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Overwatch practice tool helps players learn perfect Ana grenade spots

Published: 6/May/2019 15:18 Updated: 22/May/2019 8:54

by Joe O'Brien


A practice tool made using Overwatch’s new Workshop feature allows players to learn exactly how to throw projectiles for the results they want.

The Workshop is a scripting tool that gives players a massive amount of power to create new game modes and even prototype new heroes in Overwatch.

Though the Workshop is still only available on the Public Test Realm (PTR), players have already used it to produce a huge variety of modes, from reproductions of other games like Portal and Call of Duty’s One in the Chamber to all-new modes like an Infinity Stones battle inspired by Marvel’s Avengers.

Fun game modes aren’t the only thing that the Workshop is good for, however – it can also be used to create useful practice tools to help players improve certain aspects of their game.

Blizzard EntertainmentPlayers have already produced a huge variety of new modes with the Workshop.

With u/DarkyPaky’s Ana grenade tool, players can learn exactly where they need to throw their grenades from in order to hit their target locations. Ana grenade line-ups can be incredibly powerful, but previously figuring out exactly where to throw them, or even what throws might be possible, could take a lot of trial and error.

By using this Ana grenade practice tool, it’s possible to not only see exactly where a grenade will land based on where Ana is currently aiming, but also how long it will take between being thrown and landing. The mode even has a “wall warning” that will help determine whether the grenade will be interrupted by any barriers before it hits its intended target.

While the mode is perhaps most useful for figuring out Ana grenade spots, which might have the most options for pre-set throws, it also allows for similar practice with Zarya’s Graviton Surge and Orisa’s Protective Barrier.

Graviton Surge is a hugely important ultimate, and therefore it’s critical that Zarya players land it both accurately and without it being denied by an enemy D.Va. For Orisa, meanwhile, shield management is fundamental to success, and so getting used to exact timings and trajectories is vital.

Darwin’s Ana Nade Tool v1.1 – now for ZARYA and ORISA from r/Overwatch

Players that wish to try out this tool for themselves can do so using the share code QHQ8E.

Overwatch isn’t the first game to spawn custom training tools from players – CS:GO notably has a huge variety of aim training, grenade practice, and movement-based “kz” maps available from its own community workshop to help players improve various aspects of their game – and it seems unlikely that u/DarkyPaky’s grenade practice mode will be the last of this kind.

Update: Improved Ana Nade Tool on live servers

The Workshop finally arrived on the live Overwatch servers on May 21, and the creator of this Ana Nade Tool, u/DarkyPaky, has shared an update to the mode to celebrate.

The latest version of the mode, v1.2, includes a new collision marker that more precisely shows where a projectile will impact, although it takes a little longer to calculate. There’s also a “chasing camera” mode that will follow the trajectory of the projectile once it’s been launched.

In addition to Ana, Zarya, and Orisa, the mode also now supports Ashe’s dynamite, Baptiste’s healing grenades, Mei’s Blizzard, and even Torbjörn’s Molten Core.

Darwin’s Ana Nade Tool v1.2 – [ADDED: Ashe, Baptiste, Mei and TORBJORN] from r/Overwatch

Now that the Workshop is on the live servers, this mode is available to players on all platforms. The share code for the updated version of the Ana Nade tool is QHQ8E.

Last updated: May 22, 2019 – 4:45 AM EST


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.