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Overwatch player reveals how they can play any song on Paris piano

Published: 13/Jan/2020 16:00

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player has created a program to play any song on the piano in Paris, and showed it off with the infamously fast piece ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’.

The piano in Paris is one of the Overwatch community’s favorite easter eggs. As well as being decorative, the piano is actually fully functional, with all the keys being playable by hitting or shooting at them.

This has led plenty of players to produce some fairly impressive renditions of songs in the game,such as a pair who played the Skyrim theme and Dr Dre’s ‘Still D.R.E’ during one of Dafran’s streams. Now, however, Overwatch player EDToaster has taken things to a new level by creating a program that allows them to play any song on the in-game instrument.

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsokov’s ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ is well-recognized for its frantic pace, often seen as a show-piece for fast play on the piano, and EDToaster used this to demonstrate what their program is capable of.

Playing the piece manually on the piano in Paris would be effectively impossible – the tempo of the notes and the precision required to hit each would require a feat of aim that just isn’t feasible. With EDToaster’s program, however, the song is played perfectly at an incredible speed.

Unfortunately for those who would like to try the program out for themselves, EDToaster is not currently releasing it for public use, although they did explain how they went about building it.

While some viewers may be more impressed by the effort required to play manually over a polished performance with the help of a program, EDToaster’s creation does allow for a far greater range of tracks to be played in-game than would otherwise be possible.

Though ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ perhaps best demonstrates the technical feats the program can manage, it’s not the only song EDToaster has performed on the Paris piano, also showing off the effects with a brief rendition of Undertale track ‘Megalovania’, which players may also recognize from Smash Bros Ultimate following the addition of Sans.

The program is still limited by the fact that the character can only aim at a single key at a time, meaning it’s unable to play a separate bass line and melody at the same time, or play chords – although whether EDToaster could have two players perform simultaneously to play more complex pieces perhaps remains to be seen.

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Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 7:08

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.

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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.

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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.