Clever Zarya trick in Overwatch denies enemy ultimate charges - Dexerto

Clever Zarya trick in Overwatch denies enemy ultimate charges

Published: 7/Dec/2019 19:54

by Scott Robertson


A simple click of the mouse can deny your enemy a vital ultimate charge if you find yourself at the wrong end of a frustrating boop off of the map while playing as Zarya.

There’s a reason why “boop compilations” in Overwatch are so popular. It’s thoroughly enjoyable to watch big, strong tank characters get bounced over the edges of a map, as you imagine someone behind the keyboard regretting their role choice.

But in addition, literally knocking off tanks provides a big bonus to a character’s ultimate charge. To those unfamiliar with the specific statistics, heroes gain charge equal to the amount of damage they do to enemy players, and that includes environmental kills.

Blizzard EntertainmentLucio, the boop king

Environmental kills count as doing damage equal to the victim’s health at the time of their death, so the larger the health a hero has when they’re knocked off, the more ultimate one gets. This puts tanks in the crosshairs for anyone who wants to boost their ultimate with an environmental kill

But only the last ability that counts toward an environmental kill, so as one fan pointed out, Zarya can deny the enemy that booped them the ultimate charge, by right-clicking and using her Particle Cannon’s article fire as she falls. Her death turns into a suicide that gifts the enemy who knocked her off with nothing.

The idea was posted to the Overwatch subreddit by user Gr4b, and it prompted an outpouring of suggestions from the community on how to replicate this ultimate denial with other heroes.

Tip: If you’re playing Zarya and you get booped off the map, try to damage yourself with your alt-fire as you fall to deny your enemy ult charge. from Overwatch

One user replied that Sigma’s primary fire, Soldier 76’s rocket, and D.Va’s rockets all negate the ultimate charge if used before that character’s demise.

Another user shared a video from Overwatch guides master KarQ, who posted an entire video on all the characters who can negate the ultimate charges from knockback abilities.

Another user suggested something even more cheeky, for players that get charged off by Reinhardt while playing Orisa. According to ScreamSalad, you can throw your Halt ability above your head and activate the pull ability to pull him down with you.

In a game designed to build up your ultimate meter as fast as possible, the ability to deny that ultimate from your enemy is as pivotal to winning as it is satisfying to accomplish.

It takes a degree of mental focus to be able to pull it off under distress, given that you’re seconds away from death, but the effects could mean the difference between an enemy having or not having an ultimate during the final push.


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.

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.