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Blizzard Unveils New Overwatch Control Map Busan

Published: 22/Aug/2018 10:06 Updated: 22/Aug/2018 10:35

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard has unveiled the newest competitive Overwatch map, Busan.

The new map was rather appropriately revealed at the Overwatch Fan Festival in Seoul, South Korea.

Set in the city of Busan – as imagined by Blizzard for the futuristic world of Overwatch – the latest addition to the standard map pool is a Control map, the second for that game-mode to be added since the original release of Overwatch.

This isn’t the first time Overwatch has visited Busan, with a Lúcioball arena set in the city being introduced with this year’s Summer Games. Of course, this new Control map explores the city to a much greater degree.

The Blizzard team apparently took inspiration from Korean culture when designing the map, and even recorded “authentic sounds” from the city of Busan for use in the map.

The introductory video shows off three locations that are very distinct for the control points. The first is based in a traditional-looking sanctuary, the second in D.Va’s MEKA base as seen in the new Animated Short “Shooting Stars”, and the third downtown in the futuristic city of Busan.

Players won’t have to rely on gleaning information from the preview, however, as Busan is set to hit the Overwatch PTR immediately.

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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.

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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.