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Overwatch confirms start date for Winter Wonderland 2019 event

Published: 9/Dec/2019 21:03

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard has released the dates for Overwatch’s 2019 Winter Wonderland, along with a teaser of the new Sigma skin coming along with the event.

Winter Wonderland is Overwatch’s annual holiday event so there was really no question about if it would happen, but when things would get started.

Along with another look at a frosty new Sigma skin we got a preview of at BlizzCon, Overwatch announced that Winter Wonderland would run from Dec. 10, 2019 to Jan. 2, 2020.

The new Sigma skin is called “Rime”, which is “frost formed on cold objects by the rapid freezing of water vapor” – the perfect name for a Winter Wonderland skin.

Sigma looks like he’s been transformed into a White Walker from Game of Thrones, and bears a striking resemblance to the Lich King Arthas for those familiar with the Warcraft franchise.

It might not be called “Lich King” Sigma, but the skin would make him look right at home in World of Warcraft with icy armor and adorned all over with skulls.

Along with the new Sigma skin and other cosmetics coming for Winter Wonderland, there’s also a fresh new patch ready to go live off of the PTR on December 10.

One of the biggest things in the patch is the heavily requested “While You Wait” feature, which lets players choose from different game modes to play while waiting in queue for competitive.

While You Wait will replace the old Skirmish mode, and can be accessed by a single player or as a group, but only the group leader can decide which game mode to pick.

Blizzard EntertainmentAlmost all of Orisa’s kit is getting changed in the Winter Wonderland patch.

One of the bigger changes in the November 13 PTR patch are the updates to Orisa’s Protective Barrier, and the rest of her kit as a whole.

Her shield’s health has been reduced from 900 to 600 HP, and she also sees an increase in her base armor, and a reduction of her Fortify cooldown from 10 seconds to eight seconds.

Moira, D.Va, and other heroes will also see updates in the Winter Wonderland patch, but it remains to be seen what changes, if any, have been made from the PTR.

But the big things most people will be watching for are the new Winter cosmetics, which apart from Sigma, we don’t know anything at all about.

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

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 6:03

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.