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Every new Overwatch 2 hero Blizzard could be adding to sequel roster

Published: 9/Jul/2020 9:08 Updated: 10/Jul/2020 1:06

by Isaac McIntyre

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Blizzard’s unconventional Overwatch 2 sequel is on its way, and with it is coming a proper series storyline, single-player modes, and even more characters for the already supersized roster ⁠— but who will be Overwatch heroes 33, 34, 35, and beyond?

Overwatch’s roster is already pretty stacked. Most recently, Blizzard added character-copying Echo as Hero 32, and Jeff Kaplan confirmed she would be “the last Overwatch hero” added to the original series release.

The developers have revealed, however, that there will be “multiple” heroes added alongside the release of the sequel title. They’ve remained relatively quiet about just how many players may be getting their hands on though.

Now, without further ado, here’s five possible launch heroes we think ⁠— and one that we definitely know ⁠— players will be getting when Overwatch 2 finally arrives in the next year or two.

Sojourn

Possible DPS hero Sojourn has already been confirmed for Overwatch 2.
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Possible DPS hero Sojourn has already been confirmed for Overwatch 2.

New Overwatch character Sojourn is the only hero on this list that has already been officially confirmed by Blizzard ahead of the sequel release. The squad captain was with the team in the “Golden Age,” and has stuck around long after.

Back in 2019, game writer Michael Chu revealed Sojourn was a “central figure” in Overwatch, and added she would be a “critical character moving forward” into the franchise’s sequel.

For the first time in Overwatch history, players will be able to get their hands on a playable version of the Canadian hero in the sequel. She made her first Overwatch 2 appearance in the title’s ‘Recall’ teaser trailer.

Sojourn marks a special moment for Overwatch too; the presumed DPS hero will be the first black woman to join the game’s roster. She also seems like a stout Canadian patriot; the new hero wears a maple leaf proudly on her shoulder.

King

D'va's old rival King could make a great off-tank in the series sequel.
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D’va’s old rival King could make a great off-tank in the series sequel.

King is an interesting character in Overwatch lore. He has never sided with the game’s actual villain group, Talon, but he’s certainly one of the major antagonists in D’Va’s original lore. His real name is Kyung-soo Han, and he’s part of Mobile Exo-Force.

D’Va’s main esports rival would certainly play similarly to the Korean hero, but is that really a bad thing? She’s had a minor rework since 2016, but apart from that, she’s been a solid part of the Overwatch lineup since her release.

King would stand out from his Korean counterpart with his own personalized mech, 신기전 (Singijeon). The stylized humanoid mech has a group of missile arrays mounted on its back, and wields two fire-arrow rockets as well.

Mauga

Blizzard has promised more supports and tanks coming in Overwatch 2. Baptiste's old ally Mauga seems to fit that to a tee.
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Blizzard has promised more supports and tanks coming in Overwatch 2. Baptiste’s old ally Mauga seems to fit that to a tee.

Baptiste’s former friend Mauga has been described as a “big dumb brute,” which makes him perfect as a launch tank for Overwatch 2. Even better, that’s just a ploy; the Talon mercenary is a deadly, cunning strategist.

The mountainous warrior was actually confirmed to be the 31st hero in the game as well, but developers eventually pivoted to Sigma instead. It stands to reason they wouldn’t have ditched their work though, so expect Mauga in OW2.

Junker Queen

The Junker Queen is one of Overwatch's more mysterious characters.
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The Junker Queen is one of Overwatch’s more mysterious characters.

If there’s one thing Blizzard loves doing before they debut new Overwatch heroes, it’s to tease them all non-stop. They did the same with characters like Doomfist, and they’ve certainly added enough hints about Junker Town leader Junker Queen.

The Australian character has been on players’ wish lists for some time too. She’s tied to the lore of Wrecking Ball, Junkrat, and Roadhog, and can often be heard talking while battles are going on throughout the Junkertown map.

There’s not much known about the Queen beyond a few sprays and her voice as well. That means Blizzard has a relatively clean slate for the new Australian hero if they decide to add her to Overwatch 2; the world is their oyster.

‘Jetpack Cat’

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Infamous concept hero “Jetpack Cat” could find a second wind in Overwatch 2… hopefully.

Don’t worry, this one is more of a request from the Dexerto staff than anything serious in terms of confirmation. Blizzard, please bring back the fabled ‘Jetpack Cat’ that was first revealed for Overwatch back in 2017.

Overwatch 2 is the perfect place to drop this high-flying feline in too. There’ll be a deluge of new characters and stories, so Blizzard will have a chance to tell the story of the cat armed with wings, and avoid it being just that little bit too ridiculous.

The first four heroes above are likely on the menu. The Jetpack Cat, unfortunately, may not have a place in Overwatch 2 to the same degree. But, we can all dream…

Overwatch 2 is expected to be released later this year, according to leaks.
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Overwatch 2 is expected to be released later this year, according to leaks.

When is Overwatch 2 expected to be released?

Unfortunately, Overwatch 2 doesn’t have any official release date locked in just yet. That means there’s no telling when players will be able to get their hands on the newest characters. One leak has suggested late 2020, which could fit.

This does line up with rumors we’ll see new Overwatch 2 heroes in Autumn. As mentioned above, however, Blizzard has not yet penned in an official release date for the sequel.

It looks like first off the menu will be more tanks and supports, once DPS candidate Sojourn has dropped. Blizzard vice president Jeff Kaplan said there were already “multiple supports and tanks in development” for the sequel.

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Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

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.

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.