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Jeff Kaplan teases Mei changes coming in future Overwatch patch

Published: 26/Feb/2020 2:45

by Brad Norton

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Mei could be the next Overwatch hero on the chopping block as Blizzard Vice President Jeff Kaplan recently teased that the character is being worked on while responding to community questions.

Following the launch of a brand new experimental mode in Overwatch that allows the developers to test all manner of wacky ideas without needing to push out a fresh Public Test Region (PTR) update, Kaplan took to Blizzard’s forums in order to provide feedback and answer the questions of a few curious players.

Throughout his back and forth with the community, the face of the Overwatch team shed light on future plans for the new mode but also let slip a potential tease that Mei could be the next hero to be met with a balance update.

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The first experimental mode allows for three Damage-based heroes to enter the battlefield at a time.

Inquiring on Blizzard’s forums, ‘N7Warrior’ asked a simple question as to how long each experimental mode would be available for testing.

“We’ll probably leave this up for a few days. A week at most,” Kaplan responded before going into detail on their data collection process and just how often the developers expect to push out a new experiment.

Dropping a cheeky tease at the end of his lengthy response however, he indicated that PTR updates could overlap with experimental modes as “there are certain things that can only be tested on PTR and cannot be tested in an experiment.”

Providing one “purely random example”, he highlighted Mei’s Ice Wall collision and explained how Blizzard “would need a PTR [update]” if they “wanted to make a change.” 

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Kaplan’s response in full.

Of all the potential changes that he could have discussed, Kaplan honed in on the most controversial hero in the game today and subtly wrapped up his statement by joking that it was an entirely random thought.

While there’s no indicating when such changes might see the light of day, this comment could be a clear indicator that Mei’s Ice Wall might be tweaked in the next PTR patch.

Considering hilarious interactions with Reaper of late, there’s a good chance Ice Wall fixes have been in the works behind the scenes for quite some time.

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Mei’s Ice Wall has led to a number of unintended interactions lately.

Kaplan has been back in front of the camera a great deal recently, laying out guidelines for the very first ‘Triple Damage’ experiment and explaining just how the new Hero Pools feature will work on the competitive ladder.

While a number of new additions and fresh updates have been rolled out at the start of 2020, it appears as though Blizzard is looking to be in direct communication with the Overwatch community on a much more regular basis than years prior.

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Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities.

D.va from Overwatch looking cool
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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.