Jordyn McCoy "Lucy in Disguise" | Lone Star Vanguard supporting Houston Outlaws
Image by Avarice Conspiracy Photography (@accosplaytx on Instagram)

Meet Jordyn “Lucy in Diguise” McCoy, an Austin native and pivotal leader for Overwatch League and Houston Outlaws’ communities. In 2018, she helped start the Lone Star Vanguard, which would later become the official supporter group for her hometown team. In addition to hosting watch parties, McCoy is also a rising content creator for the Outlaws. During her spare time, you can catch her streaming on her Twitch channel.

We had the pleasure to sit down and talk with her about Overwatch, her pet peeves, and how she became a prominent figure in the Houston Outlaws community.

You can follow her cosplay journey on Instagram, chat with her on Twitch, and give her a shoutout on Twitter!

Daily Esports: How did you get into Overwatch?

Jordyn “LucyInDisguise” McCoy: I was a few months late into Overwatch because I honestly hadn’t heard much about it, but my friends convinced me to buy it around the first Halloween event. I picked D.Va to start because she was cute and my friends were already DPS / support mains. D.Va’s role and the kit actually fit my play style well, so I fell in love with the game.

That’s awesome! I am a D.Va main myself. Speaking of friends, what is the Lone Star Vanguard, and how did it start?

The Lone Star Vanguard is a community of gamers, streamers, and esports fans that found their footing as the first official watch party of an Overwatch League team. I helped us get noticed by the Outlaws marketing team and attended every party and volunteer opportunity. Since season one, the LSV has combined forces with the Houston and San Antonio-based watch parties to form one bigger gaming organization. We celebrate all styles and methods of gaming while retaining our fundamental shared interest in the Outlaws.

What’s your biggest pet peeve when streaming?

Since cosplay is only part of my contract for events and such, I have the privilege to stream under the Outlaws’ name, as well. I’m not the best at the games I play by any means, but I think streaming requires a balance of skill and entertainment value — attributes I’ve worked hard to attain given my shy personality and equipment limitations. I think my biggest pet peeve while streaming is when people point out these impediments. Some streamers are overcoming anxiety and other issues in their life; some can’t afford the same rigs or gear as popular streamers. Please don’t take content creators at face value. They are people with emotions and everyday struggles, just like you!

Besides streaming, you’re also an established cosplayer. Who or what inspired you to cosplay and why?

I’m going to thank my grandmother for inspiring me to cosplay. My grandma would make my costumes as a child, and still does! She actually made the suit for my Pok√©mon Trainer D.Va. I was obsessed with super heroes and had nicknames for everyone in my family, like my Uncle Batman, whose name is ironically Robin. My first time cosplaying, and first Comic Con, was actually to meet my favorite Batman at Wizard World Austin. I’m so grateful my mom took me to my first Comic Con, and I haven’t stopped dressing up and traveling since.

What motivates me now is the friends I’ve made through it and the imagination and hope we spark when children see us in costume. Growing up, I was influenced by a lot of stories and characters, so I know how that feels to look up to heroes, fictional or real, and relate to strong women and people of color. (My father’s side being African American, and mother’s being Hawaiian and Japanese.)

That’s amazing. It was always nice to have role models while growing up. Do you have any advice for someone who is a beginner in cosplay?

When it comes to getting into cosplay, I have a few tips, but I also have a few warnings. This is purely my experience, not necessarily a staple of the community. I have dealt with not only general hate and nasty comments, but elitism. I want to preface by saying I believe cosplay is for everyone, as long as you aren’t violating common decency, e.g., blackface. Unfortunately, there will be people who tell you that “you can’t be that person because you’re not x,” be it face shape, ethnicity, body shape, gender, etc. Most of my costumes growing up and getting into cosplay were typically male. If you wanna be female Batman instead of Batgirl or Batwoman, do it.

On a lighter note, always put yourself and your comfort first. Cosplay seems like a hobby that depends on others’ opinions and approval just because you share it on social media, but it’s all about you! You decide what you cosplay and how, and if you take suggestions that is still your choice. Cosplay is an art form, so don’t worry about fitting into boxes. Create what you love and enjoy.

 

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Jordyn is not only a talented content creator but also a rising leader for the gaming and cosplay communities. When she’s not representing her team at an event, then you can probably find her trying to escape “Elo Hell” on Twitch. It was a pleasure to sit down and talk to her about her experiences with the team. You can also follow the Lone Star Vanguard on Twitter, who are the official Outlaws support group and a rising gaming community.

Natalie Pack
Communications student born and raised in Kentucky. Average console player who plays insane amounts of Overwatch and Borderlands. Occasional Twitch streamer.

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