Overwatch's March 25 PTR update has fixed one of Mei's most annoying problems - Dexerto

Overwatch’s March 25 PTR update has fixed one of Mei’s most annoying problems

Published: 28/Mar/2019 1:02 Updated: 28/Mar/2019 1:25

by Alan Bernal


Overwatch has seen various issues in its lifetime, but a strange and persistent bug with Mei’s Cryo-Freeze is finally being addressed in the PTR.

Mei’s ability to cover herself in a block of ice lets her avoid all incoming damage while applying a small heal as she’s frozen in place. 

On March 13, however, players noticed that some heals from teammates are able to penetrate her icy enclosure but others cannot.

BlizzardThe fix should give Mei players some more confidence going into a fight.

The pesky issue was finally addressed in the March 25 PTR update, and players have been thoroughly testing if the fix actually addresses the problem.

In a Reddit post, user ‘rubenburgt’ made two videos, one that demonstrated the bug before the PTR update and one that showed off the fix after.

Remember the Mei bug where she couldn’t get heals in Cryo-Freeze? It’s fixed on PTR. Let’s test that. from r/Overwatch

The clips show that heals such as Baptiste’s healing grenades, Lucio’s AOE effect, Moira’s healing spray/orbs and more didn’t have an effect on a damaged Mei while in her Cryo-Freeze.

After the update, every ability seems to work as intended to give Mei some much-needed healing in hectic situations. 

BlizzardHopefully the fix will give Mei more options from getting out of tricky situations.

Though many fans were happy to see the fix issues, some fans were pleasantly surprised to see a resolution to the problem. Mei’s Cryo-Freeze had been so consistently bugged that some players started thinking it was an intended mechanic.

“Its weird that all this time apparently it was a bug,” Reddit user Haoxian_Dave said. “I thought it was just a very weird gameplay design choice.”

Many users seem to share his confusion, but generally agreed that a fix to a feature that wasn’t intended in the first place was a good thing.


Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.