Jeff Kaplan announces long-requested change to Overwatch role queue - Dexerto

Jeff Kaplan announces long-requested change to Overwatch role queue

Published: 2/Nov/2019 16:43 Updated: 2/Nov/2019 17:19

by Michael Gwilliam


At BlizzCon, Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan announced that competitive players tired of long role queue times will now be able to play deathmatch, custom games, and more while they wait.

While role queue was a long-requested feature that was finally implemented in the Summer, with it came long queue times, especially for DPS players who have been forced to wait anywhere from eight minutes to extreme cases of one hour to find a game.

The major problem, in addition to the long waits, was that players would have nothing to do while queueing aside from view replays (if they were solo queueing), view the hero gallery or other non-gameplay activities aside from “skirmish” which has no objectives. 

Queuing as DPS can take a long time.

Many players had requested the option to play the Training Range or other modes while waiting, but their suggestions had gone unanswered until now.

Speaking at the Overwatch What’s Next panel, Kaplan explained that while the team is working hard on Overwatch 2, they haven’t abandoned the base game and new features are on the way.

“Coming very soon you’ll be able to select what you do when you are waiting for role queue to kick in,” the Game Director said. “So if you like to go to the Training Room, we’re going to let you do that.”

He didn’t stop there, however. Kaplan then revealed that a whole new game was coming just for people waiting to find a match in role queue.

Blizzard EntertainmentPush is a new game mode coming to Overwatch.

“If you would like to play a new deathmatch mode that we’re adding just for waiting, you can play that,” he added. 

Additionally, players will be able to load up a custom game or even the Workshop mode and play that while they wait as well.

For players sick of waiting around with nothing to do, hopefully, these changes should help pass the time before they find a game. 

This isn’t the only improvement coming to ranked in the future. As Dexerto previously reported, come Season 19, the game will have a rotation of 12 maps. Of note, two of the game’s most detested maps, Paris and Lunar Horizon Colony will be removed for the upcoming season. 

With 21 maps in the game and more coming with the Push game mode, the addition of a map rotation and more interactive queues should make Overwatch much more enjoyable. 


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.