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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


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.


Overwatch’s tank mains want nerfs as Echo & Zenyatta make ranked “hell”

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:44

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch tanks have been on the receiving end of some major nerfs lately with Sigma and Wrecking Ball on the chopping block, but now players are calling for changes to two heroes responsible for making ranked “hell” for them.

Tanks in Overwatch are critical pieces of any team composition and while they’ve seemed overpowered for quite some time, now, Echo and Zenyatta seem to be on the receiving end of fury from the playerbase.

Notably, Echo’s ability to delete targets with ease thanks to her ammo count and powerful Focusing Beam makes her a dangerous foe while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb shreds tanks.

When applied, Discord Orb causes an opponent to receive 30% extra damage. As such, large health pool tanks can be obliterated when focused down thanks to Zen’s utility.

Echo using Focusing Beam
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Echo has a lot of tools to be a pain for enemy teams.

Players on Reddit have been vocal in calling for changes. “Tanks f**king suck to play right now and the sigma nerfs just solidified that for me,” wrote user HaMx_Platypus.

“None of the tanks actually feel like tanks at all when you’re going up against 30% Discord,” they added.

Redditors chimed in with their own thoughts. “Completely agree, Discord should be taken back down to 25% at least,” one wrote.

Zenyatta attacks

“Echo’s issue is that her clip is too big,” another pointed out. “The Sticky [cool down] doesn’t matter, the issue is she can often use them again before having to reload.”

“It’s bonkers that she can combine all 3 abilities (right click, throw out a few left clicks and then immediately use beam) to stack the damage, as it will literally kill any hero in the game if you land the stickies,” a fan blasted.

Another took their criticism of Echo and Discord to another level. “Discord is simply too powerful. It’s literally like 6 Mercy boosts at a time and 90% of the time that’s going onto the main tank. Plus you add the spam damage that Zen does and it’s just unreal,” they slammed.

“Echo was poorly designed. I couldn’t tell upon release but it’s much clearer now. She just has too many tank-busting abilities and not enough punishability,” the user further remarked.

With so many players voicing their frustration, it may be a sign for Blizzard to consider some slight nerfs on the Experimental Mode in the coming weeks.