We don’t know about you, but sometimes you really just don’t want to play against a Mei in Overwatch 2. With the ability to utilise an Endothermic Blaster to slow and damage enemies, to create a ten-foot ice wall that blocks pathways and sightlines, and to surround herself with invulnerable ice in order to self-heal, she’s something of a trouble-maker for players looking to push payloads and capture points. Of course, Mei isn’t always unkillable; a solid selection of counter-picks and well-timed abilities will make short work of her walls. But, what if there was a simpler way to tackle her? Well, the Overwatch 2 development team has teased fans with the prospect of an anti-Mei ability in the form of an updated Cassidy Flashbang.
Taking to Twitter via the official Overwatch 2 social media profile, the development team “couldn’t help but test” a Magnetic Grenade rework for Cassidy where the grenade itself will – and we quote – “find Mei anywhere on the map and immediately eliminate her”.
Now, we know what some of you might be thinking – and we certainly agree that it’s hard not to find this a little hilarious. However, it’s certainly something that isn’t going to be implemented in the next set of Overwatch 2 patch notes.
While that is a bit of a shame, it’s still a sight to behold. So, if you want to see a rough test of what an anti-Mei Magnetic Grenade looks like, you can check it out below:
A player suggested we rework Cassidy’s Magnetic Grenade to find Mei anywhere on the map and immediately eliminate her 💀
Obviously, we won’t be implementing this suggestion… but we couldn’t help but test it out to see what it looks like 😭 pic.twitter.com/uxLtvHYt1I
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) February 24, 2023
Interestingly, this doesn’t look like it was the only element of the hilarious suggestion for this rework. Interestingly, Overwatch commercial leader Jon Spector has shared the original suggestion with the world – which actually originated from an Overwatch 2 meme group on Facebook – and it reveals that the original idea would also completely uninstall the game for the Mei player.
That might be a step or two too far, but there is some merit when it comes to introducing a more aggressive homing mechanic to Cassidy’s Magnetic Grenade; although, it would really need to be a little weaker and not insta-kill the target. In Mei’s case, at least, she would be able to use Cryo-Freeze to protect herself – provided there’s some audiovisual cue that a Magnetic Grenade is flying at you.
So, while we’re pretty convinced that Rainbow Six Siege should adopt this useful Overwatch 2 feature, we’re not quite as sure an anti-Mei Magnetic Grenade is the best way to deal with the climatologist in-game. However, after finding out that Overwatch 2 and Cyberpunk 2077 might be set at the same time, we’re not wholly against it.