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Overwatch streamer Seagull rages at viewer who tells him to smurf

Published: 1/Jun/2020 22:36

by Michael Gwilliam


Retired Overwatch pro turned full-time Twitch streamer Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned didn’t hold back his anger after a viewer suggested he should ‘smurf’ in ranked games.

‘Smurfing’ is a term used when someone, normally a skilled player, makes another account that is significantly lower-rated than their main to dominate in that ELO range.

Not all smurfing is “bad” per se, as sometimes players will make a new account to learn a new hero or to play with friends who they otherwise would not be able to due to SR limitations.

Regardless, Seagull absolutely exploded on a viewer when they commented he should “really use a new account to get back into the flow.”

“That’s insulting!” he raged. “Go f**k yourself.”

For Seagull, who is typically a happy-go-lucky streamer, to get so mad, caught his chat a bit off guard.

“You think I should just smurf on a new account and ruin probably dozens of games for people? No thanks,” he slammed.

Given the skill differential between ranks, having someone like Seagull play in Platinum, Diamond, or Masters games could really throw the matchmaking off and lead to undeserved victories and/or losses for the eleven other players involved.

Later on, the streamer continued his outburst when another viewer suggested that he was ruining games for Grand Master players instead.“To all the f**king toxic morons in chat, let’s sit down and let’s talk about this. Guys, do you or do you not think within three games I would be back to like 70% getting used to sh*t?” he went on. “You saying I need dozens of games to get good is less than I had of all of Overwatch League. You ever think about that?”

Smurfing is allowed in Overwatch, but Game Director Jeff Kaplan did state that the dev team “hates” how some players will use it to throw games, boost account, and manipulate matchmaking. To combat this issue, he’s even urged for phone verification on accounts.

Hopefully, we’ll see some changes soon, but until then, it’s clear that both Seagull and Kaplan are opposed to the negative sides of smurfing in ranked games.


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.