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Sojourn Overwatch 2 cinematic trailer teased by Blizzard dev

Published: 13/Sep/2020 20:06

by Theo Salaun

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News for Overwatch 2 has been sparse, but Blizzard’s Cinematic Director, Jason Hill, has prompted speculation about a new cinematic trailer involving an upcoming character, Sojourn.

Overwatch 2 was announced back at BlizzCon in November 2019, but very little information has been revealed since then. Following numerous minor appearances and design iterations in various trailers and comics, Sojourn was confirmed to be one of the sequel’s new heroes when she featured in the November gameplay trailer. 

In the video, Sojourn was seen both strategizing with Overwatch heroes like Mei and Lucio and then, again, in some action showing off a large rifle. This understandably spurred excitement among the game’s community, which has simply reignited following Hill’s tweet.

Overwatch’s animated cinematic trailers are beloved among the game’s player base, much as Warcraft’s high-production trailers were in its early years. As such, the fact that Blizzard is finally teasing something about upcoming content is mightily exciting.

 

As Hill’s tweet indicates, “happiness is having a great VO session.” In the attachment, he includes a picture of Sojourn with a comment that it’s “for no particular reason.” As far as teasers go, this is notably tame, but enough can be extrapolated for fans to anticipate a new video furthering hype for Overwatch 2.

A cinematic director, happy with voiceover work, and referencing an upcoming title’s newest hero — if that’s not proof that news is finally coming, then it’s hard to know what is.

As indicated by Game Director Jeff Kaplan during the BlizzCon 2019 Overwatch 2 panel, “Sojourn is right at the center of the story of Overwatch 2. So we hope you liked her in Storm Rising. You’re going to spend a lot more time with her.”

Possible DPS hero Sojourn has already been confirmed for Overwatch 2.
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Possible DPS hero Sojourn has already been confirmed for Overwatch 2.

While many hoped that there would be more details and reveals for Blizzard’s most popular titles during BlizzCon 2020, the company announced in May that this year’s event will be canceled.

Instead of shifting to an online or precautionary bubble format, the team has decided to postpone until 2021 in hopes that the cloud of uncertainty passes by then.

As such, it’s unclear whether this teased Overwatch 2 trailer featuring Sojourn will be revealed before 2021. But, after months of hearing nothing, it’s nice to at least know stuff is being worked on.

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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.

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.