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xQc explains why he thinks “Overwatch is dead” on Twitch

Published: 13/Dec/2018 11:47 Updated: 13/Dec/2018 11:59

by Calum Patterson

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Popular Twitch streamer and former pro player Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel took a break from streaming Overwatch after his latest account suspension, and has now explained that the game is “dead” on Twitch.

When playing Overwatch, xQc was often the most popular channel in the game’s category on Twitch, regularly bringing in over 10,000 concurrent viewers.

However, he was as popular for his personality as he was his gameplay, and so after his Overwatch account suspension on November 16, he said he was “done” with the game.

Since then, xQc has become what is often referred to as a ‘variety’ streamer, playing various games and doing different activities on stream, with the viewers more interested for the streamer individually, rather than a specific game.

However, along with xQc, a number of the other most popular Overwatch streamers have been playing and broadcasting the game less, as he points out.

While discussing the popularity of ‘casual CS:GO’, xQc said “Overwatch is also dead, you’re not wrong”, saying that many streamers had lost interest: “Normally, at this time of day you’d have Dafran online, you’d have Seagull online”, showing the game at 20th on the overall Twitch categories.

According to Twitch statistics site Sullygnome, Overwatch has seen an overall viewership decline in the last 30 days, although it is not that extreme.

However, it is certainly far behind many of the most popular games on Twitch, with of course battle royale title Fortnite leading the pack.

The return of the Overwatch League for the 2019 season should help boost overall interest and certainly the average Twitch viewership though, so despite xQc’s pessimism, there is still lots to look forward to for Overwatch fans.

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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.