Overwatch community outraged by alleged plans to revamp Contenders - Dexerto

Overwatch community outraged by alleged plans to revamp Contenders

Published: 4/Jul/2020 0:26

by Theo Salaun


Blizzard has long endured criticism for their treatment of Overwatch’s Tier 2 scene, and recent reports of a major revamp to the Overwatch Contenders system have only heightened such scrutiny.

As it stands, the Contenders system consists of minor league teams (some affiliated directly with Overwatch League organizations), which compete in regional regular seasons and playoffs with a prize pool. Now, according to GGRecon’s sources, Blizzard is considering shifting to a new format that will break teams apart for monthly, draft-based tournaments.


While Contenders has provided the OWL with many top players, the T2 scene has still struggled with academy teams disbanding, players exiting, and a general lack of support. Still, in 2020 alone, those teams have given the league players like Kyeong-bo ‘Alarm’ Kim, Jun-ki ‘Yaki’ Kim, and… the entire Vancouver Titans roster.

The idea of a draft-based tournament is fun in theory, as it most popularly lent hype to the captain-drafted NBA All Star Games in 2019 and 2020 – but doing away with an entire team structure for monthly drafted tournaments destabilizes team environments that are crucial to developing pro-ready T2 talent. 


As noted by Florida Mayhem General Manager Albert ‘yeHHH’ Yeh, the new system essentially turns the Contenders scene into “a pug group.” He also clarifies two crucial factors that hurt the path-to-pro ideal: 1) Official tournament play being confined to drafts disincentivizes organizational involvement, and 2) breaking team cohesion and longevity disrupts intangible player growth.

To elaborate on the rumored 2021 format, official play would be confined to monthly prized tournaments between teams drafted by captains. Outside of these tournaments, organizations would be permitted to have their teams participate in any events hosted by third parties.

Considering how dependent Overwatch is on teamwork, forcing aspiring professionals to play on randomized rosters for most of the year makes it hard for anyone who’s not a superstar Korean DPS to prove their value. A clear example of how valuable OWL teams consider a team’s cohesion to be comes through the Titans, who opted to bring in three of their six players from the same Second Wind Contenders roster.


Making players draft their own teams for a tournament is spicy and exciting, albeit making gameplay sloppier. Turning that into the basis for their entire official circuit may save organizations some money, but hurts the quality of the games (as well as scrims with OWL teams), and puts too much pressure on third-party organizers.

As it stands, these changes would primarily take place in Europe and North America, with the format adjustments for the other regions presently undetermined. The Overwatch community will be actively monitoring these rumors, as they could have a major impact on the game’s professional scene.


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.