Overwatch bug completely wastes Mercy's damage boost on D.Va - Dexerto

Overwatch bug completely wastes Mercy’s damage boost on D.Va

Published: 9/Jun/2020 8:35

by Brad Norton


Mercy’s damage boost appears to be bugged in the latest version of Overwatch as D.Va players have spotted some wild inconsistencies with her Micro Missiles.

Mercy swoops into every team fight with the ability to boost friendly damage output. From up to 15 meters away, she can provide a 30% buff to any form of damage, be it hitscan, projectile, or even melee damage.

However, in the latest version of the game, following the June 2 update, players have noticed a glaring issue. Instead of buffing D.Va to her fullest potential, one powerful ability now outright ignores the damage boost.

D.Va’s Micro Missiles are best used to chip away at the health of squishy enemies.

The off-tank comes equipped with her own missiles to fend off close-range enemies. With a total of 126 damage if all Micro Missiles connect, these explosives pack quite a punch. Most opposing heroes are able to survive this damage alone, but when pocketed by a Mercy, D.Va’s projectiles are all the more damaging.

Mercy’s damage boosting effect makes D.Va a force to be reckoned with, though a new issue appears to keep her output at the baseline.

While experimenting in the Training Range, ‘SŦEAŁŦH OW’ uncovered the critical bug. The standard Micro Missiles left a bot with three chunks of health remaining. After applying a damage boost from Mercy and trying again, three chunks of health still remained. The 30% increase was nowhere to be seen.

Evidently, the buff has stopped working with certain abilities in the latest version of Overwatch. Though there’s no telling just how far this issue spreads throughout the game. 

Other heroes could be impacted but for the time being, D.Va’s Micro Missiles are the main victim. As a simple compositional tweak, your team could always look to run Zenyatta in place of Mercy for his Discord Orb. This can work until this damage boost problem is resolved, although it’s not ideal.

Mercy’s damage boosting capabilities might be stunted when interacting with other heroes as well.

Without an official comment from the developers at Blizzard, there’s no telling when a patch may be deployed. 

Be sure to keep an eye out for any other bugged interactions with Mercy and her damage boosting ability, as it’s unlikely D.Va is the only culprit.


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

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 7:08

by Michael Gwilliam


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.