New Overwatch experimental card drastically reworks Assault game mode - Dexerto

New Overwatch experimental card drastically reworks Assault game mode

Published: 30/Jul/2020 2:40

by Andrew Amos


Assault is the most hated game mode in Overwatch. Players despise the 2CP mode, often producing long games and endless ties. However, Blizzard are looking at reworking it, shipping a major rework as part of the game’s newest experimental card.

Out with one experiment, in with another. Team 4 are heading back to the lab in Overwatch just days after finishing tests on Moira and Genji with a huge rework on the game’s most loathed mode ⁠— Assault.

Blizzard highlighted two major issues with Assault currently: snowballing, and “blowout” matches.

Paris in Overwatch
Hate Assault? You might want to try the next Overwatch experimental card then.

“If Point A is captured quickly and aggressively, the attacking team tends to be better equipped to quickly capture Point B as well. Since the defending team was not able to charge their ultimate abilities after a quick defeat, they will be less prepared to defend Point B,” community manager Molly Fender explained to players on July 29.

“Losing in just a few minutes never feels good and is technically impossible in our other game modes, whose mechanics force a more balanced pace to a match.”

To fix these problems, Team 4 had to target the mechanics of the Assault game mode down to the core. The game has been split into shorter rounds focusing around the individual points on the 2CP maps.

The two teams will attack Point A, taking turns. The first team will still set the pace, however there’ll be no attack onto Point B after capture. If both teams capture Point A on their respective turns, they’ll then move to Point B and repeat the process until one team breaks the mold.

Each team will have six minutes in the timebank at the start of the game, and no extra time will be awarded for point captures. The setup time will also be reduced drastically to keep the game flowing, and spawns will be moved closer to the point.

Horizon Lunar Colony spawn in Overwatch
All Assault maps will be available for testing in the experimental card.

Blizzard have labeled the Assault rework a “failed experiment” internally, but are still eager to see the community’s opinion on the mode.

“We are not planning to move these changes over to live game modes. We look at this as more of a ‘failed experiment’ with some great learnings and interesting data that we can use for this or other game modes in the future,” Fender said.

If you want to try out the new Assault mode, it will be available in the live Overwatch client starting from July 30. Hanamura, Horizon Lunar Colony, Paris, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries will be in the experimental card map pool for you to test with the new changes.


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.