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Professional artists design incredible Overwatch hero based on D&D

Published: 10/May/2020 22:03 Updated: 11/May/2020 5:00

by Theo Salaun


A group of professional artists have banded together to bring Taako from “The Adventure Zone” Dungeons & Dragons podcast to life as an Overwatch character model—and the results are stunning. 

The McElroy family, famous for the “My Brother, My Brother and Me” and “The Adventure Zone” podcasts, are national treasures with a penchant for the ridiculous. Overwatch, with angel-winged witches and gorilla scientists, shares said affinity for the outlandish.

It was only fitting that someone would eventually pair the two, but who knew they would do such a good job of it.


Justin McElroy’s character in The Adventure Zone is a lovable Elven wizard named Taako, famed for his wits, kleptomania, and Umbra Staff—an umbrella that he uses to cast spells, akin to a magic wand.

Danny Sweeney, a senior character artist for Warhammer, teamed up with Rich Carey (concept artist), Darrol Moore (character rig), and Theo Bonora (animator) to create an absurdly accurate version of Taako for Overwatch.

Their design fits the game’s exact aesthetic, with bright colors and an eccentric look. But so does their attention to detail, as they’ve slightly adapted his staff to fit the game a little more closely than traditional D&D mechanics would offer. 


Aside from simply being a fun project that delights whatever crossover fans these two worlds may have, this spurs certain interesting questions about how feasible the introduction of a character like Taako could be for Overwatch.

As a D&D wizard, Taako’s principal ability is the Magic Missile: a spell that casts magic darts that do damage dependent upon your level and the RNG of your dice roll. While an RNG-dependent attack may be too luck-based for a competitive FPS, the prospect of an ability leveling up is intriguing.

The latest hero, Echo, has a Focusing Beam that ramps up in power against enemies and shields with less than half health. That sets a precedent for contextual abilities, so the premise of a Magic Missile attack that delivers more damage the longer the hero is alive (or however else they are determined to theoretically level up) is alluring.


As an addition, Sweeney and the guys granted Taako’s umbrella a hybrid shield function. This provides him with a modest shield to “hide behind while he casts spells.” From an in-game perspective, a hero like him could actually be an innovative fit for the game.

From a lore perspective, it’s a no-brainer. Sure, Taako is from a different world entirely. But he has outstanding morals (sometimes) and is headstrong, therefore a perfect fit for the ambitious Overwatch team and a cunning nightmare for Talon.


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.