Wild Overwatch bug lets Reinhardt charge through Mei’s Ice Block - Dexerto
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Wild Overwatch bug lets Reinhardt charge through Mei’s Ice Block

Published: 17/Jun/2020 22:25

by Bill Cooney

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A bug that seems to have popped up following the latest Overwatch patch apparently lets Reinhardt charge right through Mei’s Cryo-Freeze ability.

Cryo-Freeze causes Mei to freeze in place and becomes invulnerable, along with healing 150 health over four seconds on her own.

She’s also supposed to stop things like a charging Reinhardt dead in his tracks when in ice cube form – but that definitely didn’t happen in the following clip from Twitch streamer ‘SafeTScissor.’

Rein begins his charge just outside of the first spawn point on Rialto as his team is begins to move the payload across the bridge. An enemy Orisa has set up shop just on the other side along with Mei.

As Reinhardt draws near, Mei pops her Ice Block – but instead of stopping, the tank simply keeps going right on through, only halting when a wall gets in the way.

It’s not like the charge hit just the edge of the ice, either; it goes right through the middle like there’s nothing there at all, and it doesn’t seem to be an isolated incident.

Mei herself doesn’t get pulled out of the ice and pinned when this happens. In fact, she seems to be just fine, but that isn’t the case for any heroes who might be taking cover behind her.

This is definitely a strange bug, and certainly seems repeatable as it’s been reported by multiple players, although it doesn’t seem to happen every single time this interaction occurs.

Mei received another unlisted change to her Cryo-Freeze ability recently that made it so she can no longer receive outside healing while inside the ice, as you can see in the clip above from Reddit user Twoneis.

It’s not completely impossible that this is another unlisted change, but something this major you would think devs would feel the need to list in patch notes. For now, if you’re not playing Mei, we wouldn’t rely on her Ice Block providing too much protection going forward.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.