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Overwatch: September 17 update has “broken” Mei’s Ice Wall

Published: 18/Sep/2019 7:22 Updated: 18/Sep/2019 7:46

by Joe O'Brien

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The latest update to Overwatch seems to have made it more difficult for Mei players to place their Ice Wall.

The September 17 patch introduced a variety of changes, focusing primarily on nerfs for the likes of Sigma, Symmetra, and Zarya, but it also adjusted the way ground-targeted abilities such as Mei’s Ice Wall and Symmetra’s Shadowstep are aimed.

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Going forward, such abilities will “more heavily prefer edges over placing as far away as possible”. The change is designed to fix an issue that could cause the placement to be inconsistent, especially when trying to place on higher terrain.

via Gfycat

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Unfortunately, the update seems to have caused issues of its own, with u/Mitsiee identifying multiple locations in which it is now much harder to block off common locations.

For instance, on King’s Row, it now appears to be impossible to block off the upper room of the attacking spawn, a spot often held by snipers, without going dangerously far forward.

via Gfycat

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In other cases, the wall now seems entirely impossible to place. On Hollywood, placing the wall on the Saloon balcony in the second phase appears to no longer work at all, and there are a variety of new inconsistencies in other locations on other maps in which the wall cannot be placed while aiming at certain spots.

via Gfycat

Mei has been a notoriously bugged hero throughout most of the game’s lifetime, with minor issues cropping up with almost every aspect of her kit. With her Ice Wall being a major zoning tool, however, Mei players will undoubtedly be hoping for a quick fix for this issue.

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This isn’t the only issue that has arisen from the latest patch. Assault map Paris has been temporarily disabled due to a bug that allowed players to shoot through one of the spawn doors, and some players have also described the new Brick Bastion skin as “unplayable” due to the LEGO-style muzzle flash animations impairing vision.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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