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Jeff Kaplan responds to backlash over new Overwatch Experimental Card

Published: 13/May/2020 8:04 Updated: 14/May/2020 6:50

by Brad Norton


Jeff Kaplan has responded to backlash facing the new Experimental Card system in Overwatch, as particularly avid players appear to have been expecting more from the feature.

The new Experimental Card feature in Overwatch has indeed been used to test a few fundamental gameplay changes. However, it has more prominently been used to tweak hero balancing, similar to the Public Test Region. 

Following a balance tease in the latest Developer Update, May 12 saw the introduction of the latest Experimental Card. With a major focus on Support heroes, once again the new Card focused entirely on balance updates. This has left certain players wanting more from the testing mode. 

The first Experimental Card allowed for three Damage heroes at a time.

“The tweaks are just so small you barely notice a difference,” a member of the Blizzard forums said. “It’s called ‘Experimental Card’ for a reason, they need to… experiment.”

Arguing the feature should be used to “stretch the boundaries” of what’s possible in Overwatch, this particular player suggested Blizzard “try out new things.”

Drawing the attention of the Overwatch Director, Kaplan responded to the backlash and outlined the real benefits of the Experimental Card feature. 

While the developers do “have some more ‘interesting’ things planned,” he explained that “those things usually require a lot more effort.”

“You’ll see a mix of changes on the Experimental Card. It’s still useful for us (and for the community) to test balance changes as well,” he continued.

Kaplan’s response indicated that more big ideas are in the works.

The first few experiments saw the 2-2-2 structure upended. Instead, three Damage, Tank, and Support heroes were allowed in each passing test. Since then, the feature has mostly been met with random balance adjustments, much the same as the Public Test Region.

Bigger ideas could soon be hitting the experimental mode, according to Kaplan, but only time will tell what form these tests will take.


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.