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Mei and Moira banned again in Overwatch May 11 hero pool

Published: 11/May/2020 5:01 Updated: 11/May/2020 8:28

by Isaac McIntyre

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Mei and Moira have been banned again in the latest Overwatch Hero Pool announcement, set to start on May 11. They will also be joined in this week’s high-rank competitive queue ban list by Orisa and Tracer.

Last week saw the arrival of a major overhaul for Overwatch’s contentious hero pools. Where Blizzard’s attempt to tweak the meta previously affected all players, now it just hits high-level ranked games, and the OWL.

Brigitte, Ashe, Reaper, and Reinhardt were slammed with the banhammer last week, and spent their week on the sidelines. Now they’re back, while Orisa, Tracer, Moira, and Mei ⁠— without needing a cat’s luck this time ⁠— have headed the other way.

Overwatch Hero Pool bans May 11

  • Tank: Orisa
  • Damage: Mei
  • Damage: Tracer
  • Support: Moira
Mei, Tracer, Orisa, and Moira have been banned in this week's Overwatch Hero Pools.
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Mei, Tracer, Orisa, and Moira have been banned in this week’s Overwatch Hero Pools, starting May 11.

Moira may have been dumped out of the Overwatch roster this week, at least at a high level, but a number of strong healing heroes remain. Lucio (39.9%), Zenyatta (35.1%), and Baptiste (33.6%) all overshadowed the Talon’s councillor 28.6% play rate.

The removal of ice queen Mei may be the most celebrated ban, though it will hand Reinhardt a much-needed boost. This is especially certain because Orisa was also binned. Teams may even move towards Genji-led compositions.

A big factor for many playoff-bound teams in the OWL will also be Tracer finding herself locked out, especially considering how strong ‘dive’ has been. Her ban could nip the strategy in the bud entirely in favor of more deathball-style comps.

Two big picks also escaped the randomly-generated bans too ⁠— versatile tank D.Va, who was picked in a whopping 61.2% of games, and edgy hacker Sombra. The damage hero may still not see play with Echo reigning supreme though.

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Hero Pools only affect Masters, Grandmasters, and the OWL

Mei, Moira, Orisa, and Tracer may be locked away for the week for Master and Grandmaster players, but remember any matches ranked lower than that will still have full access to all of Overwatch’s most popular heroes.

Blizzard developer Scott Mercer explained that testing had already shown all but the top two ranks “already boast huge variety” across the board. It was only the upper echelons of the ranked ladder that needed cowling.

“Competitive Play at lower skill tiers already sees a tremendous amount of hero composition diversity in their matches,” Mercer continued. “We don’t think those ranks need a system like Hero Pools to encourage even more.”

Main tank powerhouse Reinhardt is back in rotation this week after a Hero Pool cycle on the sideline.
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Main tank powerhouse Reinhardt is back in rotation this week after a Hero Pool cycle on the sideline.

Hero Pools will mainly effect Master and Grandmaster players after the changes. Diamond players could also slip into altered matches too. All games above 3500 SR will have the Hero Pool picks in-effect.

This week’s banned heroes will be unavailable until May 18, when a new roster of unavailable characters will be announced on the OWL broadcast again.

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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.