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Incredible Overwatch Workshop mode helps you perfect D.Va bombs

Published: 14/Jun/2020 20:24 Updated: 14/Jun/2020 20:29

by Theo Salaun

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Landing clean, lethal D.Va bombs is an absolute art form in Overwatch—and a new Workshop mode creates the perfect practice environment for your explosive ultimates.

One of Overwatch’s most popular heroes, D.Va blends versatile utility with huge destructive potential. As a flex tank, perhaps no character is better equipped to both peel for your team’s backline and deny positioning to high-ground-abusing DPS. 

But capitalizing on her ultimate is what sets great D.Va players apart from amazing ones, as frequently showcased in the Overwatch League. Now, if you want to drop bombs like the Philadelphia Fusion’s Gael “Poko” Gouzerch or Kim “Fury” Jun-ho, all you have to do is get in this new Workshop mode where clever visualizations make training a treat.

 

Sure, there’s unlikely to be any mode that can teach you every single nook and cranny in the game to curve and maneuver your launched mecha, like Fury did with a curb on King’s Row. But this Workshop mode, created by Grandeur Hammers, can help you discover those crafty spots yourself in an environment built for experimentation.

In the mode, you are able to place or throw an ultimate wherever you’d like and then see the exact circumferences of its damage along with a general trajectory needed to reach that spot from elsewhere. With a HUD showing exactly how much damage you would take relative to where the bomb’s location is, this is a sophisticated mode that can help clarify the nuances of the ultimate’s range.

 

As seen in the demonstrative video, once a final bomb placement is made, you can melee to see the exact ranges of the ultimate’s damage in spheres of 1,000, 600, and 200 damage. And as you walk around, you can find the exact damage at different ranges by monitoring the ticker at the top of your screen.

This is easily the most useful aspect of this mode, but there are a couple other functions that can also provide some utility. For one, you can press interact when launching a bomb to follow its exact trajectory in the third-person—enabling you to see exactly how it interacts with sloping walls if you throw it over a building, for example.

For another, there is a Hammond grappling chain that extends from you to the bomb location, allowing you to track line of sight.

 

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An LOS chain shows you if you can be impacted by Self-Destruct’s blast.

While the mode does have one minor drawback, that the damage spheres are not impacted by obstructive walls and surfaces—that is luckily solved by the LOS chain. Since you can always tell if you’re exposed to the bomb or not by the chain’s visibility, you know whether or not to trust the damage indicators.

As for how to get in on this practice, you can import the code “BBSSO” in Overwatch’s Workshop mode to get started.

Cosplay

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

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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.