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Overwatch team demonstrate useful Wrecking Ball trick for disrupting enemy attacks

Published: 10/Jan/2019 16:17 Updated: 10/Jan/2019 16:25

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch Contenders Pacific team Cyclone Coupling showed off a clever Wrecking Ball tactic during their quarter-final match against Talon Esports.

Cyclone Coupling were set up to defend on the high ground of the second point on Hanamura. Their set-up featured a Bastion behind an Orisa shield, capable of dealing immense damage but also likely to be dangerously exposed once the enemy pushed.

In order to make it a little harder for Talon to dive onto the Bastion, however, Lin ‘Ely’ HongZheng‘s Wrecking Ball was set up such that he could spin in circles on the spot, knocking the approaching enemies back.

This tactic was accomplished by having Wrecking Ball connect his Grappling Claw to the floor beneath the platform, allowing him to act as if swinging from the hook despite being on a flat surface.

Another Overwatch player, Beybarro, demonstrated how this is done, as well as showing off potential spots for the technique on a variety of maps.

Though the rope tying Wrecking Ball to his claw can pass through surfaces, the claw itself cannot, so Wrecking Ball must find an angle to fire it to the lower level before making his way up without disconnecting it.

In the case of the Hanamura spot that Cyclone Coupling utilized, this means firing it from the front balcony of the building before travelling through the corridor to the defense point.

While this tactic does require a little bit of set-up before the enemy arrive, it can be very disruptive to opponents attempting to assault a particular location, and is likely to catch many off-guard.

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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.

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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.