Reaper Won't Co-operate in Fascinating Overwatch Stop-Motion Animation - Dexerto

Reaper Won’t Co-operate in Fascinating Overwatch Stop-Motion Animation

Published: 6/Aug/2018 23:51 Updated: 6/Aug/2018 23:52

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch stop-motion animation with Reaper offers a quick and entertaining look at how such videos are created.

Blizzard animator Justin Rasch posted a stop-motion animation of Overwatch hero Reaper which shows him adjusting the props in order to create the animation.

Rasch is an animator who has worked for Blizzard on the popular Overwatch animated shorts, but his most recent project was the “Trace & Bake” stop-motion animation for Overwatch’s second anniversary.

In Trace & Bake, figurines of Tracer and Reaper come to life when no-one’s watching, and Tracer dashes off to make a cake to celebrate the anniversary. As well as doing much of the animation work, Rasch directed the video and co-wrote it with his wife, with the pair even building the sets in their own house.

Though the main video itself, along with a behind-the-scenes video that discussed how the video came about, was released in May, a more recent upload by Rasch himself gives a new perspective on how the animation is created with an extra clip of the Reaper model attempting to avoid returning to its box.

Part of this extra Reaper animation originally appeared at the end of the behind-the-scenes video for Trace & Bake, but as well as this version showing the full clip, it also demonstrates how it was animated, with clips of Rasch adjusting the model sped up to the speed of the final product.

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Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 7:08

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.