Overwatch's Reaper PTR update makes frustrating Shadowsteps much easier - Dexerto

Overwatch’s Reaper PTR update makes frustrating Shadowsteps much easier

Published: 29/Mar/2019 0:45 Updated: 29/Mar/2019 1:41

by Bill Cooney


Reaper’s recent PTR update has a lot of Overwatch players talking, and the early consensus seems to be that the changes to Shadowstep were very long overdue.

Players have had problems with Shadowstep since day one, and it’s been considered a “throwaway” ability by many because it can’t really be used once you make contact with the enemy, in its current form.

The changes to Reaper’s movement ability currently on the PTR are aimed at making it a more viable ability by reducing the time it takes for Reaper to move after teleporting and making it able to be used after a jump or while falling.

It also makes the ability more stable when teleporting to a surface with railings, which means some of the most annoying places to Shadowstep with Reaper are now much easier.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe update will also make Reaper less of a sitting duck after using Shadowstep.

In a clip posted to Reddit, user XTeKoX posted a clip comparing Reaper’s Shadowstep as it live right now, and how it works on the PTR after the update.

Specifically, they focus on teleporting to the other side of the gap on Lijiang Temple’s Garden stage, which has plenty of railings and positions to throw Shadowstep’s targeting off enough to be really annoying for players.

Now, it seems the problems with railings have been fixed on the PTR and choosing a spot to teleport looks smoother and less maddening than ever before.

Instead of getting caught up on the railings as it does on live servers, Reaper is easily and quickly able to choose where he wants to teleport, which can make all the difference when you’re setting up for the round-winning team fight.

The MOST frustrating Shadowstep is now easy to do on PTR from r/Overwatch

The problems Reaper players have had with Shadowstep are almost as old as Overwatch itself and users in the comments of the post seemed relieved changes were finally happening.

“Can’t believe it took 3 YEARS to finally have a usable E ability for Reaper,” one user wrote in one of the post’s top-voted comments.

The Reaper changes, along with updates to Symmetra and Junkrat, went live on the PTR on March 25, and there’s still no word when the changes will be making it to the live game, but there’s a chance Blizzard might try to implement them sometime before the start of Overwatch League Stage 2.


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.