Overwatch creation makes Pharah the most overpowered hero to date - Dexerto
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Overwatch creation makes Pharah the most overpowered hero to date

Published: 5/Dec/2019 5:48

by Brad Norton

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The most devastating aerial hero in Overwatch just got a whole lot stronger thanks to this ridiculous Workshop creation.

Pharah is a projectile-based Overwatch hero that requires a masterful control over timing and positioning. Yet this latest Workshop creation from an avid Overwatch fan throws every normality out the window and completely alters the potential of the sky-bound character.

Reminiscent of various other heroes and in the competitive hero shooter, this crazy Workshop idea brings a new version of Pharah to life and the results are nightmare-inducing. 

Blizzard - OverwatchPharah could become the most powerful DPS hero in all of Overwatch if this crazy change ever made it to the Live servers.

Showcased throughout a December 4 post, Reddit user yurodd’ demonstrated a new Workshop creation in effect that dramatically bolsters the impact of Pharah in battle.

Rather than needing a precise aim to land every projectile, this new concept gives Pharah’s rockets the ability to bounce off of multiple surfaces before exploding.

Similar to the likes of Junkrat and Sigma’s primary fire for instance, her new projectiles would be capable of bouncing around corners and splashing into multiple targets without ever really intending to. 

Demonstrated across Point B on Hanamura, a single projectile flies across the map and reflects dozens of times, dealing damage with each subsequent bounce. 

If an entire round of explosives were fired out simultaneously, one could only imagine the devastating potential of Pharah throughout all levels of competition, especially if the bouncing effect also applied to her Rocket Barrage ult. There would be projectiles flying across the map for the duration of any given match.

While Moira has clearly been a staple support character in recent metas due to her incredibly powerful orbs that can bounce around corners, Pharah would likely fall into the same echelon of popularity if a balance update ever adjusted her explosive projectiles. 

Blizzard - OverwatchPharah’s Overwatch 2 redesign has yet to be unveiled as Blizzard has been tight-lipped since their reveal at BlizzCon.

Fortunately, grounded heroes won’t have to worry about a random rocket flying at them from every direction as this insane concept is limited to the Workshop.

It’ll be fascinating to see how Pharah’s abilities are expanded upon in the PvE experience for Overwatch 2 however. Perhaps this bouncing rocket idea will be a perfect fit to take down the forces of Null Sector. 

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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.