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Overwatch player demonstrates a useful movement trick with Junkrat

Published: 21/Nov/2018 16:49 Updated: 21/Nov/2018 17:52

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch player showed off how a key change to Junkrat opens up a useful movement trick.

Originally, Junkrat’s grenade launcher could damage himself, meaning that he had to be just as wary of his own grenades as the enemy team.

Though this was changed some time ago, a side-effect that many players may not be conscious of gives Junkrat a useful trick to add to his toolkit.

The change was presumably intended as a more general quality-of-life update for Junkrat – more so than any other hero, the rebounding nature of Junkrat’s grenades made avoiding self-damage particularly awkward if he found himself in confined spaces.

However, although the self-damage was removed from his grenades, the knock-back still effects Junkrat. As a result, he can use them for his own version of a rocket-jump.

Junkrat also originally suffered damage from his own Riptire, resulting in many mishaps for Junkrat players.

There are a variety of jumps in the game that can only be made with the assistance of some sort of knock-back, assuming no ability is used that directly provides vertical movement. The likes of Soldier: 76 and Zarya are particularly known for being able to make use of their abilities for the necessary boost.

Thanks to the self-damage change, Junkrat can also make use of an assisted jump by timing his jump with the explosion of a grenade, as u/Playur1 demonstrates.

via Gfycat

via Gfycat

Playur1 explains that when firing the grenade at a destructible object, as in the second clip, the explosion is immediate, but when the grenade hits a non-destructible object like in the first clip it will bounce three times before blowing up.

Obviously, Junkrat has a movement option in his Concussion Mine, but considering the value of the ability both for movement and damage, and the fact that it has a cooldown after use, expending it for jumps that only need a slight boost isn’t ideal.


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.