Original D.Va concept could be the perfect Overwatch summer skin - Dexerto

Original D.Va concept could be the perfect Overwatch summer skin

Published: 9/Jul/2019 21:18 Updated: 9/Jul/2019 21:51

by Bill Cooney


One Overwatch fan and artist has created a fantastic skin concept for D.Va that would be an amazing addition to the upcoming Summer Games event.

D.Va got her famous “Waveracer” skin for Summer Games 2018, but based on how she’s been nerfed over the last 12 months, the least Blizzard could do for D.Va players is to give her another new skin.

Character and concept artist Max Simoneau created a very Summer skin for D.Va that would definitely be a hit with fans, even if it wouldn’t make up for those nerfs.

Max SimoneauClear the beaches, Shark D.Va has arrived.

You’re going to need a bigger boat

Simoneau decided to turn D.Va’s mech into a shark with the “Shar.K” skin and the combination actually works incredibly well.

The windscreen has been made into the shark’s teeth, the body has been made grey with fins on top and a large tail has been added to the back to turn D.Va into the apex predator she’s meant to be.

Max SimoneauShar.K would be a hit with the D.Va mains.

The mech and D.Va herself both have neon green lighting that would really pop on any night map, like Lijiang Tower and they don’t look too bad during the day either.

While her mech was made into a man-eater, D.Va has been given her very own scuba gear that gives her a face mask and some underwater webbing.

Although we don’t get a look at D.Va’s pistol in this concept, based on how the mech looks her golden guns would probably look just fine along with Simoneau’s shark skin.

Instead of getting ready for some fun in the sun in her Waveracer skin, Shark D.Va is a bit more tactical and looks like she’s going on a Special Ops mission – but would still make a perfect skin for Summer Games.

Max SimoneauSummer Games, here we come.

When do the Summer Games start?

We don’t have an exact date for when Overwatch’s Summer Games event will get going this year, but Jeff Kaplan did say in an interview a few months ago that it would be near the beginning of August.

Even though we might not know the exact start date, we can be sure that the event will bring back Lucioball and a bunch of new skins and other cosmetics, hopefully with plenty for D.Va.

John Gotch/Blizzard EntertainmentHopefully we’ll get a new D.Va skin this Summer Games.

There’s no exact date for the start of Summer Games yet, but at least fans know that the next event will probably start in about a month at the time of writing.


Overwatch player exposes how broken map points really are

Published: 25/Oct/2020 16:15

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch YouTuber and Twitch streamer Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan has exposed why contesting or capturing points in the game can feel a bit off. As it turns out, the game doesn’t accurately tell you where the point really begins.

If you’ve ever played Overwatch, chances are you’ve had a game where you swore you were on the point at the last moment, but the game didn’t count it. This is because the objective’s visual identifier is much cleaner than the game would lead you to believe.

The first thing that KarQ explains is that he’s using a Workshop mode called Patriq’s Tool [WNSY6] to show a map’s true properties.

As visualized by a little rope, the true point begins once a character’s model crosses over that line. Additionally, green orbs indicate high ground locations that heroes can still be standing on to either contest or capture an objective.

Hanamura's point B dead zones
Hanamura has a weird dead zone by the stairs.

Starting with Hanamura, KarQ explains how the first point is slightly more extended than the visuals suggest. The second point, meanwhile has some wonky positions where for smaller heroes, they cannot contest near the right side’s stairs as there is a dead zone.

Temple of Anubis also has some glaring issues with dead zones that will prevent some smaller heroes such as Tracer from being able to contest. The defender’s right-hand corner on the second point features a massive dead zone that can even keep stall heroes like Mei from being able to contest. This is a big deal and something to keep in mind in-game.

Volskaya’s second point is completely busted with a single aerial spot on the point counting as a dead zone. This means that despite the capture point’s height being 8.70 meters, a random mid-air spot doesn’t count.

Moving onto King of the Hill maps, for Ilios Ruins, players can actually contest above every single ledge and corner above the point. This is important because it means that there’s no reason to throw yourself onto the objective and risk your life in overtime.

Meanwhile, Ilios Well, despite being a mirrored back, gives one side an unfair advantage because the point starts four stairs up on one section and only three on the other. One section of the map even features two random dead spots while the other side has potted plants where those dead zones are.

Ilios Well is a broken map
Ilios Well isn’t even mirrored.

This isn’t to say some of the maps aren’t well-made. Hollywood’s first point is nearly perfect on all sides, which makes one wonder why not all of them are like that.

With Overwatch 2 in development, hopefully, the team can adjust all the older maps to make the visual identifier more consistent so players know exactly where they can and can’t contest.