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Overwatch announces competitive map pool for Season 20

Published: 2/Jan/2020 23:09

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch Competitive Season 20 is in full swing and with it, the game’s map pool has changed as well.

Season 19 was the first season to introduce a limited map pool, which was welcomed by the community. Instead of having every map in the game on rotation, the limited selected allowed for users to enhance their skills on a select list of Assault, Escort, Hybrid and Control maps.

Of note, some of the game’s most controversial Assault maps, Paris and Horizon Lunar Colony were removed from rotation for Season 19 and many fans will be pleased to learn that they remain on the sidelines for the twentieth installment of Overwatch competitive.

Blizzard EntertainmentRussia remains in Overwatch’s map pool for Season 20.

In fact, all of the Assault maps from Season 19 remain intact with the original three: Hanamura, Temple of Anubis and Volskaya Industries returning.

On the Escort side of things, players will be moving alongside the payload on Dorado, Rialto and Havana. Unfortunately, this means that Watchpoint Gibraltar has been relegated to quick play.

With Hybrid, the ever-popular King’s Row remains in rotation alongside the German map Eichenwalde. However, Hollywood has been replaced by Numbani.

Finally, there are two changes on the Control/King of the Hill front. Busan returns for Season 20 and is joined by Illios and Oasis. Nepal and Lijang Tower, meanwhile will be out of rotation until at least Season 21.

It’s interesting to see how the Assault rotation remains the exact same. 2CP is often viewed as Overwatch’s most controversial game mode with many players voicing immense dislike of Paris in particular due to how the map overwhelming favors the defenders.

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With no new PTR up and running yet, it may be possible that Blizzard is in the process of refining some of the more unpopular maps to make them more fun to play.

It will be interesting to see what the map rotation will look like come Season 21 and what the community’s reaction will be once maps like Paris join the pool once again.


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.