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Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2018 – everything we know so far

Published: 24/Nov/2018 0:35 Updated: 24/Nov/2018 0:36

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland event usually begins towards the beginning of December and brings with it special games modes, skins, and other cosmetics.

Overwatch has multiple events that take place throughout the year for different holidays and special occasions. Up next is the Winter Wonderland to celebrate Christmas, which will be followed closely by the Lunar New Year event.

Last year, the Winter Wonderland event introduced a new “Yeti Hunter” game mode pitting a team of Meis up against a powered-up Winston, and it brought back the controversial “Mei’s Snowball Offensive” as well.

The event usually lasts for about three weeks, it started on December 13 in 2016 and December 12 in 2017, running until just after the New Year.

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That means we can assume that Winter Wonderland 2018 will begin on Thursday, December 13 this year, since events tend to start on Thursday.

There could also be changes to either of the Mei special game modes or even a new mode introduced altogether.

As far as skins, Junkrat might be getting a new Nutcracker-inspired skin, if this t-shirt from the Blizzard gear store turns out to be an actual leak.

One hero that could see a new skin is Ashe, who was just introduced at BlizzCon at the beginning of November and, as such, hasn’t gotten any event skins yet.

Whatever skins they come out with, it’s a good bet that the event will get started on December 13, so remember to save those arcade lootboxes that week for Thursday.


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.