Everyone’s favorite ice-slinging doctor, Mei, is the latest character from Overwatch to make her way over to Blizzard’s MOBA, Heroes of the Storm. The brilliant doctor is probably best known for putting a freeze on the enemy’s push, and she’ll bring plenty of crowd control to Heroes of the Storm as well. Right now, Mei is only playable on the PTR until the week of June 22.
Ice, ice, baby
Mei is a climatologist, which in the world of Overwatch means she comes equipped with cryogenic weapons. Of course, she’s bringing those weapons with her to Heroes of the Storm as well. Check out her abilities below:
- Mei encases herself in ice, gaining a rapidly decaying Shield that absorbs up to 1104 damage. While active, this Shield grants Unstoppable and restores up to 35% maximum Health.
- Snow Blind [Q]
- Throw a snowball that hits all enemies in an area. Enemies hit take 70 damage, are Slowed by 35%, and are Blinded for 1.5 seconds.
- Blizzard [W]
- Command Snowball to create a blizzard at the target location for 2 seconds. Enemies within the blizzard take 13 damage every .25 seconds and are Slowed by 7%, stacking up to 35%. When the blizzard ends, enemies within its area take an additional 75 damage and are stunned for 1.25 seconds.
- Icing [E]
- Slide quickly in the targeted direction. When this effect ends, enemies near Mei are knocked back, take 52 damage, and are Slowed by 80%, rapidly decaying over 1.5 seconds.
- Avalanche [R1]
- After .5 seconds, roll a massive snowball that consumes enemy Heroes in its path. At the end of its path, the snowball crumbles, releasing the consumed Heroes, dealing 220 damage and stunning them for .5 per Hero consumed.
- Ice Wall [R2]
- After a .75 second delay, create an impassible wall that traps enemy Heroes hit for 2.5 seconds. When the wall expires, trapped Heroes are slowed by 75% decaying over 3 seconds.
From the sound of it, Mei is going to be a crowd control machine. With the exception of her defensive trait, each of her abilities slows, blinds, or stuns enemy heroes. Her skills ought to pair well with other heroes who can take advantage of slowed enemies, such as those with access to the Executioner trait.
It’s cold outside
Befitting the arrival of its newest hero, climate phenomena are also coming to Heroes of the Storm. Each battleground now has a specific weather event that will occur. Rainstorms, snow flurries, and foggy mists will periodically appear on the battlefield. Rainstorms buff heroes with lightning strikes, snow flurries provide heroes with a small shield, and foggy mists allow heroes to stealth after standing in shrubs for a moment.
For more information, check out Heroes of the Storm‘s latest patch notes.
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