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Will past Overwatch weekly challenge skins ever come back?

Published: 26/Oct/2019 22:12 Updated: 26/Oct/2019 22:26

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event is the latest to feature weekly mini challenges where players can unlock exclusive seasonal skins, but some players are wondering if they’ll ever be available again.

The Halloween Terror event in Overwatch is in full swing at the time of writing, with the second of the event’s three weekly challenges currently underway.

Like in Summer Games 2019, each week players can earn an exclusive skin by winning nine games, but some players are wondering if they’ll have another chance to get the skins in the future.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe time to unlock Junkrat’s “Inferno” skin has already passed.
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Will weekly challenge skins ever return?

Overwatch has two different types of limited edition skins, those available during events like Summer Games and Halloween Terror, as well as standalone challenges like D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge.

The standalone challenge skins probably won’t ever make a return, using Nano Cola D.Va for an example: the event started in August of 2018 (over a year ago) and there’s been no news that the unique skin from the event will ever be available.

This makes sense for Blizzard, who use the mini-challenges as a way to incentivize players to log on and get into matches so they don’t miss their chance at the skin.

Blizzard EntertainmentIf you didn’t grab Nano Cola D.Va, Brick Bastion or any of the other mini-challenge skins, you may be out of luck.

But, there could be hope for players who missed out on Inferno Junkrat, or any of the Summer Games skins from earlier in the year.

Since the event mini challenges were new to Summer Games 2019, we don’t know how or if they’ll be included in the event for 2020.

The “exclusive” event skins could come back to be available for purchase in future events – so if you missed Inferno Junkrat, there’s at least a sliver of hope he’ll be available again in the future.

Blizzard hasn’t addressed whether or not the weekly event challenge skins will become available in the future – and we might not know until the event rolls around again.

Blizzard EntertainmentDemon Hunter Sombra is the reward for Halloween Terror’s third weekly challenge.

Demon Hunter Sombra is finally available

The most-requested Sombra skin in Overwatch finally returned for Halloween Terror 2019 as the nine-win prize for the third and final week of the event.

“Demon Hunter” was introduced in 2018 as an in-game reward for BlizzCon ticket and virtual pass holders, but Blizzard did say it would be available to everyone else “eventually”.

As we’ve said multiple times though, there’s no guarantee that Demon Hunter Sombra will be available once Halloween Terror 2019 is over, so grab it while you can.

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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.