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Unique Overwatch armor pack rework could finally balance Brigitte

Published: 24/Jun/2020 0:23

by Michael Gwilliam


Brigitte has long been one of Overwatch’s most controversial heroes with her armor-based abilities being a major issue for players at many levels, but one new idea could help keep her in check while maintaining her armor.

Repair pack is a powerful ability that, in the live version of the game, can give an ally 50 armor while also healing 110 HP over two seconds. On the Experimental Card, however, the armor is completely taken out of the equation, making it exclusively a heal-based ability.

The community’s reaction to these changes has been mixed, but despite buffs to her shield health to compensate, they still result in a net nerf to her kit.

How can Brigitte’s armor be balanced?

Reddit user mahads75 has an idea that could bring armor back to Brigitte’s kit while still removing the over-heal aspect.

“What if armor just replaced health?” they asked on the Competitive Overwatch subreddit. “For example, Tracer would not be able to be 200 hp and would instead be 100 base health and 50 armor and would go away after the same amount of time as it is right now.”

Brigitte Whipshots Roadhog into well on Ilios
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Brigitte has been a controversial hero since her addition.

The benefit to this is that armor has some damage-mitigation benefits over standard health. By converting regular health into armor, it won’t be nearly as oppressive as on the live server while not feeling as weak as it does on the Experimental Card.

Mahads75 continued with their explanation: “if a hero has lost health and the armor pack would instead heal up the health like regular and any armor left extra would then replace health… For example, if Gengi has lost 175 HP and received an armor pack he would be healed to 200 HP and then get 25 of his HP replaced with armor.”

Additionally, for characters with shield health, they would have their regenerative shield HP converted to armor for a brief period of time.

Brigitte shieldbashes Junkrat on Volskaya
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Should Brigitte be able to convert health to armor?

The suggestion has been widely praised by others who called it a “creative” idea that would make Brigitte into a more robust healer, allowing her to maintain a presence on the battlefield while not being too overpowered.

If the developers at Blizzard are looking for inspiration on how to better balance this hero, this concept seems like a great place to start.


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.