Mei is one of the BEST DPS characters in Overwatch 2. Her kit gives her the freedom to play an aggressive role or stay behind one of the Best Tanks in the game. Mei’s abilities, furthermore, allow you to play as a Support and help out your team. You can use her to block paths, so you should learn the Maps to get the most out of your ability. Mei may be locked when you first start the game, so you might have to unlock your characters first.
- Author’s Note: I’ve clocked in over 55 hours in Overwatch 2, so you can rely on my expertise without hesitation.
Who Is Mei In Overwatch 2
Endothermic Blaster Alt Fire
The Snow Queen returns to Overwatch, and she is as cool as ever. Mei is a damage-class character who focuses on slowly freezing and eliminating the enemy. You can stop enemy pushes and finally catch the agile heroes that keep bouncing around your screen. Soon you will be the one running circles around the enemy team.
Mei’s AbilitiesMei uses the cold for a tactical advantage over her enemies. She uses ice and a weather modification machine to manipulate the battlefield in her favor. She can build barriers or go into cryo-freeze while her health and ammo regenerate. Her frosty primary attack makes her a threat at close range, but she can also deal heavy damage at long range with her alternate fire.
Endothermic Blaster (Primary)
|Damage||Range||Ammo||Rounds per second||Slow||Reload|
|100 per second||10 meters max||150 ammo||20||50 percent||1.5 seconds|
- Mei’s blaster has two fire modes: primary for close range, secondary for long range.
- Her primary attack slows down enemies, making her a strong duelist.
- Overwatch 2 has boosted her DPS, making her a top damage dealer.
- Mei excels at catching and eliminating enemy support heroes.
- She can focus on one target or slow multiple enemies for her team to eliminate.
Endothermic Blaster (Secondary)
|Damage||Headshot damage||Fire Rate||Delay||Ammo cost|
|75 per body shot||150||1 shot per 0.8 seconds||0.4 second charge time|
0.4 recovery time.
|10 per shot|
- Mei’s icicle shot is versatile, effective at any range, and has no damage dropoff.
- Her secondary fire can be used for sniping enemy supports or finishing off low-health foes.
- It has a brief charging time, but be cautious when using melee attacks during this period, as it can waste your ammo.
- If you only have one ammo, you can still use the icicle without losing any damage.
|Heal||Total Heal||Min Duration||Max Duration||Cooldown|
|50 per second||200||0.44 seconds||4 seconds||12 seconds|
- Cryo-Freeze instantly encases Mei in ice, rendering her invulnerable to external forces.
- While in Cryo-Freeze, Mei’s health and ammo regenerate, preparing her for combat upon waking.
- Cryo-Freeze removes any negative effects inflicted by enemies and can be canceled at any time.
- It can be used strategically to bait enemy abilities and catch them off guard.
- Mei can exit Cryo-Freeze to engage enemies who have let their guard down or turned to retreat.
- This ability helps Mei avoid powerful enemy ultimates, making them ineffective.
- The cooldown for Cryo-Freeze starts once Mei exits the ice block.
|Pillar Health||Max Range||Min Duration||Max Duration||Cooldown|
|250||20 meters max||0.5 seconds||5 seconds||12 seconds|
Ice wall divides the terrain to your will and lets you block off pathways. With the Ice wall ability, you can place a wall with five pillars. You can create a wall vertically and horizontally in front of you, letting you block off entrances from any angle. Placing the wall under you allows you to stand on the wall, giving you a unique platform. Mei also has the ability to demolish her wall by pressing the hotkey again. The cooldown starts once the wall is placed, not broken.
|Damage||Min Speed Reduction||Max Speed Reduction||Radius||Freeze Delay||Freeze duration|
|20 per second||50 percent||70 percent||10 meters||2.5 seconds||4 seconds|
Blizzard is Mei’s Ultimate ability and allows her to damage, slow, and freeze enemies, stopping them dead in their tracks. Mei sends out a weather-controlling device that drops the temperature in the surrounding area. Enemies in its radius instantly receive a movement decrease and are eventually frozen if they stand in the affected area for too long. Be careful where you use it because it can be destroyed before it goes into effect.
