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Overwatch Paris rework would greatly improve ‘hated’ assault map

Published: 15/Jun/2020 18:04

by Michael Gwilliam


Paris is one of Overwatch’s most disliked maps, and has been since it was added to the game back in 2019. While Blizzard themselves are designing improvements to the map and have removed it from Competitive rotation, YouTuber BlameTheController decided to have a go at fixing it himself.

Using CSGO’s Hammer Editor, BlameTheController was able to recreate Paris within that game and even go about adjusting things as he saw fit to make the experience better for attackers and defenders.

BTC outlined some of the map’s biggest issues with Point A in need of fixing: bad health pack spots, only one sniper location, the left attacking route is horrible due to a lack of cover, and the car by the choke just gets in the way.

After moving some health pack spots around, the YouTuber decided to flatten one of the roofs on a building by the left side of the choke. This would now allow for heroes to stand on top of it without sliding down and poke from a distance.

He also moved a truck to be closer to the enemy high ground to give the attackers another way to get on top if need be.

Basically, with these edits, the attackers have many more safe options available for them than they have in the live version of the game.

Meanwhile, for Point B, the YouTuber changed up how many routes attackers have, the amount of natural cover, and including a “forward scouting position.”

By moving a fountain near the second point, the defenders have more line of sight to see where the attackers will be coming from.

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Paris is one of Overwatch’s most hated maps.

In the hallway, the right-hand side is now blocked off with the attackers having to choose between going middle or making a left turn. This means that the attackers will need to commit to a position they want to assault the objective from.

While BlameTheController doesn’t expect Blizzard to use his redesign to change up Paris, he hopes that they can take inspiration from it and use some of his ideas for their own internal rework.

So far, there’s no telling when we’ll be able to see the revamped Paris map back in Overwatch, but hopefully, we’ll get our chance before Overwatch 2 eventually releases.


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.