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Overwatch’s Mei is being added to Heroes of the Storm

Published: 15/Jun/2020 0:44 Updated: 15/Jun/2020 0:46

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard has indicated that the one and only Mei will be the next Overwatch character to join the Heroes of the Storm roster.

Mei is one of Overwatch’s most infamous and feared characters, in part because she can literally freeze you and stop you from doing anything for a few seconds, no matter who you’re playing as.

Her primary fire and ultimate can both freeze enemy heroes, turning even the most well set up defenses into basically a shooting gallery, and now it seems she’s taking her talents to Blizzard’s MOBA.

Of course, Blizzard didn’t just come out and say that Mei would be the next new hero, but based on the HotS teasers they’ve tweeted over the last few days, it doesn’t take much to put two and two together.

First, there was an image of the game’s Alterac Pass map covered with what seemed to be a blizzard (the name of her ultimate) on June 13. On it’s own this doesn’t particularly scream “Mei” however, the next teaser all but confirms her upcoming arrival.

If you’re not an Overwatch player, what these glowing dots actually are might not be instantly apparent. All of the loyal Mei acolytes out there though will be instantly able to recognize them as the eyes of her loyal companion Snowball.

We know from her “Rise and Shine” animated short and countless hours of the FPS that Snowball, besides being absolutely adorable, is also a key part of her kit. The loveable little robot actually turns into a pure killing machine once she throws it out for her Blizzard ultimate.

No doubt Mei and Snowball will continue to be cold as ice when they arrive in the Nexus, but exactly what her abilities will be when compared with Overwatch remains to be seen.

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Sure Snowball seems cute, until you get frozen and take an icicle to the brain.

Other Overwatch heroes that have been added to HotS include Zarya, Tracer, Lucio, Junkrat, D.Va, Hanzo, Ana, and Genji. They all use their same basic kit from Overwatch, but these abilities can be leveled up and made more powerful as the game goes on.

For instance, Lucio has two abilities that could be called “ultimates” in HotS. One is his regular Sound Barrier which provides a temporary, decaying shield to allies, while another one unique to Blizzard’s MOBA called “Summer Anthem” makes teammates in his AOE unkillable for 1.5 seconds.

What Mei’s abilities will look like in HotS is only part of the remaining puzzle, the other piece being when exactly she’ll arrive in the game. While we don’t have a set date just yet, players should start preparing to face the ice queen since Blizzard is teasing her, a full release announcement probably isn’t too far off.

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D.Va’s Heroes of the Storm abilities would fit right into Overwatch 2

Published: 22/Nov/2020 2:45

by Andrew Amos

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All the hype in the Overwatch community right now is looking towards the game’s sequel, Overwatch 2. Blizzard can look internally for some inspiration if they haven’t locked everything in though, because D.Va’s Heroes of the Storm abilities would fit right in.

Overwatch 2 is set to reinvigorate the popular FPS title. Not only is it bringing a complete overhaul of the PvP system with a new game mode and maps, but a campaign is on the cards with both single-player and co-op.

You’d expect that Blizzard has locked everything in by now, given it’s been in the public conscience for over 12 months. However, that hasn’t stopped fans from putting in their own concepts.

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Baby D.Va isn’t that strong in Overwatch, but these ability concepts would help her out.

Animator ‘Jupit’ has been bringing some alternative Overwatch abilities to life for quite some time. From giving Widowmaker a kick at the end of her grapple, to allowing Sigma to lift objects strewn across the map, their concepts are the creative inspiration players want in Overwatch 2.

Jupit’s taken on their biggest task yet with D.Va though. Currently, the Korean MEKA pilot is relatively helpless while out of her machine. It doesn’t have to be that way though, and you don’t have to look far as to why.

Baby D.Va in Heroes of the Storm has access to a few other abilities, including a Torpedo Dash, a Concussive Pulse knock-back, and the aptly-named Big Shot.

Jupit managed to animate those onto D.Va’s current model in Overwatch, and they look right in place for Overwatch 2. With the new talent system being implemented, characters are going to have access to powered-up abilities.

These are just the boosts Baby D.Va needs to take on hordes of enemies. If she gets knocked out of her MEKA, she can still hold her own if she has access to her kit like this, at least until another MEKA arrives.

It’s likely Blizzard has already finalized their plans for D.Va’s talents in Overwatch 2. Honestly though, these D.Va changes would be a blessing for all players, and could make the off-tank just that little bit stronger.