Mei’s PlaystyleMei is a self-sufficient hero, and she can heal, hold points and stop enemy pushes. You can play Mei as a solo duelist and flank enemies and fight them head-on, or you can use your abilities for your team and play more of a supporting role in the fight. There are a few things you have to know about her playstyle to get the most out of character.
You are a damage class character, so your main objective is eliminating the opponent’s support character. So the most efficient method to accomplish your goal is by the rule of divide and conquer. Force the enemy supports into a 1v1 situation, giving you the upper hand and disabling their healing. Due to her health being more than most support and damage heroes, you are at an advantage in a 1v1 situation.
Block And Trap
Mei uses the Ice wall to block off enemies, stop them from getting points, and escape the enemy. But instead of using it defensively, you can also use it aggressively. Ice walls can trap an enemy character in a room with you and separate them from the rest of the team. You can stop enemies from running away and even use it to dodge attacks by placing it beneath yourself.
Play With Your Team
Even though you are more than capable of playing alone, Overwatch 2 is a team game. Work with your team and communicate with them before placing Walls. If your wall is negatively affecting your allies, destroy it to help them. Cryo-Freeze fixes you in place so enemies can be waiting for you when you get out. Playing with your team will provide you with protection and help you survive.
Cut Your Losses
If you are alone and about to die, do not panic and waste Cryo-Freeze just to die when you get out of it. Enemies gain ultimate points the more damage they do, so you are charging up their ultimate faster due to the extra health you gain. This delays your respawn time to get back into the fight and help your team. So cut your losses and die for the greater good.
Another ability you can cancel at any time, Similar to the Ice wall, is the Cryo-Freeze. You can use the Cryo-Freeze to receive debuffs, cleansing you of any disadvantage you might have in a fight, and instantly get back into the duel. The canceling feature allows you to regain footing without missing a beat in the heat of the moment. Your Cryo-Freeze can bait the enemy into turning their back or reloading, allowing you to can catch them by surprise.
Combos With Other Heroes
Playing with your team in a 5v5 game would be the wisest strategy to execute. Working together towards your common goal of winning is easier to accomplish with friends. So here are the best combos you can use to demolish the enemy team.
- Reinhardt: Freeze and shatter foes behind Reinhardt’s shield.
- D.Va: Combine Mei’s freeze with D.Va’s explosive ult.
- Zarya: Zarya’s ultimate pulls enemies into Mei’s Blizzard.
- Widowmaker: Mei slows enemies, making it easier for Widowmaker to snipe.
- Pharah: Freeze helps Pharah eliminate moving targets and their ultimates synergize.
All Changes To Mei From Overwatch To Overwatch 2
- Primary Attack Nerf: Mei’s freeze effect removed, but her damage significantly increased. Slow effect changed to a flat 50% per bullet.
- Slow Duration Reduced: Slow duration decreased from 1 second to 0.5 seconds to maintain balance.
- Increased Ammo: Mei’s ammo count increased for more consistent damage output.
- Ice Wall Nerf: Pillar health decreased, making it easier to break. Reduced cast range, requiring Mei to be closer to the target.
- Ultimate Cost Increase: Mei’s ultimate cost increased by 15%, making it harder to charge.
My Personal Experience With Mei
Being one of the more Passive DPS in the game, in my hours of playing, I consider Mei as a B-Tier DPS with more focus on controlling the choke points and denying the enemy team access to certain areas of the map.
For instance, on defense, I effectively used Mei’s ice wall to block the chokepoint, diverting the enemy’s path and allowing my team to prepare, ultimately winning the team fight. Playing on the attack, I fell to Genji before using Cryo-Freeze, leaving my team unable to advance, resulting in a lost team fight.
Overall, Mei’s recent buffs have made her a more viable and potent damage dealer while still maintaining her ability to control the battlefield.
After learning all the playstyles, abilities, and combinations, you are ready to use Mei to her full potential. Mei is one of my top picks for the damage role and is a worthy addition to your team. Work as your team’s cold-hearted assassin or as their cool assistant. So give her a try; maybe she is your new main character.
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