Season 19

Published: 2/Nov/2019 12:11 Updated: 2/Nov/2019 13:12

by Connor Bennett


Blizzard has revealed that they will make a major change to Overwatch’s competitive map pool – removing two of the game’s most disliked maps from the season 19 rotation.

With Blizzcon 2019 in full swing, fans of Blizzard titles have been treated to some incredible and highly-anticipated announcements. After weeks of rumors and leaks, both Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 were revealed during the opening ceremony – sparking celebration from fans all across the world.

Yet, even with all the new announcements and hype, the present titles like Overwatch, are still receiving plenty of love from the developers as they undergo updates in the way of bug fixes and quality of life changes.

Blizzard EntertainmentParis is finally dropping out of the Overwatch Competitive map pool.

The major one, however, for Overwatch, has come in the form of switching up the competitive map pool. Following the Blizzcon opening ceremony, it was revealed that Season 19 will have a set map rotation of 12 locations. 

Paris and Lunar Horizon Colony, which are both avoided by plenty of Overwatch players, will be removed for the new season. This doesn’t mean that they are being removed forever, however, as Overbuff tweeted out that they just won’t be used and aren’t set to undergo any sort of rework. 

The news was met with plenty of joy from everyone from current Overwatch League players to those who are slugging it out and trying to dominate the leaderboards.

“W,” replied Houston Outlaws player Jeffrey ‘blase’ Tsang, while the Overwatch Competitive subreddit ‘praised’ everyone who managed to dodge Paris and, in turn, got it removed from the new set rotation.

What 12 maps will exactly be in the Season 19 pool remains to be seen as there currently 21 locations that can be used, meaning some fans may lose one or two of their favorites. 

However, the overwhelming majority of them will be celebrating regardless, knowing that they no longer have to play on Paris and Horizon.


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.