Reaper's ultimate makes him practically unkillable thanks to Overwatch PTR buff - Dexerto

Reaper’s ultimate makes him practically unkillable thanks to Overwatch PTR buff

Published: 10/Jan/2019 11:13 Updated: 10/Jan/2019 12:20

by Joe O'Brien


After his recent buff on the Overwatch Public Test realm (PTR), it seems Reaper’s ultimate can make him practically impossible to kill.

The most recent update to the PTR included a buff to Reaper, which increased his life-steal from 30% to 50%.

The change means that Reaper should be significantly tougher to kill assuming he can continue to deal damage. This is especially true of his ultimate ability, Death Blossom, which is capable of outputting insane amounts of total damage if it catches multiple targets.

Seoul Dynasty main tank Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung took to the PTR to test out just how big a difference the change makes, and the results were quite incredible.

Fissure set up with six opponents and requested that all of them shoot him during the ultimate. He then issued a countdown, and unleashed the Death Blossom.

Despite six enemies attacking him, Fissure’s Reaper never dropped below half health, easily out-healing the incoming damage and eliminating all of the enemies in the process.

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There are, of course, still ways to counter Reaper’s ultimate. He remains a rather easy target during Death Blossom, and the ultimate can be cancelled by a number of stuns. Alternatively, Ana’s Biotic Grenade would prevent him from healing himself, allowing the opposing team to burst him down.

It certainly seems, however, that if the Reaper changes reach the live servers in their current form, teams will have to be much more careful about how they prepare for and respond to a potential Death Blossom.


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.