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How to unlock Overwatch’s World of Warcraft emotes

Published: 10/Jul/2019 22:36 Updated: 10/Jul/2019 22:59

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch players have rediscovered the game’s World of Warcraft themed emotes and now a number of them are asking how to unlock the lesser-known cosmetics.

Blizzard, who make Overwatch, also produce World of Warcraft so it makes sense that the games contain more than a few references to one another.

To celebrate the release of Battle for Azeroth back in 2018, Blizzard released two new Tracer emotes, some Torbjörn voice lines and a number of player icons.

Blizzard EntertainmentGo ahead and pick one already Tracer, you can’t be both.

How do we get the WoW cosmetics?

The World of Warcraft emotes for Battle for Azeroth are both for Tracer and have her planting either the flag of the Alliance or the banner of the Horde down.

For players who don’t know about the WoW emotes, seeing a Tracer pull them out can come as quite a surprise, and apparently provide endless entertainment to Bastion players, as this video from Reddit user BlizzconX shows.

Torbjorn’s voice lines are similar to Tracer’s emotes, one that says “For the Horde,” and the other “For the Alliance.”

The cosmetics are still able to be unlocked by Overwatch players if they purchase the World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth Collector’s Edition or Digital Deluxe edition, with the same account they use for Overwatch.

When will we get new Overwatch Content?

Even though Blizzard has been silent on new Overwatch content for the last week, we do know that the Summer Games event will be starting sometime around the beginning of August.

There’s also supposed to be a new Overwatch hero coming out sometime this summer, according to Director Jeff Kaplan, but other than a possible tease in the new Baptiste short story, we don’t have much info on them either.

Blizzard EntertainmentA lot of players are convinced Mauga (left) is Overwatch’s Hero 31.

Overwatch fans have been patiently waiting for any kind of new content since the Anniversary event and Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge ended, so hopefully Blizzard has some updates for us soon.

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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.