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Overwatch producer drops hints about “special stuff” coming next year

Published: 21/Nov/2018 18:53 Updated: 21/Nov/2018 19:25

by Bill Cooney


During a stream at Blizzard HQ on November 20, popular Overwatch streamer Francine ‘Fran’ Vo asked Lead Producer Matthew Hawley about what’s in store for the game going forward, and he told her there’s some “special stuff” coming in the first half of 2019.

Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan has already teased fans with “big things” coming next year during BlizzCon.

Now, Hawley said the Overwatch team was working on and play testing Hero 30 already as well, “It’s still very rough, but we’re working on it.”

“And we’re working on some super special stuff that I can’t talk about that’s coming up next year,” he teased viewers.

Game Director Jeff Kaplan also hinted at big changes coming next year in a recent interview, but he gets about as specific as Hawley when describing what the changes actually are.

Some users on the Competitive Overwatch subreddit think that the changes could be a clan system or other social system overhaul coming to Battle.net.

Fran conducts an extended interview with Hawley, where she asks more about Hero 30 and the upcoming changes.

At BlizzCon this year, Fran got the chance to sit down and play Overwatch with Kaplan, who mentioned during the stream that clans were something that was definitely being looked at.


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.