Meet Noel. AKA D.Va

We sat down with Noel, the ROG Arena Road 2 Blizzcon cosplay contest winner, to see what makes her a Cosplay champ.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Let's see. I am from Seattle, WA. I am a big Blizzard fan. Been playing WoW since BC (2007), and played Diablo and Warcraft before that, and now Overwatch is my main game of choice.

Can you tell us how you felt when you heard the news that you won?

I honestly couldn't believe that I had one. I didn't really think I had much of a chance. Goes to show that you should try even if you think you aren't going to get something.

How much time did it take you to make the winning outfit for ROG2BlizzCon?

I would estimate that it took about a month to get everything assembled.

What inspired the costume you chose to create?

I am a huge Overwatch fan. It's currently my favorite game. D.va was a perfect fit. She's Asian, and loves video games...just like me!

When did you first start cosplaying and how did you get started?

I've always been into dressing up. Halloween is naturally my favorite holiday. The rest of the year I look for any excuse to dress up. So cosplay was right up my alley.

What is one costume you’ve always wanted to try creating?

Next up will probably be Widowmaker also from Overwatch. It will be nice to not have to wear a wig!

How long have you been a gamer?

I've been a gamer since I was little. I helped out my mom's friend's shoe store when I was little. I would help straighten the shoes and stock the shelves. As payment the owner gave me quarters that I would take over to the arcade next door. I would spend all my earnings on the cabinets. My favorite game from back then was called Gladiator. I also spent a LOT of time playing Gauntlet (Warrior needs food badly).

What’s your favorite Blizzard game?

Overwatch is my favorite Blizzard game now. I love the little details in the game. I am slightly obsessed with following the lore of the game, and I think the way that Blizzard went about telling the back story of the characters is intriguing. It's not really in your face. You have to hunt for the story, but once you know it's there you will find little clues to it in the game. Like Hanzo's arrows on the Hanamura map from the animated short when he tries to shoot Genji. Or the little banter the characters have with each other while you are waiting for a match to start.

How long have you been playing Blizzard games specifically?

I remember playing Warcraft back around 1999. My friends would have LAN parties and we would all cram into a room with our computers and play against each other. I was pretty awful cause I would send my peons out to chop lumber and would get too focused on that, and by the time I was about to build my first structure I was already getting attacked by someone.

What does BlizzCon mean to you?

BlizzCon means getting together with a bunch of people that have the same love as I do. I know each and every person there GETS me, and we all have something in common. Blizzard fans are amazing people, and I love sharing the experience with them.

What was the craziest thing you saw at BlizzCon?

MUSE! I have been wanting to see them forever, and I was so stoked to find out they were playing. They were just as great live as I had heard they were. Also all the cosplay eye candy. There are a lot of super talented cos-players out there, and I feel like they go all out for BlizzCon.

Who did you bring with you to BlizzCon?

I brought my friend Crystal. She has been wanting to get into gaming again after a bit of a break. After we got back home she bought Overwatch right away. Muah-ha-ha-haaaa! My evil plan worked!

What was your favorite moment from BlizzCon?

My favorite moment from BlizzCon was hanging with my homies. My WoW guild (The Herd) is based out of SoCal so many of them were at the con. I also  had some other LA friends there too, and it was great to see everyone that I don't get to see all that often since I'm up in the pacific northwest.