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Overwatch streamer gives heroes a Snapchat makeover with hilarious results

Published: 4/Jun/2019 18:39 Updated: 4/Jun/2019 19:01

by Alan Bernal

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Overwatch players typically have plenty of skins to choose from to use on their favorite heroes, but one streamer found a hysterically meta way of dressing them up using popular social media app Snapchat.

Blizzard’s team shooter has been extremely popular with fans for numerous reasons, including its crisp FPS gameplay, and its refined approach to character design. Though it might look like Overwatch heroes are a bit too refined, as one streamer found out while applying filters to them.

Friends love playing with Snapchat’s various filters that apply everything from virtual makeup and shades to adorable dog ears, but putting them to the game’s heroes just gave the app a whole new purpose.

BlizzardSome Overwatch characters were made for Snapchat’s filters, others however can hardly even register.

Twitch streamer Hannah ‘santoki’ Lee booted up Overwatch on her June 4 stream, but before loading up a game she decided to give some of the characters tasteful updates to their looks.

“So the other day I realised you can add Snapchat filters to people in Overwatch,” santoki said. “And I lost my shit. And I wanted to share with you guys because it’s actually, honestly hilarious.”

Pulling up hero intros, santoki scrolled through various characters of the game while applying the filter. But the experiment quickly got wild as she pulled up some of the game’s more battle-hardened, serious heroes with amazing results.

Santoki started off with probably the best hero to cover with lipstick and hearts – Hanzo. After just the first application santoki was already dying with laughter, and only continued a few heroes later when giving Blackwatch Reaper and McCree the Snapchat treatment.

Although the app had a hard time recognizing characters like Lucio, Ashe, and Junkrat, most heroes santoki tried were able to be transformed by the app.

When will Overwatch be getting more content?

Although players shouldn’t hold their breath for official Snapchat-inspired looks for the game, the next event should be bringing exciting skins for players to get their hands on.

The Summer Games event is right around the corner, and while players don’t have an exact day for the seasonal offerings, it should be launching around August, according to Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan.

Hopefully for streamers like santoki, the Summer Games will release full-faced hero skins to put even more filters on in the future.

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

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 7:08

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.

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.