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When is Overwatch’s 2019 Winter Wonderland event?

Published: 13/Nov/2019 8:20 Updated: 6/Dec/2019 15:27

by Joe O'Brien


With the holiday season approaching, many Overwatch fans will be eagerly anticipating the next in-game event, which will be the Christmas-themed Winter Wonderland.

In-game events offer both a range of different activities and a brand-new set of cosmetics, giving players something new to play for beyond the regular offerings of the game.

Up next on the calendar is Winter Wonderland, which will bring winter-themed skins, two new game modes, and a festive make-over to some of the game’s maps. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming event.

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When is Winter Wonderland 2019?

Overwatch events typically follow a fairly consistent schedule each year, and while a few of them have deviated a little in 2019, it seems Winter Wonderland is set to fill its usual slot of kicking off in the second week of December.

Jeff Kaplan recently confirmed on the official Blizzard forums that the current PTR patch is scheduled to go live “next week” – meaning the week beginning Monday December 9 – along with the Winter Wonderland event. Given that Blizzard typically patch on a Tuesday, the update and the event can be expected on December 10. Updates do occasionally occur on Thursdays too, so if not then, the patch could arrive on December 12.

Assuming it is not extended beyond the usual length, the event will last for three weeks, likely concluding at the end of December.

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What skins will be released for Winter Wonderland 2019?

For many players, new cosmetics are a highlight of the seasonal events, with each one introducing a variety of new looks for certain heroes.

Winter Wonderland is likely to introduce 8-10 new skins, of which the majority should be Legendary rarity, and will likely be a mix of festive Christmas-themed looks and more generic winter aesthetics.

Exactly which heroes will be getting a new skin for Winter Wonderland this year remains largely unknown so far, although Blizzard did reveal an icy ‘Lich King’ skin for Sigma, inspired by the World of Warcraft villain of the same name, at BlizzCon, which would seem to be appropriate for the Winter Wonderland event.

What game modes will Winter Wonderland bring?

Each in-game event comes with its own unique, limited-time game modes, and Winter Wonderland is no different. For the duration of the event, players can expect to have the chance to play both Mei’s Snowball Offensive, and Yeti Hunter.

The Snowball Offensive game mode sees all players spawn in as Mei, with a modified version of her weapon firing snowballs that instantly eliminate opponents. Yeti Hunter, meanwhile, sees five players as Mei attempt to take down a single ‘Yeti’, played by Winston.

While the game modes offered by seasonal events typically remain the same, Blizzard often make minor additions each year – perhaps in the form of extra maps, or slight changes to the ruleset to offer players a slightly different experience to previous seasons.


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.