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Why Mei’s Heroes of the Storm ice-skating ability isn’t in Overwatch

Published: 16/Jun/2020 0:06

by Michael Gwilliam

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With Overwatch’s Mei finally coming to Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm, she has a slew of new abilities that some fans have wanted to see in Overwatch for some time. Sadly, her skating trick looks like it’ll be a HoTS exclusive for now.

After a series of teases, Mei was officially revealed on June 15 as the next character in Heroes of the Storm, and like many of the Blizzard icons to cross over, she has some moves that are quite different than her Overwatch counterpart.

For instance, with “Snow Blind” she will fire a snowball at an opponent that will damage, slow, and bind them for a short time.

The big one players want added to Overwatch, however, is her new “Icing” ability. With this, Mei can skate across the battleground with frost exploding towards foes when she’s finished her movement.

Players have wanted Mei to have some sort of skating ability in her kit, but as it turns out, the developers tested it out internally and ultimately decided against it.

In a post on the official forums from back in 2018, Geoff Goodman commented on a post suggesting that Mei should be able to skate on surfaces she freezes.

“The main issue with it for us was that it meant that you were basically always staring at the ground as you moved around. We then thought about it as an ability where snowball would fly out in front of you and lay a path that you could slide on, but ultimately decided to try to avoiding giving her extra mobility,” Goodman explained.

“From a game design standpoint, she’s a hero that is more about slowing enemies and stopping them, rather than herself being fast. In general, we often find ourselves trying to resist putting tons of mobility on every hero, to make sure we keep every hero feeling unique.”

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Mei won’t be skating in Overwatch according to Geoff Goodman.

While it doesn’t appear that Mei will be getting some skates to play hockey with Lucio, at least one of her HoTS abilities is coming to Overwatch 2 in the form of Avalanche.

With this, Mei can send a massive snowball into enemies. An Overwatch 2 version of this ability showed off at BlizzCon 2019 is called “Snowball Effect” and is a talent upgrade to Cryo-Freeze.

Perhaps more HOTS tricks will be making their way to the FPS with its upcoming sequel, but don’t expect to them in the standard game anytime soon.

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Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.