Valorant

Video shows striking similarities of Valorant and Overwatch abilities

Published: 13/Apr/2020 19:01

by Michael Gwilliam

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Valorant’s closed beta has been dominating Twitch viewership since it began, and with people getting their hands on Riot Games’ FPS, some stark comparisons to abilities in Overwatch have been made.

A new video by GameV showcases all the abilities of Valorant Agents that look similar to some heroes in Overwatch.

The side-by-side comparison begins with Sova and Hanzo – two archers who have recon arrow abilities and Ultimates that go through walls.

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Sova and Hanzo have similar kits.

While Hanzo’s Dragon Strike summons a literal dragon rips through enemies, Sova’s Ultimate is a bit more tactical and requires some precision despite Hunter’s Fury getting three shots.

Another good side-by-side is with Sage and Mei. Both have wall and freeze abilities. Sage’s Wall lasts a lot longer than Mei’s and takes more time to destroy. Meanwhile, Mei’s Blizzard doesn’t freeze teammates or herself while Sage’s Slow Orb does.

The next two similar characters come from Omen and Reaper as both Teleport and Shadowstep look nearly identical, animation and all.

Finally, both Sage and Mercy have a Resurrection ability, who in Sage’s case, it’s her Ultimate. This one is similar, but it’s a mechanic that is so basic it’s hard to consider it a copy of any sort.

Interestingly, the video doesn’t compare Raze and Junkrat. While their Ultimates are different, both characters scream “fire in the hole” when activating them.

Sadly, not all of GameV’s comparisons work so well. For instance, Tracer’s Blinks and Jett’s Tailwind. This one is a bit of a stretch, as Blinks come online far more often.

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Both walls can be used for vertical mobility.

The same can be said for Phoenix’s Hot Hands and Soldier 76’s Biotic Field. Soldier’s ability heals himself and teammates while Phoenix only heals himself and does damage to foes.

This said, there is quite a lot of overlap between games. With more Agents still to come, one has to wonder if they will have even more similarities to Overwatch heroes.

Overwatch

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.