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8-year-old Overwatch player finishes placements with jaw-dropping rank

Published: 21/Nov/2019 4:31 Updated: 21/Nov/2019 22:43

by Andrew Amos

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A proud father has posted his eight-year-old daughter’s impressive run of ranked games on the Overwatch subreddit, with the young prodigy achieving a rank most players can only dream of.

In gaming, getting beaten by a kid can be somewhat of an insult, especially if they are young enough. 

However, with children nowadays picking up games like Fortnite in increasing numbers, more and more ‘experienced’ players are getting smashed online by kids who weren’t even born when they started playing.

Now, the kids are hitting Overwatch, and there’s one talented youngster that seems to be schooling everyone, much to the satisfaction of her gaming father. 

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Reddit user ‘Speakeasyow’ uploaded the results of his eight-year-old daughter’s Season 19 ranked grind to the social media platform, which were surprisingly impressive.

Young gun ‘Snowowlete’ went on a tear in her support placements, winning five straight games on a fresh account. 

This netted her a rank of 2882 SR, putting her firmly in Platinum and only a smidge over 100 SR away from Diamond. It also puts her in the top 25% of players, meaning that around 75% of Overwatch players around the world have some catching up to do to beat her.

My daughter(8) support placements on a fresh account after a year of coaching and practice. She is officially ranked higher than dad. from Overwatch

Snowowelete ended up playing Moira and Ana for support, with the former being quite the meta support right now. However, it’s still a remarkable achievement for a kid that young to be able to navigate around Overwatch with such ease.

It wasn’t without some help though. Speakeasy made sure his daughter got some coaching along the way, enlisting the help of a friend to give her some tips a few times a week over the last 12 months.

To keep her safe from the toxicity players sometimes experience in ranked, she only uses in-game comms when she’s playing with her dad. This usually surprises a lot of Snowowlete’s teammates, who are “usually intimidated by her because she’s all business” according to Dad.

It’s a big step up from her placements in 2018 too. Snowowlete started that season in Silver with a skill rating of 1605 SR. She managed to jump up to 1900 SR, before sliding back down into Bronze.

Her record back then wasn’t as impressive, managing only two wins in her ten placement games, so it looks like all that coaching over the last 12 months has paid off.

Snowowlete’s next test will be on her DPS placements, which are next on the agenda for the father-daughter duo. It’s a more mechanically intensive role compared to support, but if her record is anything to go by, she’s bound to smash that one out of the park too. 

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Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.