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How Blizzard teased future Overwatch heroes before they were revealed

Published: 18/May/2020 3:02

by Brad Norton

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Blizzard has added 11 new heroes into the world of Overwatch since it was released, and almost all of them were foreshadowed in-game before their official unveiling. Here’s a look back at a number of in-game teasers.

Overwatch originally launched in 2016 with 21 heroes scattered across the Damage, Support, and Tank roles. In the four years that have followed, we’ve been introduced to a wide array of charming and ominous figures alike, as Blizzard has fleshed out the list of playable characters. 

While some of these heroes were simply announced and released without much spectacle, many of them were teased in-game for weeks on end. Let’s take a look back at how Blizzard foreshadowed new Overwatch heroes.

Some of the ways Blizzard foreshadowed new heroes long before their release. from Overwatch

Ana appeared on Temple of Anubis

The first character added into Overwatch after its release was Ana. Coming in as the fourth Support hero, the sniping healer was released in July 2016. However, she was actually visible in-game long before joining the lineup.

Looking closely at a desk on Temple of Anubis, while a game of Hearthstone might have drawn your attention at first, a picture of Ana was actually placed in a small folder. While a mask might have been covering her face, there’s no denying that this was the first in-game teaser for the Support hero.

Sombra might go down as the most-teased hero in Overwatch history

Long before the 2016 BlizzCon crowd erupted as Sombra ‘hacked’ the main-stage and stole the show, the Damage-based character was teased in and out of the game for many months.

Various documents and in-game news articles featured the word ‘Sombra,’ at first. Eventually, Blizzard upped the ante as a number of security terminals were hacked by the character too.

Her “Global Hacking Spree” made headlines until Sombra was finally unveiled and released into the world of Overwatch in November 2016.

Blizzard has continued with subtle teasers for most heroes

Heroes such as Baptiste and Wrecking Ball were dropped into the game without much in the way of easter eggs. However, many others continued to get the same teasing treatment.

A huge chunk of Doomfist’s narrative played out before the hero was even in-game. As early 2017 updates saw Numbani irrevocably changed and his Gauntlet stolen.

The latest hero, Echo, was stuck inside of the payload on Route 66 for a number of years as well. Blizzard kept that secret hidden until a 2019 animated short with McCree and Ashe. 

As we get closer to the release of Overwatch 2, there’s no telling how many in-game teasers might appear. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as every new update is released.

Perhaps there are already a number of easter eggs scattered across the maps just waiting to be found.

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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.

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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.

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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.