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Overwatch devs reveal new Mei healing “bug” is actually intentional

Published: 24/Jun/2020 23:42

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players confused about new interactions with Mei were surprised to find out they’re not all “bugs” as they’d been initially inclined to believe.

Mei’s existence has been one of the strangest in Overwatch, with her Wall and Cryo-Freeze abilities receiving many changes over the years.

Originally, teammates were unable to heal her when she entered Cryo-Freeze, but later the developers made it so that they could. Now, on the latest version of the game, that’s once again no longer the case.

This was thought to be a bug and posted about on the PTR feedback forums where developer Josh Nash chimed in with a refutation: “It is intended that Mei’s Cryo-Freeze makes her untargetable by friendly abilities.”

Working as intended

“This was implemented on May 19 with the note, ‘now behaves like Mei’s Ice Wall when it comes to interactions. Cryo-Freeze will block line of sight and collision in much the same way,’” he explained.

This was all to make her Cryo-Freeze behave more like her Ice Wall, but it seems to have gotten lost in translation.

While the lack of healing was intentional, not all of the “bugs” were. For instance, in the game, Mei’s blaster is requiring an extra “tick” to freeze an enemy, something that Nash says the team will be taking a look at.

Finally, a really awkward bug involving her and Reinhardt or Wrecking Ball, where Charge or Grapple will through Cryo-Freeze, is also apparently not intended.

“We will take a look at Mei not stopping Reinhardt’s Charge,” Nash wrote. “Mei’s Cryo-Freeze is intended to serve as an immovable object (once planted on the ground) and disrupt the line of sight.”

There’s no indication as to when these bugs will be patched, but one thing is for sure: Mei is not supposed to be receiving healing from allies anymore when she’s in her ice block form.


Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities.

D.va from Overwatch looking cool
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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.