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Curious new Tracer exploit has Overwatch players scratching their heads

Published: 22/Mar/2019 0:21 Updated: 22/Mar/2019 0:41

by Bill Cooney


One curious Overwatch player seems to have discovered a unique exploit that Tracer can pull off out of spawn.

Overwatch got a massive update on March 19, but whether or not that caused this exploit is unknown – however, clips of the possible bug have only been posted recently.

Tracer is one of Overwatch’s original heroes and definitely a fan favorite, but now, a new exploit seems to let other heroes take advantage of her time-bending abilities.

In a clip posted to Reddit, user ScorelessPine demonstrates the exploit, which involves Recalling from spawn, then quickly changing heroes.

If it’s done exactly right, the new hero will appear outside of spawn, where Tracer’s recall countdown began.

Obviously there’s almost no time to make a hero selection, since you would be furiously clicking just to switch in the first place, so even picking the hero you want would take a bit of practice.

One clever user pointed out in the comments that a Symmetra could achieve the same thing with her teleporter, but that would take two people, while the Tracer exploit only takes one.

Most users in the comments seemed to agree that the “exploit” wasn’t particularly game-breaking, and could really only be used in very specific situations (like attacking on King’s Row, for example).

Regardless, it’s something that Blizzard will probably take care of soon, so players might want to think twice before practicing to become a world record hero picker.


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.