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Overwatch cosplayer marks 10 years of StarCraft 2 as Kerrigan Widowmaker

Published: 30/Jul/2020 1:35

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch cosplayer decided to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the release of StarCraft 2 with one of the best takes on Widowmaker’s Kerrigan skin we’ve seen yet.

The Blizzard community celebrated the 10-year anniversary of StarCraft 2’s release on July 27, and Ukrainian cosplayer/Widowmaker fan ‘le_blaaanc_cosplay’ decided to cosplay the Overwatch sniper’s Kerrigan skin to mark the occasion.

For those not versed in StarCraft lore, Sarah Kerrigan starts out as a Terran Ghost, before eventually turning into the Zerg’s Queen of Blades and leading the race’s quest for galactic domination herself following the Brood War.

Widowmaker’s skin is based on Kerrigan’s look when she was a Ghost, and just by the first look at le_blaaanc’s take on the fan-favorite cosmetic, it’s clearly out of this world.

The armor is a spot-on recreation of what we see Widow rocking in Overwatch, and it even includes the Ghost’s optical equipment stashed up in Kerrigan’s fiery red hair.

Her Viper rifle looks exactly the same, as well, although sadly it doesn’t expand and retract as it does in-game. Nitpicking aside though, it’s a great take on the one tool no Widow cosplay is really complete without.

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Swipe to see full size pic ?Character: Widowmaker (Kerrigan skin) Fandom: Overwatch (not Starcraft, please see the reference picture 3 of this post) Ph: @eva_davidova_photo #overwatchgirls #overwatchwidow #overwatchcosplay #widowmakeroverwatch #gamecosplay #blizzardcosplay #widowmaker #kerrigancosplay #starcraftcosplay #overwatchcosplayer #cosplayersofig #cosplayphoto #cosplaygirl #cosplayvscharacter #cosplayersofinstagram

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Scenery can definitely make or break a cosplay, but that was no issue for le_blaaanc, who included shots taken against an industrial background, making it look like she’s fresh out of the barracks and ready to roll.

The interstellar space shots with a blue background definitely look like they could have been pulled off with some post-production editing, but according to the cosplayer they’re actually unedited, with the photos being taken against a real painting, using a smoke machine and some lights added in for effect.

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Последнее фото в буквальном смысле. Мы сделали его на последних минутах истечения срока аренды студии ? Очень благодарна фотографу @eva_davidova_photo за то что оперативно среагировала и выдала наилучший результат! ? Вообще из-за неработающего кондиционера и +32 в студии я чуть не потеряла сознание, и спасибо Еве что спокойно это восприняла и помогла мне прийти в чувство ? English in comments ?? #cosplay #cosplaymakeup #overwatch #overwatchwidow #overwatchcosplay #widowmakeroverwatch #gamecosplay #gamerlife #blizzard #blizzardcosplay #widowmaker #kerrigancosplay #overwatchcosplayer

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Sadly, Overwatch fans are no longer able to pick up the Kerrigan Widowmaker skin, as it was only available until April 3, 2018, as part of Blizzard’s celebration for the 20th anniversary of the first StarCraft game.

Read More: Metroid cosplayer goes viral as mind-blowing real life Samus Aran

For those looking to spice up their games with a bit of StarCraft flavor though, her Nova skin is still available as a Legendary for 1000 coins. Depending on which character you prefer, it might not be as great as Kerrigan, but it’s definitely the next best thing.

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Intriguing Overwatch ability idea turns Sombra into a Support DPS

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch fan has come up with an alternate version of Sombra’s Hack ability that would allow her to provide powerful support to her team, much in the same way that Symmetra was once considered a “Utility” hero.

Any player with more than a few games under their belt knows that there are few things more annoying than getting Hacked by the Mexican stealth hero.

Under its effects, you can’t use any abilities, and passives like Lucio’s Wallride are unavailable as well. But what if it could be used to aid allies as well?

A similar line of thought must have occurred to ‘Jupit’ on Twitter, who came up with an alternate hack that can be used on teammates to reduce their ability cooldowns instead.

In the clip, which is not made with Overwatch itself, Sombra selects Mercy’s resurrect ability while hacking, which reduces the cooldown so she can bring back Tracer even faster.

Obviously this is just a rough (but well-visualized) concept for an ability – so it’s lacking in specifics such as how much the cooldown would be reduced by, what abilities can be hacked, and how it would interfere with her normal abilities, just to name a few.

As one of the most powerful DPS heroes out there right now, not many people are arguing that Sombra needs another incredibly strong ability. But it’s not hard to imagine how this could work if it did get added.

For example, unlike Moira who can switch between beams at a moment’s notice, the technologically blessed hacker would probably need to choose between either hacking an ally or enemy each cooldown, which could open doors to vastly different playstyles that could be developed by players.

Sombra activates EMP
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Sombra is already one of Overwatch’s most powerful DPS heroes, so she might not need such a powerful new ability.

What this does make us think of is Overwatch 2, which will feature customizable skill trees that will let us upgrade hero abilities to make them more powerful as you progress through the single-player portion of the game.

Who’s to say that Sombra won’t have a similar buff to her hack available when the sequel does roll around and Jupit is just lightyears ahead of everyone else? For all we currently know about OW2 (which isn’t much), it’s certainly plausible at least.