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American Dad parodies Overwatch esports in over-the-top segment

Published: 19/May/2020 6:52

by Andrew Amos


American animated sitcom “American Dad” has become the latest mainstream show to poke fun at esports, parodying the Overwatch World Cup in a rather over-the-top segment in a recent episode.

American Dad has been running for over 15 years, and like most animated comedy series, tries to base itself in reality.

This means crossovers do happen ⁠— and esports has been the latest target of a recent episode. Overwatch has once again made a name for itself in other forms of media, getting featured in Seth MacFarlane-produced animated sitcom.

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Stan Smith says “I’m already Tracer.”

A snippet from the latest episode, aired on May 17, features Stan Smith ⁠— the main character ⁠— going undercover as an Overwatch pro to “eliminate the head of North Korea’s nuclear program.”

“Every year, our target attends an international video game tournament in Hong Kong,” Avery Bullock, Stan’s boss at the CIA, says. “He is a massive esports fan. The only time he leaves the security of his underground bunker is to attend the final.”

Smith then enlists the help of his son, Steve, to get him up to scratch to participate in the Overwatch World Cup so he can get close to his target.

The snippet has received mixed reviews from the esports community. Gaming crossovers into other mainstream mediums rarely get overly positive commentary about them, with many labeling it a “fellow kids” moment.

“American Dad aired a competitive Overwatch episode and I really don’t know how to feel,” said ‘LiimitLiz’ on Twitter.

American Dad’s rather fantastical plot line for the episode hasn’t resonated too well with the gaming audience, but it’s interesting to note that more esports ⁠— and esports pros ⁠— is being featured in more places than just Twitch.

Last year, Overwatch also made an appearance on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, while The Simpsons devoted an entire episode to League of Legends.

You can find the American Dad Overwatch snippet on the TBS YouTube channel ⁠— which may be region-locked. Don’t expect it to be the last time esports gets woven into other mediums in 2020 either.


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

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam


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.

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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.