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Latest Overwatch patch renders Symmetra, Mei and Reaper ‘unusable’

Published: 19/Sep/2019 22:59 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 23:28

by Brad Norton


The latest update to Blizzard’s Hero-Shooter Overwatch, appears to have made three of the most in-meta heroes practically useless due to some wild inconsistencies.

Facing ample backlash from the Overwatch community of late, Blizzard has been heavily criticized online for the current state of the competitive title.

In a September 17 update, the developers not only had to remove an entire map from rotation due to an absurd, game-breaking bug. But now, it seems as though the latest patch has drastically hindered the effectiveness of a few select heroes.

As pointed out on Reddit, while the latest patch intended to adjust Symmetra’s beam-width among other minor changes, unforeseen bugs have led to her teleporter being remarkably inconsistent.

In the current meta, Symmetra is an absolutely vital hero when it comes to pre-fight setups, as well as mid-fight positioning. With this new flaw however, teleporting to any elevated surface is now a seemingly risky play as there’s no guarantee that the placement will work.

Symmetra’s, Reaper’s, and Mei’s placement system broke the last patch. from r/Competitiveoverwatch

This bug extends to Reaper as well, who finds his Shadow Step ability impacted by the same issues.

Until the complications are resolved, no longer can the dual-shotgun wielding hero teleport behind the enemy team with ease. Reaper-mains now have to focus much more on the location of their Shadow Step and hope that the finicky bug leaves them be.   

Blizzard - OverwatchCondolences to all of the Reaper-mains out there.

These massive character issues come hot off the heels of a similarly impactful bug regarding Mei and her Ice Wall. The problem seems to stem from abilities that involve placing objects in the environment as Mei’s wall appears just as inconsistent as Symmetra’s teleporter in the latest patch. 

It remains to be seen whether Blizzard will comment on the issues currently plaguing Overwatch or just how soon the problems will be rectified. Facing a great deal of backlash from the community, the developers have a lot on their plate if they hope to get the title back in a positive light. 

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Piling onto the controversy surrounding the most recent update, while the new LEGO Bastion skin is surprisingly detailed, some fans argue that a certain annoyance makes it “unplayable.”

You can read the full patch notes here to discover all of the intended changes in the September 17 update.


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.