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Multiple Chengdu Hunters players considering retirement after Overwatch League Season 2

Published: 31/Jul/2019 7:37 Updated: 31/Jul/2019 8:03

by Joe O'Brien

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It seems the Chengdu Hunters could be set for a mass exodus at the end of Overwatch League Season 2, as head coach Wang ‘RUI’ Xingrui revealed that multiple players wanted to retire.

While discussing China’s line-up for the Overwatch World Cup, which RUI is also coaching, the Hunters head coach revealed that 4-5 of the Chengdu players “said they wanted to retire after this season”, according to a translation by Chinese Overwatch news Twitter account OWBeacon.

The reason for this decision is reportedly due to the stress of competing in the US, and the lack of home food and leisure activities during time off. According to a translation by u/shalott1988, RUI states that the team used to go running in the mornings, for instance, but had to stop due to safety concerns after a shooting occurred nearby.

RUI didn’t specify which players might be looking to leave the team, nor is it entirely clear whether the players in question still actively intend to retire or expressed a desire to at some point in the season that they may or may not follow through with.

Season 3 of the Overwatch League will no longer be held at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, with the matches instead taking place entirely at ‘homestand’ events hosted by teams in their respective cities.

Team China’s roster for the 2019 Overwatch World Cup.

This may mean more time playing from home, especially for the league’s Chinese players as there are four China-based teams. Whether spending more time in their home country is enough to keep the players competing remains to be seen.

On the basis of RUI’s statements, however, it does seem that the Hunters could be looking at something of a roster rebuild in the post-season whether they like it or not. Chengdu Hunters’ line-up currently features 10 players, meaning as much as half of the roster could depart.

The Hunters have had a fairly unremarkable debut season in the Overwatch League, not quite managing to reach the playoffs in any of the first three stages. At 11th place in the overall rankings, the team does currently hold a spot in the play-in for the post-season playoffs, with four weeks of Stage 4 still to play.

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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

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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.