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New Overwatch Storm Rising teaser hints at upcoming heroes

Published: 8/Apr/2019 21:11 Updated: 8/Apr/2019 21:33

by Bill Cooney

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A teaser released on Monday, April 8 for Confirming previous leaks, Storm Rising will begin on April 16 and feature Tracer, Genji, Mercy and Winston in what is hopefully a new PvE mission.

The location of the Storm Rising mission appears to be a new map in Havana, Cuba, based on the hints from Overwatch so far and a new travel poster that has appeared in the attacking spawn of Numbani.

u/KaraheAll signs seem to point to Havana for the next new map.

Two new heroes?

The clue from Monday, April 8, is an audio recording for Jack Morrison AKA Soldier: 76 from someone simply named “Sojourn.”

Sojourn hasn’t been mentioned in Overwatch before, so we have no idea what they look like or anything else about them. But if they’re giving orders to Soldier we can probably assume they’re one of Overwatch’s higher ups.

While we have no idea what Sojourn looks like, the other character mentioned, Maximilian, has been around in passing since 2017.

Players still have no idea about Maximilian’s role in Talon or anything else about the character. So far the only thing known about him is that he resembles an evil Zenyatta, based off the player icon that was available during Retribution, his appearance in the “Masquerade” comic from July of 2017 and a shot of him in Moira’s origin story video.

Blizzard EntertainmentMaximilian featured in the middle to the left of Reaper.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ETybQd4uRE

Coming soon or “Blizzard soon”?

After the latest Storm Rising update, we now know that Maximilian is working as Doomfist’s accountant and he has some role to play in the upcoming PvE mission for 2019.

Maximilian seems to have been a background character for quite awhile, so whether or not he, or the mysterious Sojourn, will ever be made into playable heroes remains to be seen.

Another character, Echo, was introduced in the Reunion cinematic at BlizzCon 2018 before Baptiste was eventually released a few months later.

If Blizzard does plan on making Maximilian and Sojourn into heroes, players may have a while to wait.

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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.