Overwatch pros explain why Doomfist nerfs are a 'death sentence' - Dexerto

Overwatch pros explain why Doomfist nerfs are a ‘death sentence’

Published: 16/Jan/2020 6:04

by Brad Norton


While the controversial DPS hero was once a staple throughout competitive Overwatch, a number of current and former pro players have outlined the latest set of nerfs as an outright ‘death sentence’ for the character.

Doomfist is capable of deleting a large majority of heroes from the map incredibly quickly due to his powerful arsenal of melee-based abilities. From Seismic Slam to Rocket Punch, he has long been an unstoppable force in Overwatch able to find eliminations before enemies can even react.

A recent set of balance updates have adjusted the damage-dealing character however, and a variety of Overwatch veterans and experienced Doomfist players, are complaining that the hero is now far from ideal.

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Doomfist was the fourth hero introduced following the launch of Overwatch.

The latest alteration to the hero came with Patch 1.44 in a January 9 PTR update. Increasing the cooldown time of his Rising Uppercut ability from 0.2 to 0.5 seconds, the hero has become somewhat less mobile.

Unable to get in and out of fights as rapidly now, veteran players have been criticizing the most recent patch and slamming the Doomfist nerf. “Why would you make it so the most fun hero in the game is now un-fun?” popular Twitch streamer and now-Philadelphia Fusion player Philip ‘ChipSa’ Graham questioned.

“You nerf one of his abilities so bad that you just can’t play him. What makes Doomfist fun is the fluidity of his movement. Flying around the map and doing these sick combos. You can’t do this anymore now because your uppercut f***s you.”

The Doomfist expert added that“if you play against any hero in the game that can do damage…uppercutting is going to get you killed and it’s really sad.”

Echoing a similar sentiment, former Houston Outlaws DPS star Jake Lyon explained how the latest Doomfist changes come as a result of Blizzard wanting to balance the game for more casual players.

“It’s literally for noobs. It’s a classic ‘for noobs’ change,” he stated during a January 13 stream. “The noobs are like ‘ahh Doomfist. He’s too scary’…well let’s make him f***ing stun himself. Problem solved,” he joked.

Jake explained how the adjustment “is incredibly bad for competitive play.” Taking away Doomfist’s ability to enter a fight with ease and pull off a swift combo, “is a great way to ensure [he] is CRUSHED at a high-level of play.”

With this supposedly being the final patch to hit the PTR prior to the Overwatch League starting, there’s a good chance that Doomfist is relegated to a niche pick moving forward, if the changes stick.

While Doomfist has been the primary talking point as a result of recent nerfs, Patch 1.44 also impacted the likes of Mei and Hanzo to offset the current state of Damage-based play in ranked and competitive play. 


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.