Competitive Overwatch players call for return of SR decay

Published: 5/Jun/2020 17:56

by Michael Gwilliam


Players grinding Overwatch’s Competitive Mode are fed up with the lack of SR decay leading to people who haven’t played in a long time to come back and be instantly placed where they left off.

Ever since Role Queue was added to Overwatch, forcing the game to be played under a 2-2-2 team composition system, SR decay was removed. SR decay would cause a player’s skill rating to gradually decrease if they hadn’t played a game in a while.

While this was only a factor in Diamond ranks and above, it helped keep the game fair and made it so players who were out of the loop had to prove they still belonged in higher ranks.

However, with the removal of SR decay, some players find themselves “ruining games” by being placed at a rank that is too high for them given where they currently are skill-wise.

Such is the case with Cloud 9 streamer Jamison ‘PVPX’ Moore who came back to Overwatch after five seasons to play on his main account and still found himself in Top 500. This caused viewers in his chat to wonder why he wasn’t on a smurf account while his team was getting rolled on Dorado.

“All my accounts are Top 50,” he replied. “It doesn’t help. Should I make a new account and then ruin lower SR peoples’ games? Literally, all of my DPS accounts are Top 500.”

While the Twitch streamer didn’t even want to be in the lobby, he still found himself flamed by his teammates, who accused him of being “useless.”

A clip of the incident was posted on the Competitive Overwatch subreddit where players actively called for SR decay and an MMR reset for players who have been away for too long.

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PVPX was flamed for playing in a lobby he didn’t want to be in.

“I feel like if you don’t play for a while there should be some kind of decay, maybe 100 SR per season with a cap at 500 SR,” jonas691 wrote.

Even PVPX himself replied with his own solution to the problem: “The game should have seasonal decay but it doesn’t need to be drastic. Something like 100 SR per season you don’t play with a cap of 1000 SR loss would probably sufficient enough to prevent situations like this from happening.”

He added that with how the meta shifts and new heroes are released, someone’s skill level can drastically change depending on the state of the game.

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Players want some changes to Overwatch’s matchmaking.

“I’m a strong advocate for soft MMR resets after multiple seasons or drastic game changes but it doesn’t seem like that will ever happen,” he wrote.

Hopefully, Blizzard decides to implement some form of SR decay or reset and help balance out lobbies, especially when players agree their SR is too high even for them.


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.