March 19 Overwatch update significantly buffs damage against armor for some heroes - Dexerto

March 19 Overwatch update significantly buffs damage against armor for some heroes

Published: 20/Mar/2019 8:46 Updated: 20/Mar/2019 9:54

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch player has put together a series of comparisons to demonstrate exactly how the latest update affects the game.

On March 19, one of the biggest patches in recent memory hit Overwatch, not only introducing a new hero but also making a huge swathe of balance adjustments.

It can be hard to visualize exactly what a change might look like in-game, however, especially for some of the more abstract or ambiguous updates such as the change to armor. To help clarify exactly what this update means in-game, u/itsjieyang put together some comparisons between the previous patch and the new state of the game.

The update made two significant updates to the way armor works. In an effort to improve the consistency of how beam-type and damage-over time damage interacts with armor, the former is now reduced by 20% in all cases, while the latter is no longer mitigated by armor at all.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe latest update also introduced Baptiste, Overwatch’s 30th hero.

The change to beam-type damage is negligible in the cases of Symmetra, Zarya, and Moira, but it constitutes a significant buff for Winston and Mei, who were previously unduly punished by armor because of how their weapons interacted with it.

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The damage-over-time change is more straightforward in its impact, a direct buff to all damage-over-time effects. Naturally, this benefits the more powerful abilities, like Ashe’s Dynamite or Widowmaker’s Venom Mine, most significantly.

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This isn’t the first time armor has been updated, with Blizzard also fairly recently adjusting it so that non-replenishable armor, such as the armor provided by Brigitte’s ultimate ability, Rally, always sits above recoverable health, shields, or armor, rather than being protected by recoverable shields and therefore lasting longer than it otherwise should.

The armor changes come amid a huge variety of other balance updates, so what the overall affect on the game’s meta will be remains to be seen.


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.