Overwatch

Clever Overwatch tactic opens powerful new flank routes

by Joe O'Brien
Blizzard Entertainment

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An Overwatch player has demonstrated some incredibly effective flanks by combining Mei’s Ice Wall with Symmetra’s Teleporter.

Strong positioning is a major part of success in Overwatch, and streamer mycrazycatow showed off a creative tactic that allowed their attacking team on Rialto to completely out-position the enemy by creating a flank route that wouldn’t normally be possible.

The payload route through Rialto is surrounded by tall buildings, and many of strongest chokepoints for defenders to hold rely on the attacking team being forced between those buildings. By placing Mei’s Ice Wall on the roofs, however, the attackers were able to create a platform for Symmetra’s teleporter that was high enough to allow them to cross over.

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Mei is currently considered one of the strongest characters in the game, but is getting nerfed soon.

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This meant that in multiple locations, the attacking team could drop down behind the defenders, catching them unawares and wiping them out with ease.

Not only does the tactic offer the attacking team a means of getting behind their opponents, but due to where the wall and teleporter and placed compared to the enemies’ lines of sight, its very likely that the defenders wouldn’t even have been able to see the flank happening until it was already too late.

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While mycrazycatow demonstrates the technique on Rialto specifically, it’s very possible that this tactic could be used in various locations on other maps to catch opponents off guard, so it’s worth testing it out to see where else it may be applied.

Mei is currently considered to be one of the most powerful characters in the game, and is consequently receiving some nerfs in the game’s next update, which is already in testing on the PTR. The inherent functionality of her abilities is something that the character will always be able to offer, however, and Mei players could certainly benefit from having as many tricks like this up their sleeves as possible.