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Overwatch devs reveal hidden Genji Deflect change in PTR update

Published: 25/Jun/2020 19:41 Updated: 25/Jun/2020 19:44

by Michael Gwilliam


Genji’s Deflect received a hidden change on the Overwatch PTR in a new update according to the game’s developers.

The cyborg ninja hero has received quite a few buffs recently to his projectiles, and also his Deflect ability. The two major changes now let him cancel its animation at will. Previously, this was only possible by wall climbing or activating Dragon Blade.

The other significant upgrade came to Deflect’s duration. A buff on June 16 saw it increase from 1.5 seconds all the way to 2. However, it also came with a bit of a bug.

In a post on the official Overwatch forums, user HarleKing explained how the Deflect sound effect didn’t last the full two seconds and was the same as before.

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Genji has been getting a lot of love from the devs recently.

As a result, players who time their shots when they can no longer hear the Deflect effect were having their attacks reflected back into their faces because the ability was still active.

“How are we suppose to learn the new duration if the sound queue is .5 seconds shorter than the actual ability?” the upset player asked.

In Overwatch, timing can be everything and even the slightest mistake, such as firing a shot a fraction of a second too early can have extreme consequences.

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Genji’s Deflect was buffed from 1.5 to 2 seconds.

Deflect is one such ability that can really punish over-eager players looking to score quick eliminations by having their attacks and even Ultimates used against them.

Luckily, it seems like the developers were aware of this bug and fixed it, though the change wasn’t included in the PTR patch notes.

“We have a fix for this issue in 1.50, currently in PTR. Give it a try and let us know how it goes,” replied developer Matt Whited.

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The devs have confirmed Genji’s Deflect was changed.

There’s no telling when the PTR change will hit the live servers, but hopefully it’s combined with a patch that includes the new Experimental Mode changes to Brigitte, Ashe and D.va.

Still, it’s good to know for players that Genji Deflect bugs are being worked on and should be fixed shortly.


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.