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Overwatch players want more variety in Competitive map rotation

Published: 8/Apr/2020 20:04

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch players are wondering why developers haven’t implemented a system more regularly like the game’s Hero Pools, but instead, for maps.

The title does have rotating sets of stages they implement for Competitive play in an effort to switch things up each Season.

Compared to the more recent Hero Pools update, though, which changes every week, having the same 12 maps available for a couple of months just doesn’t seem to make sense to some players.

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The maps available in Competitive Season 21, which ends on May 7.

On Reddit, a user by the name of ‘Hyperbolic_Response‘ suggested that if Blizzard were to keep the map rotations, they should make them weekly, in the same style of Hero Pools.

“A whole season of the same few maps gets boring really quickly,” Hyperbolic argued – and while some players seemed to agree, others had a different idea.

One of the most popular suggestions, in addition to a quicker rotation, was to just get rid of map pools altogether, with a couple of special exceptions.

“They should just ban Paris and that’s it,” Reddit user KChen48 suggested, before adding anther infamously unpopular map. “And Horizon.”

If Blizzard is keeping map rotations, make them weekly, like hero bans. from r/Overwatch

However, there might be good news around the corner for players who are sick of Dorado and Rialto this season, as Jeff Kaplan himself has promised changes to the competitive map pool coming ‘soon’.

“We’re making changes,” Jeff promised at the end of March. “Scott is writing up a blog post about it. Info in the next few weeks.”

We haven’t gotten any updates yet, but Kaplan was replying to a user who also complaining at the time about being able to only play 12 different maps over the roughly two-months of each competitive season.

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Paris isn’t in the current Competitive rotation, but that doesn’t mean players don’t want it gone anyways.

As we covered above, developers could go a couple of different ways with map pools, at least – either changing them to update weekly along with the hero pools, or just getting rid of them entirely.

Whatever they decide to do, it’s clear Overwatch players are ready for anything to break up the monotony of the current map rotation.


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.