The 6 fan art skins these Overwatch heroes deserve

By Kurtis Chan on Mar 31, 2017

*Written by Kurtis and Melvyn

Overwatch fanart is something that is to be much appreciated, offering us humour, exaggerated personalities or qualities of the game's characters and glorious skins that we wish were in the game. That last bit, combined with the current state of several heroes who we feel deserve a fancy new skin, is the reason we've created this article.

Will Blizzard incorporate these awesome fan-created designs into their hero shooter? Probably not, but it'd be utterly cool if they did - because that's how great we think the skins are, and it'd make us want to play the related heroes more.

Without further ado, let's have a gander at them (and our reasons for picking them).

Blackwatch McCree (artist unknown)

Image source: Dorkly
Image source: Dorkly

Although McCree did received the American skin from Summer Games event and Scrooge legendary skin from the Winter Wonderland event, both of these skins are not good enough to make the community agape in awe and they have been demanding new skins for him.

I do agree that both of the skins he received during past events are less to be desired. Honestly speaking, all of his skins are lackluster in my opinion. I mean, what kind of gambler carries a revolver around shooting people instead of carrying casino chips and playing poker?

There are already tons of amazing ideas from the community for McCree's new skin, and my favorite one of all has to be the Blackwatch McCree fanart, which is based on his time working for Blackwatch, Overwatch's covert ops division. Not only that he looks cool, but I do think it is a good addition to the game since his former mentor, Reaper has a Blackwatch skin.

Robin Hood Hanzo (by JSmilesDaniel)

Image source: DeviantArt
Image source: DeviantArt

"Robbing from the rich and giving to the poor," Robin Hood Hanzo at your service. After four seasonal events had passed, Hanzo has only received one new skin which is Demon Hanzo, that is why he is in dire need of a new look. Robin Hood and Hanzo has a distinct similarity, and that is both of them are master of bow and arrows, which is why Robin Hood Hanzo is actually a good idea for Blizzard to work on Hanzo's new outfit.

Trinity:76 (artist unknown)

Image source: Pinterest
Image source: Pinterest

Good old Jack Morrison is sharing the same fate as Hanzo, where he has only received one new skin ever since Overwatch was officially launched. He only received a mediocre Immortal Soldier:76 skin during Halloween and it totally resembles Michael Jackson in his hit song 'Thriller', what a rip-off.

The Trinity:76 skin looks nice and futuristic, and also the best looking one out there in the Internet. Even though it is cool-looking and all, to me it's classified as an epic tier skin, where in turn Soldier:76 desperately needs a new legendary skin. Well, let's see what Blizzard has up their sleeves.

Magician Genji (by Taux)

Image source: tauxy.tumblr.com
Image source: tauxy.tumblr.com
 

Genji is not as in need of a skin as the others but I couldn't just leave out this amazing Genji skin fanart. Initially, I did not think that Magician Genji look good in any way, until I understand the concept behind it.

If you know how League of Legends' Twisted Fate's Q works, then you will know that Genji's alternate fire (right-click) works the same where Twisted Fate's cards and Genji's shuriken will travel and spread out into a triangle. For Magician Genji, he will shoot out cards instead of shurikens which is why I think it's a well-thought concept. When he uses his ultimate, he will pull off a magic cane to slice and dice the enemies. Blizzard is known for listening well to the feedbacks from the community, let's see if they will listen this time.

DVA (by Crymsonette; inspired by artwork from Aedel Fakhrie)

Image source: DeviantArt
Image source: DeviantArt

While D.Va fan art typically have me fanboying over D.Va herself (due to them tending to focus on her person), this is the first to have me finally gaping at her MEKA. And to be honest, the mech nearly steals D.Va’s thunder from her. Those gold wings - those gorgeous gold wings - are probably to blame here, but in general the design gives off a wonderfully regal aura while maintaining the look of a machine build for war.

D.Va herself still looks pretty goof, although with a more mature and sinister appearance. To my eyes she has a bit of an assassin’s look, which pairs well with the black chassis of her MEKA. I wish her suit was gold rather than orange to match the MEKA better, but even with the visual disparity and D.Va’s darker air, I still find this fan art skin to be pretty admirable.

Magical Girl Pharah & Mercy Fan Concept (by Rachel Kong)

Image source: ArtStation
Image source: ArtStation

Since their skins here share the same theme and come from the same artist (plus Pharmercy and all that), I figured that we’d tackle Mercy and Pharah at the same time. Anyway, as you can see here, ladies and gents, these two are clad in wonderfully dazzling pink magical girl-themed outfits with stars. To be frank, I think the magical girl look actually suits (no pun intended) Pharah more - especially when I imagine her unleashing her ultimate and exclaiming “justice from above” with the tone of an anime character while apt music plays in the background.

That also means the magical girl armour won’t achieve its complete awesome potential with Pharah’s typical personality, but perhaps the costume will be able to produce sufficient magic by itself nevertheless.

Still, Mercy doesn’t look bad in this outfit at all - I wish her expression was friendlier though - but I think she’d need custom magical girl voicelines more than Pharah to really make the costume stand out.

 

Bonus:

Nova (for Widowmaker)

Image source: Pinterest
Image source: Pinterest

Okay, this is a huge exception from the fan art skin theme but... if Nova can get a Widowmaker skin in Heroes of the Storm, than Widowmaker deserves a Nova skin in Overwatch too! But putting personal logic and wishes aside, I have to admit that having crossover skins would mess with Overwatch’s visual theme and style…. or would it? (Looks at Zenyatta’s nutcracker skin.)

I think Nova would make for a good skin for Widowmaker due to her using a sniper rifle, being a non-frontline warrior and being rather sexy (although less intentionally than Widowmaker and without the seductive side). The Ghosts’ hostile environment suit also looks stylish and cool, and most importantly, having Nova as an Overwatch skin means we get to control her - well, kind of - with a non-top down camera view. That’ll be pretty sweet, right?

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Kurtis Chan
About the Author
Assistant Editor at Gamehubs who is an e-Sports enthusiast (mainly on League of Legends and Overwatch). Still saving up for a PS4.....
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