Hero of the Week: Mei

Hey guys!

Welcome back to Wooly Plays for another Hero of the Week post! This week’s hero is…

Mei-Ling Zhou

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“Our world is worth fighting for.”

Age: 31 (biological), approximately 40 (chronological)

Nationality: Chinese

Occupation: Climatologist, Adventurer

Base: Xi’an, China (formerly)

Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly)

Mei is a climatologist who studies abnormal climate phenomena and their effects on ecosystems around the world. She was a member of Overwatch’s ecopoint initiative, which was created to find a solution to the planet’s escalating and unexplained climate changes. Mei was assigned to Ecopoint: Antarctica when disaster struck.

An extremely powerful polar storm struck the ecopoint and cut the scientists off from the outside world. With the facility damaged, supplies dwindling, and little hope for survival, the scientists entered cryostasis in an effort to survive until rescue came. Unfortunately, that rescue attempt never came. Years passed before the team’s cryogenic chamber was discovered.

Mei was the only survivor, and any clues that she and her team had uncovered were lost.

She decided to continue her work on her own, and she travels around the world in hopes of restoring the eco-network and tracking down the causes of the threats to the planet’s ecosystems.


Mei

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“You were asking for it.”

Role: Defense

HP: 250

Endothermic Blaster

Mei M1
Mei’s blaster unleashes a concentrated, short-range stream of frost that damages, slows, and ultimately freezes enemies in place.

Type: Beam

Damage: 45 per second / 2.25 per round

Maximum Range: 10 meters

Ammo: 200

Ammo Usage: 20 rounds per second

Duration: 1.5 seconds freezing

Icicle

Mei M2
Mei can also use her blaster to shoot icicle-like projectiles at medium range.

Type: Linear Projectile

Damage: 22-75

Falloff Range: 26 to 55 meters

Projectile Speed: 88.88 meters per second

Rate of Fire: 1.2 shots per second (including charge time)

Ammo: 200

Ammo Usage: 25 per shot

Cryo-Freeze

Mei LShift
Mei instantly surrounds herself with a block of thick ice. She heals and ignores damage while encased, but cannot move or use abilities.

Healing: 37.5 per second / 150 over full duration

Duration: Up to 4 seconds (able to cancel)

Cooldown: 12 seconds

Ice Wall

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Mei generates an enormous ice wall that obstructs lines of sight, stops movement, and blocks attacks.

Health: 2,500 (5 pillars with 500HP each)

Maximum Range: 35 meters

Area of Effect: 3×8 meter area

Duration: Up to 4.5 seconds (able to cancel)

Cooldown: 10 seconds

Ultimate: Blizzard

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Mei deploys a weather-modification drone that emits gusts of wind and snow in a wide area. Enemies caught in the blizzard are slowed and take damage; those who linger too long are frozen solid.

Type: Arcing projectile (initial cast), Area-Of-Effect Field (line of sight)

Damage: 97

Area of Effect: 10 meter radius

Casting Time: 1.5 seconds minimum

Duration: 5 seconds


What’s Wooly’s Opinion?

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“Cold as ice!”

My Current Play Time With Mei: 12 hours

I feel like much of the Overwatch community will agree when I say that Mei is a menace. Unfortunately, she is also extremely fun to play. I’ve been playing her a little more recently, and I’ve been delighting in the horror of other players as I freeze them solid, stare them blankly in the eyes, and shoot an icicle straight into their face. I especially enjoy putting walls behind people who are backing up, so they have nowhere to go and have to face the cold embrace of death. It’s horrific.

But dammit I love it.

Tips and Tricks

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“Ice wall, coming up!”

Using Mei

Use the Ice Wall for Movement

While using Mei’s ice wall for impeding the enemy team can work well, you can also use it to give yourself a height advantage over the enemy team! They won’t expect a blizzard (and murder) to come down from above them.

Lead Your Icicle Shots

This goes for any projectile-based hero: lead your shots! Mei’s gun has a bit of downtime in between when you press the button and when your icicle actually ejects from the gun, so try to take that into consideration while shooting with your M2 or whichever button it is on console. I like to try to flick-shot, and most of the time it works!

Fighting Mei

Keep Her at a Distance

When I play Mercy, I try my best to stay out of her 10 meter radius so that I won’t fall victim to her endothermic blaster. If you do find yourself in that radius, kill her or get away quickly. Freezing you only gives her allies time to kill you, but she doesn’t need them. She will look at you with her unfeeling eyes and gun you down. With ice.

It’s not a good time.

Strafe, Don’t Jump

Jumping often makes you vulnerable, and Mei’s attacks are no exception! Instead, strafe left or right. The Mei will have to try and decide when and where you’ll be when her shot gets to you, and that leaves room for error (and hopefully less terror for you)


Mei checking out!

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Art by Nesskain on DeviantArt. Find his profile here!

Thank you SO so much for reading! As usual, comment below with any tips and tricks you think I may have missed, or even if you disagree with some of mine! I’m always happy to hear opinions!

~ Wooly

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