Genius Overwatch rework would make Mei into a tank - Dexerto

Genius Overwatch rework would make Mei into a tank

Published: 15/May/2020 17:45 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:42

by Michael Gwilliam


Since Overwatch’s release, Mei has been a controversial topic with how Blizzard goes about balancing the ice-based hero. Now, YouTuber ‘Blame The Controller’ has an interesting proposition to turn the 250 HP DPS into a tank.

As it stands, Overwatch only allows for two tanks, two supports, and two DPS ever since the GOATs meta where multiple tanks and supports dominated ranked matches and high ELO games.

With the move to 2-2-2, Mei has become a staple, with a kit that has many tanking properties – something that almost brings us back to the multi-tank days. So trying to rework the hero into a tank through a series of buffs to her wall and HP and nerfs to her damage could be ideal.

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Reworking Mei into a tank could put a smile on players’ faces.

As Blame The Controller states, Mei’s kit has tanking properties with three different abilities that can take/deny space and protect teammates in the form of Wall, her primary fire, and Blizzard Ultimate.

Additionally, her Ice Block allows for enhanced survivability as it now only heals her, but makes her immune to any attack for its duration.

The YouTuber was able to make some changes to Mei with the Workshop Mode to keep the rework very simple to implement.

The biggest problem facing the rework comes in the form of Mei’s character model which is pretty small compared to other tanks. However, two solutions proposed are to increase the size of her backpack, or to just make her a lower-health tank.

Firstly, through a series of tweaks to the character in the Workshop, the YouTuber changed her health from 250 to 350 while lowering the overall health of her Wall.

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Increasing Mei’s backpack could make her HP more in line with other tanks.

Meanwhile, her damage attacks in the form of her left and right clicks were lowered by five and 10 damage each to make her less of an offensive threat.

Mei’s Wall is the coolest part of the rework. By reducing the health of each pillar while reducing its duration and cooldown to function more like a barrier of sorts.

Finally, in one of the most unique modifications, Blame The Controller added a new passive for the character called “Chilled” which would cause enemies damaged by Mei to do 12% less damage for four seconds.

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Mei’s Ice Wall would need some big changes.

“This allows Mei to effectively function as a tank and reduce the damage her team while eliminating the frustration factor that would have been associated with a barrier in the way,” he explained.

With Overwatch badly in-need of more tanks and there not being any new heroes until OW2, reworking her could be the solution many fans have been looking for.


Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.