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Overwatch guide reveals rare tips and tricks to rank up as Mei

Published: 10/Feb/2020 17:40

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch YouTuber Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan has updated his previous Mei guide video for 2020 with some fresh tips from Top 500 ice legend Rady.

Throughout the video, Rady shares tips to give Mei an advantage in every single match up in the game, but a general tip is the super-strong freeze into double headshot combo.

These freeze combo fundamentals will “maximize your DPS and get as much value out of her,” the German player explained.

KarQ shows off a Mei combo in Overwatch to kill Sigma easily
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A Mei combo can deal a whopping 412.5 damage.

“Fully frozen targets stand still for one and a half seconds, so the first combo is to freeze and follow up with two headshots for maximum damage,” he noted. Additionally, if a 200 HP target is getting a little bit of healing, you just need to freeze followed by a headshot and melee to secure the kill.

This trick can actually cause Mei to kill both Sigma and Zarya with ease. It takes thirty rounds of ammo to freeze a target. You end up doing about 82.5 damage before the tank is frozen. From there, two headshots will deal 300 damage and a melee for an extra thirty. The end result is 412.5 damage – enough to kill both 400 HP heroes.

Against the other tanks, however, it’s best to freeze and then use the Blizzard ultimate to prevent enemies from moving for over seven whole seconds. Once they’re locked in place, you’re free to headshot as many times as you want.

Another neat tip is that against Doomfist, you can wall off his Meteor Strike to nullify some of his damage. The most interesting part, though, is that by going into ice block as he hits a sweet spot of his ultimate, you can negate all of his damage and stop your teammates from losing HP.

Mei can also out-distance Reaper’s Death Blossom, so by standing far enough away, she can freeze the Talon hero before he is able to wrack up any kills.

Finally, the last tip worth noting is that Mei’s ice wall is a brilliant tool for denying value from certain line of sight abilities such as Sound Barrier, Transcendence, and Immortality Field.

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Getting the wall placement just right can deny Baptiste’s Immortality Field.

By placing the wall between the hero and their allies, you can prevent the enemy from gaining Sound Barrier shields or getting healed by Zen’s Transcendence.

This can be especially useful when dueling a Baptiste, because instead of having to destroy the lamp, you can block its line of sight, negate its effect and easily kill him.

Mei is incredibly good right now and can be an easy hero to play to rank up with. Take advantage of these tips and you may be able hit a new SR peak before the season ends.

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Activision in talks to reduce fees owed by CDL & Overwatch League teams

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 22:35

by Theo Salaun

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Recent reports from The Esports Observer indicate that Activision Blizzard are in the midst of discussions to possibly reduce the amount the amount owed by Overwatch League and Call of Duty League franchises as part of their entry fees.

With all OWL and CDL plans derailed over the past year, Activision are reportedly trying to rework the hefty investments that organizations have made into their franchising opportunities. When the massive game development company pitched both leagues, neither was expected to be profitable in the short-term, but projections have taken an even greater hit due to current global restrictions.

A groundbreaking esports concept centered around the city-based model that is used in traditional sports, Activision required $20 million entry fees for the OWL’s first 12 teams and then fees in the range between $30 to $60 million for its next eight. For the CDL’s inaugural season, 12 teams needed to put up at least $25 million apiece, even more for cities that were in high-demand.

Now that the plans for local events have understandably shifted, neither league is expanding for their next season and ownership groups in both are looking for ways to save cash. As reported by The Esports Observer’s Adam Stern, this has engendered cost-cutting discussions with Activision’s latest new senior executive hire, Tony Petitti.

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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

Petitti, formerly Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner, was hired by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to a senior role involved with both of their leagues as the President of Sports and Entertainment. He joins Johanna Faries, a former National Football League executive, who brings a traditional sports perspective as the commissioner for both the CDL and OWL.

Given their experience with city-based sports leagues, Activision is likely aware of the profitability challenges that their current esport and sport investment groups are facing. As such, it should be no surprise that they are willing to have conversations about concessions that can make current projections fit closer to the original expectations.

As Stern reports, those discussions have included discounting some of the original entry fees: “one idea that is being weighed is reducing the amount of money they owe to the video game maker.” 

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Following in the OWL’s footsteps, the CDL also had huge enthusiasm for live events.

With Immortals Gaming Club selling their Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise to 100 Thieves and reportedly being interested in selling their OWL spot as well, many are wondering if franchise valuations have shifted.

Fortunately, it appears that the profitability projections have remained somewhat consistent despite current predicaments. As reported by Forbes’ Christina Settimi, 100 Thieves COO John Robinson would not set an exact figure on their LA Thieves purchase, but suggested that “franchise values have held up.”

Activision would likely want to avoid an exodus of owners, so these discussions to cut costs and protect brand health are reportedly ongoing.