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The Final Overwatch League Season Two Expansion Teams Have Been Reported

Published: 5/Sep/2018 16:46 Updated: 5/Sep/2018 16:49

by Joe O'Brien

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The final two spots in Season Two of the Overwatch League have reportedly been sold.

According to a report by ESPN, the final expansion spots in the Overwatch League for the upcoming season will be based in Chengdu, China, and Vancouver, Canada.

Chinese streaming platform Huya will own the Chengdu franchise, while the Vancouver spot will reportedly be owned by Aquilini Investment Group, owner of Canucks Sports & Entertainment, which is the parent group of the Rogers Arena and the Vancouver Canucks. The Rogers Arena recently played host to DotA 2’s The International 8, the first esports event to be held there.

These two teams would bring the total number of teams for Season Two of the Overwatch League up to twenty, Blizzard’s goal according to a previous ESPN report. The same report revealed that teams based in Hangzhou, China and Washington, D.C. had also been sold.

These would join teams based in Atlanta (Georgia, USA) Guangzhou (China), Toronto (Canada), and Paris (France) as expansion teams for Season Two, a total of eight new additions to the League. So far, only the Atlanta and Guangzhou franchises have been officially announced.

Spots in the League for Season Two have reportedly been sold for $30-60 million, depending on several factors including the Overwatch player-base and general population in each location. After a successful debut season the buy-in is a significant increase from the reported $20 million price-tag for spots in Season One.

The new franchises will be able to start building their rosters from September 9, when an exclusive free agent signing window opens for expansion teams. From October 8, all Overwatch League teams will be able to sign free agents, and all teams will need to have a minimum eight-man roster by December 8.

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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

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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.