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Overwatch players hatch cunning scheme to get Mei banned in hero pools

Published: 27/Apr/2020 20:51

by Michael Gwilliam


With Mei once again avoiding a ban in the new Overwatch hero pool format, high-ranked players may be deliberately trying to get the ice queen removed from rotation with a genius strategy.

Ever since hero pools were changed to apply for high-ranked hero play rates, the bans have remained consistent for damage characters with McCree and Widowmaker constantly getting the ban hammer.

Unfortunately, Mei’s play rates at the highest levels of ranked play are not high enough for her to be ban-eligible, despite being a staple in organized Overwatch League matches where she dominates.

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Are you afraid of Mei?

Now, players have decided they may go out of their way to play Mei in ranked in order to get her banned in ladder and ultimately the Overwatch League.

“McCree gets banned every other week because he gets banned one week and then he doesn’t get played and then he gets unbanned the next and everyone plays him,” streamer Connor ‘Avast’ Prince explained to his viewers during an OWL companion broadcast. “Mei is never going to get banned! Or Reaper! Mei and Reaper will never be banned because all the comp players will just play hitscan and Echo.”

He then begged high-ranked players to use Mei in ladder. “It’s in ranked players’ best interest to just play Mei,” he stated. “Not only because it’s good so you will win more games, but you can even get it banned.”

“Ranked players, this is our cry for help,” he urged. “Please, this is us imploring you to play Mei so this stupid f**king dog s**t hero pool system can ban Mei.”

Meanwhile, on Reddit, users reached the same conclusion and formed a pact to play Mei as much as possible, though there seemed to be some sarcasm in the tone.

“This week, if you’re a high SR DPS player (2200 and above), lock Mei. If your buddy locks Mei, lock Torb. We need YOU to do your duty,” user rydarus wrote, perhaps joking my suggesting gold players were high SR.

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Mei is dominating in OWL.

Mei has already been nerfed several times during her reign of terror in OWL and the hero has a freeze nerf currently being tested in the Experimental Mode.

It will be interesting to see if the upcoming changes are enough to end her dominance in organized play, but until then players seem tired of seeing her avoid bans week after week.


Overwatch pro Super returns on Jimmy Fallon: When to watch

Published: 22/Oct/2020 12:17

by Lauren Bergin


OWL star Matthew “Super” DeLisi has been added as a guest on the show for the second time, linking up with popular presenter Jimmy Fallon. 

The Overwatch League is full of shining personalities, but it’s safe to say that the captain of reigning back-to-back champions San Francisco Shock is one of the league’s boldest and brightest.

The 20-year-old main tank player has certainly won the hearts of OWL fans, not only because his plays are the definition of brilliance, but because in every interview he features in his enthusiasm for the game is infectious.

This is likely why Jimmy Fallon has elected to bring back the OWL star for the 26 October episode of the classic American talkshow, The Tonight Show.

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Super is the enigmatic captain of back-to-back OWL champions San Francisco Shock.

This isn’t Super’s first time on The Tonight Show

Back in 2019 Super made his inaugural television appearance alongside former Overwatch flex player turned Valorant star Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won. Both players provided America’s viewers with insight into how the esports world works, discussing their rigorous schedules and sharing how many hours they sink into the game.

Super’s guest appearance on the show coincided with the team’s 2019 victory over the Vancouver Titans in the OWL finals, therefore it makes a lot of sense that Super has been asked to return to the show following a dominant performance over Seoul Dynasty.

When to watch and why

It’s nice to see esports becoming more prominent in mainstream media, so it’s worth tuning in to support the growth of esports, as well as learn a little bit about Overwatch as well. Super certainly knows the game inside out.

You can tune in to watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm ET on NBC on Monday, 26 October to see Super alongside superstars Sterling K. Brown and Zoe Lister-Jones.