Overwatch League’s first stage of Season Two will be played on current PTR patch - Dexerto

Overwatch League’s first stage of Season Two will be played on current PTR patch

Published: 17/Jan/2019 21:43 Updated: 17/Jan/2019 22:03

by Bill Cooney


The Overwatch League, in a major change from last season, will start Season Two by playing the game on the patch that’s currently on the PTR.

During the League’s first season, teams would play on an older version of the game than the one that was currently live on servers.

The League’s reasoning was to allow teams and players to get used to new changes – but it attracted a fair amount of criticism from fans.

Now, after last week’s pro Pickup Games hosted by Dallas Fuel Assistant Coach Justin ‘Jayne‘ Conroy, Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer announced that the upcoming Stage One of OWL will be played with the patch currently on the PTR.

Nanzer did mention during last week’s streams that he wanted to get the League’s patches more in line with what was in the game, and it looks like he followed through.

The change in the patch isn’t the only one for the new season; with eight new expansion teams, the League has also changed what days on which matches will take place. In Season Two, matches will be held on Thursday through Sunday, instead of Wednesday through Saturday as played in the Inaugural Season.

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The patch currently on the PTR takes the damage reduction provided by armor down from -5 to -3, making tanks and any other characters who use armor a little easier to kill.

It also buffs Reaper’s Life steal passive to regenerate 50 percent of damage dealt, instead of only 30, and increases the cooldown of D.Va’s Defense Matrix from one second to two. 

Finally, Brigitte’s ultimate ability Rally, got capped with a 30 second maximum.

Overwatch League’s second season gets going on Thursday, February 14 when the Philadelphia Fusion take on the London Spitfire in a rematch of last year’s finals as the first match of 2019.


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.