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Jeff Kaplan teases Mei changes coming in future Overwatch patch

Published: 26/Feb/2020 2:45

by Brad Norton


Mei could be the next Overwatch hero on the chopping block as Blizzard Vice President Jeff Kaplan recently teased that the character is being worked on while responding to community questions.

Following the launch of a brand new experimental mode in Overwatch that allows the developers to test all manner of wacky ideas without needing to push out a fresh Public Test Region (PTR) update, Kaplan took to Blizzard’s forums in order to provide feedback and answer the questions of a few curious players.

Throughout his back and forth with the community, the face of the Overwatch team shed light on future plans for the new mode but also let slip a potential tease that Mei could be the next hero to be met with a balance update.

The first experimental mode allows for three Damage-based heroes to enter the battlefield at a time.

Inquiring on Blizzard’s forums, ‘N7Warrior’ asked a simple question as to how long each experimental mode would be available for testing.

“We’ll probably leave this up for a few days. A week at most,” Kaplan responded before going into detail on their data collection process and just how often the developers expect to push out a new experiment.

Dropping a cheeky tease at the end of his lengthy response however, he indicated that PTR updates could overlap with experimental modes as “there are certain things that can only be tested on PTR and cannot be tested in an experiment.”

Providing one “purely random example”, he highlighted Mei’s Ice Wall collision and explained how Blizzard “would need a PTR [update]” if they “wanted to make a change.” 

Kaplan’s response in full.

Of all the potential changes that he could have discussed, Kaplan honed in on the most controversial hero in the game today and subtly wrapped up his statement by joking that it was an entirely random thought.

While there’s no indicating when such changes might see the light of day, this comment could be a clear indicator that Mei’s Ice Wall might be tweaked in the next PTR patch.

Considering hilarious interactions with Reaper of late, there’s a good chance Ice Wall fixes have been in the works behind the scenes for quite some time.

Mei’s Ice Wall has led to a number of unintended interactions lately.

Kaplan has been back in front of the camera a great deal recently, laying out guidelines for the very first ‘Triple Damage’ experiment and explaining just how the new Hero Pools feature will work on the competitive ladder.

While a number of new additions and fresh updates have been rolled out at the start of 2020, it appears as though Blizzard is looking to be in direct communication with the Overwatch community on a much more regular basis than years prior.


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.