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Polish Overwatch players open March Madness tournament with epic Torbjörn duel

Published: 29/Mar/2019 20:45 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 15:01

by Bill Cooney

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It’s March Madness season for Overwatch, which is holding its own collegiate tournaments across the world and to start the festivities off in Poland players came up with a brilliant idea to have a Torbjörn duel.

Torbjorn is a fan favorite character in Overwatch and is also one of the game’s biggest memes, even after an update a few months ago to his ultimate and kit, players still find plenty of ways to clown on the engineer.

Torbjorn’s alternate weapon is his hammer, which is most commonly used to repair his turret but some players like to use the hammer’s offensive power to troll the other team, and sometimes their own.

So, to start off the Polish Collegiate Overwatch tournament, players from the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology (PJATK) and the Orły UW made a gentleman’s agreement to start the first match off with nothing but Torbjorn.

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As the two teams approached each other on Nepal’s Shrine map, each squad stopped on opposite stairs and let their chosen one waddle forward into battle.

The rules were simple enough: hammers only and the first team’s Torb to win would take the fight and the first capture of the point.

After sizing each other up, the two dwarfs went at it in an epic clash worthy of Ragnarok itself. Even the casters, after they figured out what was going on, joined in on the fun.

Dagrush would be the last Torbjörn standing for PJATK once the dust had settled and Warsaw, following through with the agreement, backed off and let them take the point first after Dagrush won.

The Torbjorn duel would end up foreshadowing how the rest of the match would go; PJATK would end up beating Warsaw 3-1 and knocking them out of the tournament.

Maybe the Overwatch League could use Torbjorn duels instead of coin flips next time to determine seeds if teams don’t want to play a full match. It could be somewhat competitive and still give fans something to watch without giving the team’s strategies away.

Having dueling Torbjörns to determine Overwatch League team’s fates would certainly be entertaining, but the chances of it actually happening outside of All-Star weekend are probably pretty low.

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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.

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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.