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Mei could be turning into Overwatch’s newest tank

Published: 25/Apr/2020 22:46

by Michael Kelly

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Ever since the introduction of hero pools last month, the Overwatch community has been looking for creative ways to shift the game’s meta. Perhaps transitioning Mei, a longtime DPS character, into a tank role could be a step in that transitional direction.

Between her built-in sustain from Cryo-Freeze, as well as her strong blocking potential from Ice Wall, Mei already has a solid amount of protective tools at her disposal.

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“She’d need to be tweaked a little bit. For [Mei] to be a proper tank, she’d need an armored health pool and increased hitbox,” said Reddit user BoisterousBiddy in a proposal post yesterday.

Request: An experimental mode with Mei transitioned to the Tank role from r/Overwatch

As the game currently stands, the diversity of tanks in Overwatch is limited mainly to shield users and crowd control-focused heroes, so adding a sustainable zoner like Mei to that lineup would certainly provide some intrigue and diversity.

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Additionally, with a kit that focuses on zoning and sustainability, her days as a dedicated damage dealer might be coming to an end.

However, there’s definitely a few obstacles standing in Mei’s way when it comes to transitioning into a more experimental role.

Mei on Volskaya Industries
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Could Mei be Overwatch’s next tank?

Of course, a full rework of a character – especially one that shifts that hero from one role to another – would take a lengthy developmental process.

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Also, with Overwatch 2 releasing in the near future, most likely next year, a complete overhaul of one of the roster’s main characters might have to wait until the second installment in the franchise hits live servers.

Of course, Overwatch has had its fair share of reworks throughout its near-four year history. Characters like Mercy, Torbjorn, and Symmetra have all been reworked since launching with the game back in 2016.

Mei with Zarya on Watchpoint: Gibraltar
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Mei could be joining Zarya on Overwatch’s tank roster

Bringing significant changes to Mei might be exactly what Overwatch is looking for in terms of its tank pool, as the game has the chance to diversify both the DPS and Tank pools with one fell swoop.

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However, these changes are purely theoretical, and likely wouldn’t hit live servers until Overwatch 2 drops sometime in the distant future.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.