Official Overwatch art contest shows incredible new map designs - Dexerto

Official Overwatch art contest shows incredible new map designs

Published: 21/May/2020 21:42

by Michael Gwilliam


Blizzard Taiwan let Overwatch players and fans create their own maps as part of a special art contest and the results are so cool, we can only hope they’ll be added for the game’s sequel.

The art features a magnitude of real-world locations modified to fit into the Overwatch universe.

One of the coolest designs include a futuristic version of San Francisco dubbed “Sector-5FCO.” The map art shows off hero Baptiste overlooking the cityscape as cable cars and drones fly off in the distance.

Another neat map is the Philippine city of Davo with urban infrastructure, clock towers, and even a 7-Eleven storefront for some extra realism.

“While making the map design, I thought of it to be played for 2CP mode,” artist Alben Tan wrote.

For fans of water and South East Asian vacations, another artist designed a map based off Amphawa in Thailand.

This map concept would be a first for Overwatch with the payload in the water. “…The players need to carry on and defend the payload on water,” Chutaros explained. “Even payload is on the water but players still can walk near payload by using wayside up-down and cross the bridge.”

Fans from all over can vote on which map design they like best with the winners being announced on June 12.


The artist dubbed “Map master” will win a Nintendo Switch and copy of Overwatch while the “Map design specialist” will earn a Mercy statue.

With Overwatch 2 bringing in new maps, game modes, and story missions, it will be neat to see if any of these designs end up getting used by Blizzard at some point.

It will be especially interesting to see if any of the underwater maps get used, considering Blizzard themselves seems to have teased the possibility of a water-based map as part of the ongoing Anniversary event.


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.