NYXL star Pine retires from the Overwatch League - Dexerto
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NYXL star Pine retires from the Overwatch League

Published: 6/Dec/2019 19:38

by Bill Cooney

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Pine became a legend in the league for the sheer amount of raw skill he displayed on DPS heroes like McCree and Widowmaker.

New York would sub him in almost exclusively on Control Point maps during season one where he would go on a tear with McCree or one of his other favorite heroes before dutifully returning to the bench for the next map.

The Big Boss bows out

His DPS play in Season One is the stuff of OWL legend and fans quickly crowned the former Team Fortress 2 pro as the “Big Boss” of the Excelsior.

Even though he was a fan favorite, changes in the professional meta saw Pine stay on the New York bench for the majority of Season Two.

On December 6, 2019, the NYXL officially announced that the era of the Big Boss had finally come to an end in the Overwatch League.

Even though Pine may have seen more of the bench than the stage in Season Two, the role he played in putting the Overwatch League on the map with his ridiculous and entertaining play during the Inaugural Season simply can’t be ignored.

The pro flat out denied that he would be transferring teams during a stream in September 2019 when he talked about his season two struggles, but he also referred to a “sad story” when he touched on his current status with NYXL at the time.

Even though he’ll be staying on as a streamer for the NYXL on Twitch (tf2PINE), it’s sad to see the man who singlehandedly provided some of the most entertaining moments from season one retire from professional play.

Pine now joins fellow former pros Brandon ‘Seagull‘ Larned, Felix ‘xQc‘ Lengyel and more as a full-time streamer after retiring from the league and based on the amount of fan support he had while playing he should have a large audience.

So let’s all equip our NYXL McCree skins we bought during the Inaugural Season when Pine was in full form and do our best to honor the Big Boss with some huge plays.

Cosplay

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.