Mei-Ling Zhou is a DPS (Damage Per Second) hero in Overwatch 2, a scientist with weather-altering devices, and has joined Winston to help Overwatch 2 face different threats worldwide. She was once a climatologist in Ecopoint: Antarctica fighting for the environment. Mei was sent there to monitor the climate there. Unfortunately, due to a storm, she and her team were forced to go into cryostasis, which lasted longer than intended.
Mei awoke from her cryosleep nine years later and was the only survivor in their damaged station in Antarctica, and the Overwatch she knew was no more. Snowball, her companion, assists her in inventing new climate-manipulation technology to help fix the environment and seeks to join the new Overwatch.
A cold gun shoots concentrated, short-ranged streams of frost that can damage and slow enemies. In Overwatch 2, the weapon is used to shoot short-range bursts of cold toward her enemies, damaging and slowing them by 50%.
Mei’s Endothermic Blaster also has a secondary fire mode that shoots icicles rather than the usual frost-like projectiles. This fire mode can shoot at a greater distance and deal more damage. The drawback to this weapon is that it takes ten ammo per shot from a 150-round magazine.
An ability that can help Mei survive attacks. When activating it, she will encase herself in ice which makes her invulnerable, while healing her health by 50 HP (Health Points) per second and removing her debuffs.
- Tip 1: Always Know When to Cancel Your Cryo
- You will gain HP will you are in cryo, but you can always gain it back from team AoE healing so you can focus on poke time and maximum damage.
- When no enemies are peaking, you can stay in Cryo to regain g HP and ult charge.
- Tip 2: Cryo Only When You Need To
- Since this has a defensive cooldown, try to use it when you are in a tough spot instead of using it to heal yourself.
- Tip 3: Cryo in Duels to Dodge CC or Cleanse Status Effects.
- You can avoid flashes like McCree’s flashbang or an enemy Mei’s freeze.
Summon an ice wall made up of five pillars that are 20 meters high that can hold off enemies and protect Mei and her team from harm.
- Tip 1: Time Your Wall
- Walling randomly without purpose makes your wall useless as it can make or break a team clash or your 1v1s.
- Tip 2: Prevent Enemy Damage or Healing
- Block lines of sight from the enemy, especially the enemy DPS, which can already make a big difference in your game.
- Tip 3: Buying Time
- Use your wall when the opposing time initiates a power play, using their ultimates against your team. A wall, even imperfect, can buy time as they would need to get around it. A wall like this should give you enough time to gain distance, and your team can answer back with their ultimate.
- Tip 4: Push and Pull
- Punish enemies that overextend. Isolate them or use your wall to get a better position.
- Tip 5: Rotations or Positioning
- Wall off areas to make it easier to rotate.
- Any less mobile heroes who cannot reach higher places can be boosted to the upper areas of the map.
- Tip 6: Cancel Walls
- This late wall tip is pretty simple, cancel your wall when it no longer has value to ensure you can get another charge for your wall to use at the ready.
Mei’s Ultimate Ability, also known as Blizzard, is an AoE attack that can damage, slow, and even freeze her enemies. It summons a weather control drone that will affect an area, and all enemy players within that radius will lose their moment speed and take damage. Any players stuck inside the Blizzard will be frozen completely and unable to move. Blizzard is strong enough to shut down enemy teams, force them to rotate, move to a different objective, or become a popsicle.
- Tip 1: Using Blizzard on 1 or 2 Enemies is Good Enough
- Freezing two enemies and aggressively pushing can significantly impact a team fight, putting the clash in your favor.
- Tip 2: Defence or Reactive Blizzard to Relieve Pressure
- Mei’s ultimate is used to shut down teams and force them out; it is just a matter of timing that can make a difference. When you and your team are pinned down, simply use Blizzard to freeze or scare them away.
Mei Overwatch 2 Playstyle
After receiving some nerfs in Overwatch 2, she will still feel and play the same way that would be familiar to returning players. She cannot freeze enemies with her primary fire, but the slow has increased to compensate for it. With a more prominent magazine, she can stay in the fight much longer than she used to. If used correctly, her skills can be the destroyer of 1v1 battles, thanks to her slow abilities, wall enemies off, or even isolate them.
When the chips are down, she can heal up with her ability without taking any damage and hop back in when she is ready. Her Mei’s survivability is pretty high, and she has a matching DPS to make her enemies feel sorry for going up against her. Her Blizzard, however, players would not want to bite off more than they can chew; engaging too many foes at once may overwhelm you, and the Blizzard would just be pushed through.