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New clues point to release date for Overwatch’s new Paris map

Published: 18/Feb/2019 23:00 Updated: 19/Feb/2019 0:01

by Bill Cooney

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The latest Overwatch map, Paris, has been on the PTR for about three weeks now, which could mean it’s headed to the game on Thursday, February 21.

The new Paris map was released to Overwatch’s PTR on January 30, and ever since fans have wondered about when the map would make it to the main game.

In a new video, Overwatch YouTuber ‘Master Ian Gamer’ explained that when maps first come out, they usually spend an average of three weeks on the PTR before being released.

Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch is getting ready to take players through the City of Lights for the game’s latest map.

“Three weeks is the typical PTR cycle we see for new content,” Master Ian explained. “Some remain on PTR for a little longer, or a little shorter, but three weeks is about the average.”

Since Paris hit the PTR on January 30, that means by Wednesday, February 20, it will have been on the test realm for 30 days.

With the Lunar New Year event ending and more players flocking to the game with the return of Overwatch League, the YouTuber said this would be the perfect time to introduce the new map.

If Blizzard releases the new map like they did with Busan, then players might not get formal word of its integration to the game until its added to live servers.

“Additionally, when Paris first went to the PTR, we didn’t get get any sort of announcements ahead of time talking about the new map,” the Youtuber explained. “We literally had no idea the Paris Overwatch map even existed until it hit the PTR.”

There’s a pretty good chance, like Ian says, that we won’t get any kind of announcement before the Paris map actually goes live. That’s alright though, because Dexerto will be there as soon as the map makes it into the game.

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

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

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.