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Female Overwatch Contenders player Ellie confirmed she wasn’t actually the one playing [UPDATE]

Published: 4/Jan/2019 20:33 Updated: 6/Jan/2019 20:41

by Bill Cooney

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Cloud9 streamer Becca ‘Aspen’ Rukavina claimed on stream that Ellie, the Overwatch player at the center of a huge controversy this week after she walked away from a spot on a Contenders team due to harassment, might not be a real person. 

Updated 1/6/2019

To make a very long story short, Ellie came out of nowhere with a new Overwatch account and soon climbed through the competitive ranks enough to catch the attention of Contenders teams.

Shortly after joining the Contenders team Second Wind, the player stepped down after intense scrutiny on their true identity, something some said wouldn’t have happened if Ellie wasn’t a female.

Esports insider Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau wrote on Twitter that “Ellie has said in private messages to teammates in the last hour confirming she has not been the one playing.”

Slasher followed up his initial Tweet with another featuring more evidence in the form of screenshots between Top 500 player punisherow, who had previously stated on streams and on Reddit that they were Ellie’s boyfriend, and another female Overwatch player ‘Catsui,’ who was unaware of this incident. 

This was brought to light after the clip of Aspen revealing the true identity of Ellie.

On stream, Aspen told her viewers that “Ellie, is not Ellie.” Instead, she claimed the “whole situation was meant to be, in a way, like a social experiment.”

“Ellie is actually Punisher, and he told me yesterday,” the streamer told viewers.

“Yeah, Ellie is Punisher,” Aspen repeated on stream. “He did this for like a social experiment thing, and did not expect it to get out of hand, so that’s kinda the juice around that.”

There was plenty of speculation on Reddit about whether or not it was actually Punisher playing as Ellie, a fact they denied repeatedly.

Punisher still has to make any kind of statement on the situation, and whether or not it was indeed a ‘social experiment’ of some kind, with nothing coming from Ellie’s socials since she stepped down from Second Wind.

More information has been released involving the nature of Punisher’s plan, calling into question the motives he had for the alleged social experiment.

Female members of the community came forward in the aftermath to discuss Punisher’s behavior, labeling it as “creepy.”

The recent discoveries have led some to doubt the social experiment excuse as nothing more than a cover to save face after being caught.

Regardless of Punisher’s original intentions, the community is reacting to the result of the Ellie controversy.

The saga of Ellie may be far from over, and whether or not it was a social experiment at conception – it is turning into one now and the Overwatch community is reacting.

Dafran, the Atlanta Reign player who originally doubted the legitimacy of the Ellie account, also had a response to the new information.

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

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

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.

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.