Overwatch fans already have crazy theories about the Storm Rising event - Dexerto

Overwatch fans already have crazy theories about the Storm Rising event

Published: 9/Apr/2019 0:33 Updated: 9/Apr/2019 1:07

by Bill Cooney


Blizzard put out another teaser for their Archives event Storm Rising on April 8 and The second teaser for the Archives Storm Rising event revealed that Tracer, Mercy, Genji and Winston would be the playable characters in this year’s PvE mission.

Various hints from Blizzard also point to a new map set in Havana, Cuba for the new event, but what kind of map it could be (2CP, Control Point, etc.) remains to be seen.

Blizzard EntertainmentHavana, Cuba, has been hinted as the next new Overwatch map.

What’s in store for the Storm Rising event?

This hasn’t stopped Overwatch fans from coming up with their own ideas about what we can expect to see out of the latest event.

In a post on Reddit, user Number9Robotic speculated that Storm Rising might include Cuba getting wiped off the map.

Number9 points out that in the hint from April 7, there’s an article about a huge incoming hurricane that could hit Cuba at the same time as the Storm Rising mission.

“Remember Mei’s backstory: it’s been long speculated that there’s something big causing the increasingly drastic climate change beyond mere industrialism and global warming,” Number9 theorized. “I’ve heard some theories that Hurricane Fernand is being somehow being controlled, with some speculating that Talon might have like a weather machine or something.”

Blizzard EntertainmentEarth as seen from Horizon Lunar Colony. Look closely and you’ll see Cuba seems to be missing.

To back it up, they also pointed out that on the present Earth in the Overwatch universe, as viewed from Horizon Lunar Colony, there appears to be no Cuba, just ocean.

Talon having a weather-controlling device would certainly fit their motive as a ruthless terrorist organization determined to control the world.

Number9 admits that everything they said was pure speculation, but so far it seems to line up with Overwatch lore and the details provided so far about the event.


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

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

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.