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Cosplay at Cons

Nerds like cosplay. Some craft it, others wear it, and the rest of us enjoy wandering around local conventions in search of our favorite characters. I’ve seen an impressive Sombra, Junkrat, and even a piñata Zenyatta that left me a bit shocked.

Piñata Zenyatta at Senshi Con Courtesy of DavilaFoto on Imgur

This love for cosplay spawned many contests and competitions to award the best of the best. Creators take their craft seriously, perfecting their designs down to the smallest detail. Cosplayers even have fans who watch them create their pieces and go to cons to meet them. This world of cosplay has grown into a massive industry where people can portray their favorite video game and anime characters. Even large companies are getting in on the action.

Blizzard’s Cosplay Battle

Over three months, six teams from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Russia competed in the Overwatch Cosplay Battle. Judges then selected their favorite piece out of the six submissions. The official jury consisted of two cosplay professionals, Svetlana Quindt and Justyna Sosnowska, Rachel Day, a Blizzard visual effects artist, and Renaud Galand, Blizzard’s lead character artist.

Each member of the winning team will receive a brand-new 3D printer worth approximately €2,500. The team voted Community Favorite will receive framed Overwatch artwork signed by the Overwatch development team.

Winners

The Grand Prize Winner for the Overwatch Cosplay Battle was Team France with their Magni Torbjörn. Not only was this piece accurate to the smallest detail, but it also had moving parts and flashing lights.

Torbjorn by Team France Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

The cosplay voted Community Favorite was Team Russia’s Classic D.Va skin. While D.Va herself is relatively easy to recreate, what makes this piece so impressive is the to scale Meka the team created.

D.Va by Team Russia Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

While not everyone could win this competition, the other pieces submitted were as impressive as the winners. The amount of detail and precision in each piece makes these characters come to life in a way previously not seen.

Genji by Team Spain Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment
Symmetra by Team Germany Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment
Genji by Team Italy Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment
Orisa by Team UK Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

I think the Orisa is the most refreshing piece done by all of the teams. Not only did they replicate one of her more detailed skins, but they created a character not typically cosplayed. Everyone’s seen a D.Va or Torbjörn cosplay at a local con, but Orisa is unique. I believe this occurs not only because she’s one of the larger characters in the game, but because there is no practicality to cosplaying this big of a character. While the cosplay itself is beautiful, it would be difficult to walk around a convention as a giant tank.

Regardless of who won, I’m amazed by the beauty of each cosplay presented. The teams put a great deal of effort into each piece, and even though Torbjörn won, each character is deserving of its own praise.