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Blizzard finally bans Mei from the Overwatch League – thanks to a cat

Published: 30/Mar/2020 6:09

by Brad Norton


Mei has finally been banned from the Overwatch League – for one week – after a cat’s random decision brought the entire Overwatch community together in a heartfelt moment.

Weeks after introducing the Hero Pools system in Overwatch and the OWL, the game’s most controversial hero has finally been pulled from the competition, at least for those in the Overwatch League.

While bans differ between the competitive playlist and the competitive league, the entire community rejoiced as Mei was finally plucked from the playable Damage-based lineup in the March 29 edition of Watchpoint.

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Mei has been the cause of much frustration in the Overwatch community of late.

Following the latest set of matches, it was time for the Watchpoint crew to assemble and draw the latest set of heroes that would be banned from competition.

Tweaking the formula for this week, however, the hosts decided to change the ruleset on the fly and allow for Soe Soembi Gschwind’s cat to decide on the bans.

The more that a certain hero was played throughout the week, the higher a chance that they had of being removed for the following period of the competition. As one of the most controversially powerful heroes in the game, Mei had a 37.1% pick rate but managed to avoid a ban for weeks.

On March 29 however, Soembi’s cat finally plucked the hero from the competition, and the entire Overwatch community rejoiced. Brigitte, Wrecking Ball, and McCree were also removed from the OWL hero pool.

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“It’s finally happened, former OWL player Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy said. “I don’t think anybody can doubt the system anymore.”

After months of the icy hero terrorizing players online and countless pro calling for the character to be nerfed, Mei was finally toppled. All it took was a cat.

“The moment pro Overwatch fans rejoiced most since GOATs,” OWL commentator Wolf “Wolf” Schröder joked after seeing the ban. “A cat made it happen.”

While this ban only applies to the players in the OWL themselves, it should certainly make for a more interesting slate of matchups when the competition rolls around once again. 

As the community shares in a moment of joy due to Mei’s ban, dedicated players are more than frustrated with the current set of Live bans. With six Damage-based heroes removed, even DJ superstar Zedd called out the developers.


Overwatch Oct 29 update buffs McCree, Mei, Brig and more: patch notes

Published: 29/Oct/2020 18:47 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 18:51

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch patch has just gone live on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, bringing in several major buffs from the Experimental Card, but not Baptiste’s Amplification Matrix increase.

Notably, for fans of McCree, they’ll be pleased to know that his reload speed has been buffed along with his health, going from 200 to 225.

The change in health may seem minor, but in the heat of battle, it can be the difference between landing a fatal shot on an enemy or dying before firing that last bullet.

Mei has also received a massive buff with her ammo not being restored by 15 per second when she’s in Cryo-Freeze. This should make her a massive threat when she’s healing up as when she comes out, she’ll be locked and loaded.

Mei uses ice block
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Mei will now gain ammo when in her block.

Additionally, her Ice Wall sees its cooldown reduced, so that ability will be up more often.

Moving onto Brigitte, the shield maiden is getting a small health buff, which should help her get the Inspire passive online and improve her survivability.

Meanwhile, Baptiste is getting several changes by being able to shoot faster at the expense of losing one damage per shot and sees her healing buffed by 10.

McCree on Hanamura
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McCree just got a lot deadlier.

However, the big Amplification Matrix buff is not going through yet. Community Manager Josh Nash wrote that the dev team thinks, “the width increase from 5 to 9 meters is a positive change to Baptiste’s gameplay because it makes the ability more easily usable for his allies without gathering closely together. We’re planning to add this update to the live game in an upcoming patch after an art polish pass.”

Finally, Widowmaker is getting a small health nerf with her base HP dropping from 200 to 175. This should help keep her in check at the highest levels of play.

Full patch notes:



Biotic Launcher

  • (Primary Fire) Recovery time reduced from 0.45 to 0.38 seconds
  • (Primary Fire) Damage reduced from 25 to 24
  • (Secondary Fire) Recovery increased from 0.8 to 0.9 seconds
  • (Secondary Fire) Healing increased from 50 to 60

Developer Comments: We’re making some adjustments to Baptiste’s Biotic Launcher firing cadence that will make dealing damage quicker and landing a healing grenade more impactful.



  • Base health increased from 150 to 175



  • Base health increased from 200 to 225


  • (General) Reload time reduced from 1.5 to 1.2 seconds



  • Now restores 15 ammo per second

Ice Wall

  • Cooldown lowered from 13 to 12 seconds

Developer Comments: Since we previously made Mei’s primary fire relatively more expensive, she spends more time out of ammo and this was particularly noticeable when unable to reload while in Cryo-Freeze. To help smooth out this gameplay she now regains some ammo during Cryo-Freeze.



  • Base shields increased from 100 to 125



  • Base health reduced from 200 to 175

Developer Comments: We’re making some max health adjustments in 25 HP increments to allow for more fine tuning of heroes’ power. Until now this was done in 50 HP increments to help simplify the understanding how many hits an enemy hero could withstand.