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Bizarre new Overwatch glitch seems to be spreading like wildfire

Published: 21/May/2020 4:23

by Brad Norton

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Overwatch players have been left scratching their heads as seemingly random texture glitches have been taking over a handful of maps, sparking pockets of flames across casual and ranked matches.

While the fourth-anniversary update came with a fresh batch of cosmetics, the celebration has been stunted by a number of new glitches and bugs.

Sigma and Mei have both been impacted in their own ways. However, a number of maps are also starting to come with bizarre side effects, the latest of which is bringing a surprisingly fiery edge to Overwatch’s iconic maps.

As Overwatch players competed in any mode on May 20, they were prone to the new issue. Regardless of which heroes were in play or which map they were battling through, a fiery bug could have popped up nonetheless.

Red patches have been appearing throughout the world of Overwatch. Tiny spots of fire that seemingly stay on the ground forever. They were first spotted as Twitch streamer ‘Necros’ defended the second point of Havana.

While this brand new issue has yet to appear on Blizzard’s list of known issues, it seems to be spreading far and wide.

Players have reported the exact same visual bug appearing on Temple of Anubis, Deathmatch maps, and more, and Dexerto can confirm the strange visual glitches appeared after testing. It doesn’t seem like the glitch is tied to a certain hero either, as many have seen the same red spots with a variety of characters in-game.

One player even went as far as to question whether the fiery patches might be teasing something down the line. Theories have already sprung up around Wrecking Ball’s new Submarine skin, and now Overwatch fans are speculating Blizzard could be teasing a hellish new fire map as the embers continue to spread.

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These spots of fire have been appearing all across Overwatch.

Developers are yet to comment on the confusing issue impacting games across the globe. Given just how quickly it seems to be spreading though, a fix will likely be on the way soon.

The May 19 update introduced a number of new changes, but a spread of fire wasn’t chief among them. Here’s a full overview of everything in the latest patch.

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

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 6:03

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.