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An Overwatch streamer’s dad played placement matches and got this rank

Published: 12/Feb/2020 18:06

by Michael Gwilliam


Former Overwatch pro Christopher ‘Jay3’ Pavloff let his dad take over his stream to play competitive placement matches, and the results were amusing to say the least.

As had been the case since the introduction of role queue, players compete in five placement games per role and are given a unique skill rating based on how they perform as either a tank, support, or damage hero.

Jay3 explained to his dad, who was given the low-leveled account PapaJay3, how to host a stream, interact with chat, and thank viewers for donations.

While queuing as a DPS, the streamer coached his dad on how to aim, use abilities, stand behind shields and other things very true to Overwatch.

One humorous moment happened early into a defense on Hanamura when a Mei played used the in-game voice command “thank you,” prompting the father to reply “you’re welcome” as he didn’t know it came from a character.

A bit later on, as the dad started to get the hang of the game, he started to prove that even as an Overwatch noob, players still had trouble dealing with him as a Bastion in sentry mode.

Despite the fact that PapaJay hadn’t played Overwatch until that day, he actually became a force to be reckoned with on Bastion as he scored multiple frags and carried his team to a 2-0 win on Illios.

Even as the victory screen popped up, he asked, “did we win?” which got a bit of a laugh from Jay and the chat.

A few days later, the ex-pro’s dad completed his placement matches, going 2-3, not a bad result all things considered. However, the SR may have caught some people off guard.

Jay3’s dad ended up placing in bronze.

When it was all said and done, he ended up placing bronze with 554 SR. In Overwatch, the game won’t display a rank any lower than 500, so at least he ended up placing fifty-four above the absolute lowest the game has to offer.

“Not bad,” Pavloff encouraged his father after his rank was revealed.

Hopefully the streamer can continue to coach his dad and he ends up growing into a formidable force on the ladder.


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.