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Jeff Kaplan says changes are coming to Overwatch competitive map pool

Published: 31/Mar/2020 21:15

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan has indicated that changes will be coming to the game’s competitive map rotation in a future update.

In a post on the Competitive Overwatch subreddit, user MagnarHD asked what the positives to map pools were and explained how they felt the twelve maps every season was “incredibly limited.”

“I used to absolutely love King’s Row, it was my favorite map in the game by far, but I groan whenever I see it now,” the user said. “With hero pools also changing the meta weekly, wouldn’t it be nice to try a variety of maps with different hero metas, instead of the same 12 for 2 months?”

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Paris hasn’t been in rotation since pools were introduced.

The user made an interesting point. King’s Row has never been removed from rotation since map pools were introduced for Season 19 back in November 2019.

Unlike hero pools, which change every week, map pools only change once a season concludes. Three maps from each game mode (assault, control, payload, and hybrid) are in rotation when a season begins.

The post got enough attention that Jeff Kaplan had to weigh in and drop some news.

“We’re making changes,” he wrote. “Scott is writing up a blog post about it. Info in the next few weeks.”

It’s likely that the “Scott” Kaplan was referring to was principal designer Scott Mercer.

While Kaplan didn’t elaborate on what is to come concerning hero pools, the fact that a blog post will be needed makes this seem like a major development and not a minor change, like a weekly map rotation.

The Season 21 map pool once again included King’s Row.

Fans have been clamoring for a potential map ban or vote system for years. Could this finally be coming in an update? Only time will tell.

In any case, it’s looking likely that we’ll get the news of what exactly Blizzard’s plan is when Season 21 of competitive play concludes, as that would line up with the “few weeks” timeline provided by Kaplan.


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.