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Jeff Kaplan reveals which Smash Ultimate fighter he wants in Overwatch

Published: 17/Nov/2019 17:33

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan has made his love of Super Smash Bros very well-known in the past and has just revealed which character from Nintendo’s flagship fighter he wants in the Blizzard hero shooter.

Speaking with Game Informer, Jeff Kaplan answered 110 “rapid-fire” questions about Overwatch 2 and the future of the game. When the topic of Smash came up, the outlet’s Andrew Reiner threw a bit of a curveball at the Blizzard Vice President.

“Which Smash Brothers Ultimate character would you want in Overwatch?” Reiner asked at 3:17.

“Nothing would make me happier than putting Link into our game,” Kaplan responded with a massive grin on his face.

Stéphane VideloArtists have already designed Zelda’s Link as a hero in Overwatch.

Out of all the Smash Ultimate characters, The Legend of Zelda’s Link probably has the best kit for the transition from fighter to FPS hero. Overwatch already has an arrow-based hero in the form of Hanzo and Link’s other abilities such as bombs, boomerang, shield and Master Sword could be implemented without being too outlandish.

Overwatch fans have already designed Link’s highlight intros if he were to appear in the game. As Dexerto reported in September, five artists came together to design Link as part of the game’s universe and he looked downright incredible.

For his part, Link isn’t too much of a stranger to appearing in crossovers. Aside from Smash, the Hero of Time was also a playable character in Soul Calibur 2 on the GameCube.

During the interview Jeff Kaplan was also asked which Overwatch hero he’d want to Smash Bros. While he had been asked this question before, he doubled down on his previous statement and yet again said that he would like Tracer in Nintendo’s game.

In October Kaplan told IGN: “Tracer’s our girl, Tracer’s our mascot. She’d be my first choice. There’s a lot of great runners up. I think a lot of people can immediately see Doomfist gameplay applying to Smash, but if it were up to me, I’d like to see Tracer.”

He also had a special message for Smash’s creator Masahiro Sakurai and the rest of the team: “To the Smash Brothers team, whatever character you want, we love them all. They’re all our babies, you can have any single one of them. We have 31 to choose from.”

Whether or not Tracer or another Overwatch hero gets added to Smash is still anyone’s guess, but it’s certainly a possibility. While the game’s Fighters Pass currently has only one slot left, Nintendo has announced that more fighters are in development past that point.

With Overwatch 2 in development and Smash Bros winning the Esports Breakthrough Game of the Year at the Esports Awards, 2020 is looking like it could be a good year for both titles.


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

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 6:03

by Michael Gwilliam


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.