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Jeff Kaplan confirms Overwatch fix coming for infamous Baptiste exploit

Published: 14/May/2020 6:46 Updated: 14/May/2020 7:09

by Isaac McIntyre

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Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has responded to a well-known Baptiste exploit that allows the support hero to use a huge amount of Immortality Fields on Watchpoint: Gibraltar, and confirmed Blizzard now has a fix “in the works.”

Baptiste is already a pretty powerful pick in Season 22, but this long-standing exploit ⁠— first discovered by South Korea at the Overwatch World Cup ⁠— has made the support hero a must-pick in all Gibraltar matches.

The exploit is simple: in Overwatch, you can swap heroes whenever you’re in the spawn room. Gibraltar’s final defensive spawn is just meters from the payload, meaning Baptiste players can swap heroes to endlessly refresh their Immortality Field. This makes the whole defending team unkillable.

According to Kaplan, Team 4 first became aware of the support hero’s invincible powers on Watchpoint: Gibraltar “on Monday”. They are now preparing a glitch fix to make sure the Haitian healer can never take advantage of it again.

“We became aware of this on Monday,” Kaplan said in response to a Reddit thread pointing out the long-standing Immortality Field issue. The Blizzard vice-president went on to confirm the devs plan to crush it soon: “We have a fix in the works.”

Baptiste players may have to figure out a new strategy on Gibraltar after these bug fixes go through.
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Baptiste ruled the roost on Watchpoint: Gibraltar with this powerful Overwatch exploit ⁠— but no longer, says Jeff Kaplan.

How will Blizzard fix the Baptiste exploit?

There has been no indication of what direction Team 4 will take in the bug fix. It is likely their main focus will simply be tweaking the Watchpoint: Gibraltar spawn. Players are so close to the final payload they can swap heroes with ease.

Blizzard may also look to take a deeper dive into the cooldown. The devs could toy with the idea of chalking them out for a time after a swap. That would likely be a last resort, however, due to the fact that changing characters is a core Overwatch feature.

Baptiste jumping in front of Reinhardt during an Overwatch competitive match.
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Baptiste players may have to figure out a new strategy on Gibraltar after these bug fixes go through.

This map-specific change will likely do little to knock Baptiste out of the top-tiers of Season 22’s meta. It will make pushing against the support hero on Watchpoint: Gibraltar at least a little bit easier though.

Kaplan didn’t give any indication when Overwatch players could expect the fix. It’s likely it will be bundled with the 2020 Anniversary Event update, which leaked earlier this week, however, alongside planned crowd-control and barrier nerfs.

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

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 7:08

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.