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Overwatch Competitive Season 18 delayed due to serious matchmaking bug

Published: 1/Sep/2019 2:08 Updated: 1/Sep/2019 6:00

by Michael Gwilliam

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Season 18 of Overwatch ranked was supposed to be the official launch of role queue going forward as the two-week beta season ended, but a matchmaking bug has crashed the party. 

UPDATE: In a forum post, Overwatch developer Bill Warnecke has announced that the role queue beta season is being extended while they work on a fix for this bug. He expects Season 18 to go live – properly this time – early next week. The original story is below.

While the Overwatch League play-in tournament was taking place, Season 18 went live with catastrophic results. Despite promising there wouldn’t be an MMR reset, Grandmaster players began to be matched up with golds during placement matches. 

What’s worse is after completing the five role-specific placement games, extremely talented and even professional players were put in ranks way below their actual skill. 

For example, San Francisco off-tank Hyo-bin ‘ChoiHyoBin’ Choi placed at 2310 – which is mid-gold.

In a follow-up Tweet, the pro posted a screen grab of his new SR after winning a single game: 2312. 

“Wait after i win i get 2 sr. this is some bug for sure,” he said.

Over on the official forums, many users were asking about the supposed MMR reset and eventually the newest season of competitive play was disabled.

“Hey everyone, we’re looking into a bug with competitive matchmaking. We’ve temporarily disabled competitive play while we dig into the issue,” Developer Bill Warnecke wrote.

On August 26, developer Scott Mercer said the team has no plans to implement an SR reset despite many wanting to see it attempted.  

BlizzardSeason 18 was to be the first “official” season with role queue.

“We’ve actually tried in a few seasons doing something that amounts to a partial SR reset across seasons, but the results were pretty horrible. When you queue for a match with an SR that doesn’t accurately reflect your skill, the quality of the match drops tremendously,” he wrote. “Therefore, we try to quickly change your SR as a new player to more accurately determine your SR, and we can’t ever really consider implementing a full SR reset.” 

“Match quality would be harmed for months until everybody played a lot of games and the matchmaker could properly identify everyone’s skill again.”

Blizzard EntertainmentPlayers can still queue up in quick play or the arcade while competitive is disabled.

It is possible that the bug could be caused due to a problem with a planned fix to speed up queue times for DPS players, though there are no confirmed reports that this is the problem.

As of this posting, competitive play is still disabled, but players can still jump into quick play, arcade and other game modes until it’s fixed. 

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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.