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Female Overwatch Contenders player quits after debate about her gender

Published: 3/Jan/2019 12:58 Updated: 20/Nov/2019 16:50

by Joe O'Brien

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A female Overwatch Contenders player has stepped down from competing after questions were raised about her gender.

Contenders NA team Second Wind announced on December 22 that “Ellie” would be joining their line-up.

Ellie had no history in organized competitive play and no profile as a content creator, but had risen quickly into the top 10 on the ranked ladder as a DPS player.

Shortly after her addition, however, some began to question who was really behind the moniker, leading to a community debate over whether or not Ellie was really who she claimed to be. Some suggested that it was instead another high-ranked player using a different account.

Though Ellie spoke during several streams on Twitch in an attempt to verify herself, many remained unconvinced.

After running into Ellie in a ranked match, popular streamer and Atlanta Reign DPS player Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca speculated that the person talking wasn’t the same person playing the game.

As a result of the drama, Second Wind have now announced that Ellie has chosen to step down from the team before having played her first official match with them.

Second Wind owner Justin Hughes also took to Twitter to criticize the community’s response to Ellie’s signing, hitting out at both those who questioned her legitimacy and those who elevated her as a “symbol of empowerment”.

“It seems that the OW community isn’t ready to just view a player as just a player.” Hughes said, “We wanted a player, but it seemed like the public wanted something else.

With Ellie stepping out of the spotlight, it seems likely that her real identity, which she chose to keep publicly hidden, will remain so.

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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.