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A New Overwatch Animated Short is On Its Way

Published: 20/Aug/2018 15:59

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard has announced that a new Overwatch Animated Short is about to be released.

The new animated short will premiere on Wednesday August 22, although no other details regarding the content of the video have been revealed.

The short will be streamed as part of Blizzard’s Overwatch presentation at Blizzcon, and uploaded to the official Overwatch YouTube channel at 5:00am CT on August 22.

The Overwatch Animated Shorts are high-quality animations that tell the story of Overwatch, each typically focusing on a particular hero. With Overwatch having no “campaign mode” through which players can experience the narrative of the game, the animated shorts have been one of the main ways that Blizzard has developed the lore of Overwatch.

Unfortunately for fans of the series, the animated shorts have been released infrequently, likely a consequence of the effort that must undoubtedly go into producing videos that have been nominated for and won multiple awards. There have been eight in total, though the most recent – “Honor and Glory”, which focused on Reinhardt’s back-story – was released in November 2017.

So far, Winston, Widowmaker, the Shimada brothers (Genji and Hanzo), Soldier: 76, Bastion, Sombra, Mei, and Reinhardt have each been the primary focus of a short, though Reaper, Tracer and technically even Brigitte (prior to becoming a hero) have also appeared as secondary characters.

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

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 7:08

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.