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Overwatch players explain why hero pools could be a good thing

Published: 1/Feb/2020 1:57

by Bill Cooney


Ever since Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan announced the “Hero Pools” feature coming to the game, its community has been split on whether or not it’s what the title needs.

A number of Overwatch pros and community members have already come out to explain why they think Hero Pools aren’t necessarily the play for the popular team-based shooter.

However, there are some in the Overwatch community who think the new setup will actually help competitive play in the long run.

Retired Houston Outlaws DPS Jacob ‘JAKE’ Lyon said that personally, he was looking forward to the kind of play hero pools in Overwatch could produce.

“Personally, I love that aspect of Overwatch, where you pick crazy strats and you execute wild stuff that other teams didn’t think would work, but you understand how to make it work,” JAKE reflected. “I think the Hero Pool will make that happen a lot more often, instead of just when a new patch hits.”

“You can never really rest on your laurels and be like ‘oh we’re great at GOATS, we’ll just keep grinding this,’ that doesn’t exist anymore, and I’m happy about that,” he continued. “As a viewer, as a fan, I’m happy for that. As a player yeah, it’s a lot, but it’s also a lot for every player.”

Dallas Fuel Head Coach AAron ‘Aero’ Atkins also claimed that he didn’t mind Hero Pools, and even thought it could be an “interesting idea.”

“I like working on the minor details in an attempt to perfect a comp, but I also enjoy pushing creativity/chaos,” Aero wrote. “My main concern is the 1 week notice. We’ll see how it plays out, but adaptability will be rewarded.”

Finally, Atlanta Reign pro Dusttin ‘Dogman’ Bowerman compared the “Hero Pool” to what sounds like a colorful line from the intro of Wu-Tang Clan’s “Method Man”.

However Hero Pools end up working out for the Overwatch League and the game’s wider audience, it certainly will be a change to what players are used to up to now.

What do you think about the divisive decision, and how do you think this will affect competitive Overwatch going forward?


Overwatch cosplayer gets ready for Halloween as a perfect Mercy

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:39 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 6:35

by Nate Searl


Halloween is almost upon us, and cosplayers everywhere are preparing for the holiday. This Overwatch Mercy cosplay goes above and beyond when bringing this angelic healer to life and deserves some extra recognition. 

When Overwatch came out back in 2016, there were only three healers, and Mercy was one of them. A lot has changed since then and there are a lot more Heroes, and the hero herself has seen quite a few changes. Despite this, she remains a fan favorite, especially for cosplayers.

There are plenty of awesome OW cosplays out there, but Hanxiaoyue really brings her to life with the help of @Anka_Ephemere on Twitter. The two collaborate for a fantastic rendition with excellent photography and visual effects.

Mercy cosplayer preps for Halloween

Despite the fact that Witch Mercy is Mercy’s Halloween skin, Hanxiaoyue went with the Winged Victory skin with some extra spooky effects, and she nailed it. Starting with her hair, she puts her blonde hair in a ponytail and parts her bangs. It is held back by a golden crown with wing-like ear guards, just like in the cosmetic. To cap it off, she includes the fern-like plants behind her ears.

For her attire, she dons a white tunic with gold embroidery held up with a brown rope. On her arms and legs, she wears bracelets. On her back, she has Mercy’s signature wings, modeled directly off of the skin. Then, there is of course the staff, which is perfect down to the last little leaf.

If the cosplay itself wasn’t impressive enough, the graphic design that goes along with it really gives it life. @Anka_Ephemere includes two shots with Mercy on a dark and fiery battlefield, and then another two with her at what appears to be Ilios Ruins.

The first two images are fitting for the hero, as she is a beacon of hope and light on the battlefield. The Winged Victory skin also based on the Goddess Nike and works well with the other images on Ilios, which is an Overwatch map based on Santorini in Greece.

This is one of the most impressive Mercy cosplays out there, and Hanxiaoyue really brings the character to life along with @Anka-Ephemere’s photography and graphic design.