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Overwatch League VP apologizes after backlash over OWL talent comments

Published: 11/Feb/2020 10:10 Updated: 11/Feb/2020 10:42

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch League vice president Jon Spector has issued an apology after he faced backlash for comments he made about the league’s talent.

In an interview with ESPN during the Overwatch League Season 3 launch weekend, Spector stated that the league “couldn’t be happier” with the talent line-up for the year, describing those signed on as casters and analysts as people who “live and breathe Overwatch.”

The statement came after several changes to the talent line-up for Season 3, with some of the league’s biggest names like Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles, Erik ‘DoA’ Lonnquist, Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonat, and Chris Puckett all departing.

There had already been rumors that the split may not have been entirely amicable between all parties, but it seems the implicit suggestion that those who have left the league did not ‘live and breathe’ the game was not taken kindly by the former commentators, with MonteCristo stating that the league was simply attempting to “cover-up their own poor management and decisions at the expense of people who put everything they had into the league.”

In the wake of the backlash, Spector has now issued a statement in which he apologized for his original comments and clarified his meaning.

Former Overwatch League caster MonteCristo stares to the side during an esports broadcast
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MonteCristo left Overwatch League citing creative differences.

“I want to apologize for my comments yesterday. I did not intend to slight anyone, but I failed to provide some important context before answering a question about my excitement for our 2020 talent lineup. I’d like to offer the context now that I should’ve provided yesterday.

“We are proud of our 2018 and 2019 broadcasts, and we feel great about our lineup this season. We’re incredibly thankful for all of the talented voices that worked to launch the first two seasons of the Overwatch League. We would not be where we are today without your work — thank you all for living and breathing Overwatch and supporting our league since the beginning.”

The 2020 season sees the Overwatch League move into its new ‘homestand’ format for the first time, with teams now hosting matches in their own cities rather than all games being played from the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles. The opening weekend saw New York and Dallas host the first games of the season, with Philadelphia set to host the second weekend on February 15-16.

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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.