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How to test Overwatch’s Experimental Mode changes in Practice Range

Published: 13/May/2020 20:57

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch’s Experimental Mode is great for letting players try out some of the potential new balance changes in a match setting, but did you know it’s possible to test out the updates using the Practice Range/Training Room?

Sometimes there will be certain ability changes that are better to evaluate in the Practice Range, just to see how they will interact with certain heroes.

In a post on the official forums, even Overwatch’s Game Director Jeff Kaplan admitted he wasn’t aware that it was possible to load up the Practice Range with the Experimental Mode changes.

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If you want to test out Experimental Changes in Practice Range, there’s a way.

“We’ll try to figure something out,” Kaplan said, replying to a post by a user asking for the option to try out changes on bots.

Lo and behold, only ten minutes later, Kaplan confessed that his team was “laughing” at him for not knowing this was already possible.

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Even Jeff Kaplan didn’t know it was possible.

“You can already do this in the game browser by creating a custom game, putting up the Practice Range and enabling Experimental,” he wrote.

The way to do this is simple. First, go to the game browser and select “create game.” Next, select your preset – in this case, Practice Range. Next, go to the lobby and click “options.” From there, all you have to do is choose “enable” for “use experimental if available.”

Now, you’ll be able to try out all the new nerfs, buffs and reworks without having to load into a game to do so. This can be handy if you want to see how new damage numbers will apply on certain targets without the use of a calculator.

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Jeff Kaplan says it may be easier to load up the Practice Range with new changes in the future.

For instance, now, you can see for yourself how two headshots from Zenyatta on a discorded target will deal 249.6 damage – almost enough to two-tap a Reaper or Doomfist.

Being able to see if the damage will round up or not is something more practical to test out on bots than attempt to recreate in an actual game.

While the process of creating a custom game may be a bit time-consuming, Kapan did state that the team is looking to make it a bit more streamlined with a future update.


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.