Overwatch PTR update silently buffs deadly D.Va and Symmetra combo - Dexerto

Overwatch PTR update silently buffs deadly D.Va and Symmetra combo

Published: 4/Apr/2019 8:04 Updated: 4/Apr/2019 8:24

by Joe O'Brien


An undocumented change on the Overwatch PTR appears to have buffed the combo of D.Va’s Self-Destruct and Symmetra’s teleporter.

D.Va’s self-destruct can be one of the most devastating ultimates in the game when it catches enemies unawares, capable of wiping out an entire team.

To balance its destructive power, however, the self-destruct has several limitations. It’s relatively slow moving, has a predictable trajectory once set off, is very easy to keep track of and allows several seconds for enemies to react between the voice line that warns of it and the actual explosion.

As a result, experienced players should be quite accustomed to playing around the self-destruct, either by having a tank block it or simply moving out of range. Massive self-destruct multi-kills are therefore much less common than they were in the early days of Overwatch.

There are still tricks that can be used to increase the odds of landing a big self-destruct, however, and one of the most powerful involves combining with Symmetra. In her current form, Symmetra can place teleporters much more frequently than when it was her ultimate ability, and these can be used to transport the exploding mech behind enemy lines to catch them unawares.

Blizzard EntertainmentD.Va’s self-destruct is incredibly powerful, but enemies can often avoid it.

The latest update to the Overwatch Public Test Realm (PTR) featured an update to Symmetra designed to make it easier for her to place her teleporter, but there also seems to have been another undisclosed change that affects this particular interaction.

On the live servers, sending a self-destruct through a Symmetra portal will result in it continuing its trajectory in exactly the same direction on the other end. On the PTR, however, the bomb now flies out vertically.

Overwatch player u/AndyGMB, who has a reputation for identifying creative spots and tactics, demonstrated the change in the latest PTR update.

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It’s not exactly clear whether this is an intended update or a bug, but it’s arguably a buff to this combination. Sending D.Va’s self-destruct into the sky is often a better play, as it’s harder for Reinhardts to cover their teammates when the explosion is above them, and moving their shield skywards leaves them exposed from all angles.

As this is the PTR, Blizzard still have time to adjust this interaction with the teleporter before the change hits the live servers, but as it stands the combo could soon be even more deadly than before.


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.