Mei

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Mei
Mei-portrait.png
"Our world is worth fighting for."

Real Name
Mei-Ling Zhou (周美玲)
Age
31
Nationality
ChinaChinese
Occupation
Climatologist, Adventurer
Base
Xi’an, China (formerly)
Affiliation
Overwatch (formerly)
Voice
Elise Zhang (English)

Adeline Chetail (French)
Katia Sorrentino (Italian)
Lynn (Japanese)
Erika Menezes (Brazilian Portuguese)
Joana Ruvalcaba (American Spanish)
Laura Barriga (European Spanish)

Quotes
Quotation page
Role
Defense
Health
250
Character Video
See This Hero On OverPwn

Mei is a Defense hero in Overwatch.

Summary

Mei’s weather-altering devices slow opponents and protect locations. Her Endothermic Blaster unleashes damaging icicles and frost streams, and she can Cryo-Freeze herself to guard against counterattacks, or obstruct the opposing team's movements with an Ice Wall.

Abilities

Endothermic Blaster

Weapon (Primary Fire)

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-mei1.png

Type
Beam
Damage
45 per second
2.25 per round
Projectile speed
20 meters per second
Maximum range
10 meters
Ammo
200
Ammo usage
20 rounds per second
Reload time
1.5 seconds
Duration
1.5 seconds freezing
Headshot


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

The target is stunned after taking 32 hits

Details

  • No. of hits taken to freeze an enemy is not affected by damage increases such as from Mercy's Damage Boost.


Icicle

Weapon (Secondary Fire)

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-mei1.png

Type
Linear projectile
Damage
22 - 75
Falloff range
26 to 55 meters
Projectile speed
88.88 meters per second
Rate of fire
1 shot per second including charge time
Ammo
200
Ammo usage
25 per shot
Reload time
1.5 seconds
Casting time
0.4 seconds
Headshot


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

Details

  • It is the only projectile weapon in the game that is a subject to damage falloff.


Cryo-Freeze

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-mei2.png

Healing
37.5 per second
150 over full duration
Duration
Up to 4 seconds


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

The cooldown starts only after the effect wears off. The ability can be cancelled prematurely.

Details



Ice Wall

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-mei3.png

Health
500 per pillar
5 pillars
Maximum range
35 meters
Area of effect
3x8 meters area
Duration
4.5 seconds
Cooldown
10 seconds


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

Details



Blizzard

Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-mei4.png

Type
Arcing projectile
(initial cast)
Area-of-effect field (line of sight)
(ability start)
Damage
97
Area of effect
10 meters radius
Casting time
1.5 seconds minimum
Duration
5 seconds
Headshot
Charge required
1450 points


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.

Details

  • The projectile pierces barriers.
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Strategy

Mei's Ice Wall ability can be used in a variety of helpful ways.

  • Mei can use the Ice Wall to block off enemies from leaving spawn at the beginning of the game, giving some extra time to hold them away from objectives. It can also be used to split the enemy team in half, ideally allowing your team to fight two consecutive 6v3 fights, rather than engage in a 6v6.
  • Ice Wall can be used to block in enemies for team fights, and is useful for singling out healers.
  • A well placed Ice Wall can be used to disable individual ultimate abilities, such as Reinhardt's Earth Shatter, which will not contact the ground when Reinhardt is on top of the Ice Wall.
  • Ice Walls in the middle of combat cause considerable confusion for the enemy.
  • Walls are made of 5 pillars of ice in a straight line. Each pillar acts as any regular wall would. They last 4.5 seconds, but each pillar may be destroyed prematurely if they take 500 damage. The wall can also be cancelled by the caster.
  • Be aggressive, you can be in the "tank line", since you have your Ice block and Ice wall, if you want to survive. She does a good job pushing the Payload, use your Ice wall to break line of sight with the defenders.
  • Go for the healers in a big fight, you are the best candidate to slow and kill Lúcio.
  • She is one of the best counters against Genji, you can help your team a lot, if you prioritize him.

Mei's ice crystal projectile is a viable long range weapon, and can be used in combination with Ice Wall to disable or distract snipers.
Cryo-Freeze can be used to disable abilities that lock the player into position, or kill the player, such as Reinhardt's Charge, or Hanzo's Dragonstrike.
If you are surrounded, a Cryo-Freeze and a well-placed Ice Wall can get the you out of many sticky situations. Placing an ice wall beneath yourself can allow you to gain distance against an enemy and jump away before they can move from behind the wall.

Good counters to Mei

  • Icon-tracer.png Tracer: The best counter against Mei, since you have 4 (3xBlink, 1xRecall) chances to get away from her. Keep your distance, Blink when you are hit by the Endothermic Blaster (freeze). If she can't slow you down, she can't do anything, hitting Tracer with Icicles is pretty challenging.
  • Icon-Junkrat.png Junkrat: While immobile in Cryo-Freeze, Junkrat is capable of placing his Concussion Mine and/or a Steel Trap right next to her, allowing for easy damage or immobilization.
  • Icon-mccree.png McCree: Using his flashbang, McCree can stop Mei before she freezes him.
  • Icon-pharah.png Pharah: She's nearly impossible to hit with Endothermic Blaster or Blizzard while in the air.
  • Icon-widowmaker.png Widowmaker: As she usually remains well out of the range of Mei's Endothermic Blaster, Widowmaker can pick off Mei in relative safety.
  • Icon-zarya.pngZarya: The Particle Barrier completely blocks the freezing effect and damage of Mei's Endothermic blaster while still increasing Zarya's damage output. A fully charged Zarya can chase Mei down and kill her very quickly, especially if Mei is alone, as the cooldown for Particle Barrier is shorter than Cryo-Freeze. Mei should use an Ice Wall to keep Zarya at a distance while retreating or waiting for backup to arrive. Zarya shouldn't use her Barrier immediately, instead letting Mei slow her down a bit, then using Barrier to remove/reset the slow effect.
  • Icon-reaper.png Reaper: If Reaper can sneak up on Mei, his damage is high enough to kill her before she can freeze him.
  • Icon-mei.png Mei: Sometimes, the best chance to kill Mei is with another Mei. The best Mei will win.
  • Anyone: No matter who is countering Mei, the most important thing to focus on is making sure she goes down after Cryo-Freeze.

Story

Icon-mei.png
"Our World Is Worth Fighting For."

Mei is a scientist who has taken the fight to preserve the environment into her own hands.[1] She specializes in the study of abnormal climate phenomena and their effects on different ecosystems around the world. She strongly believes in preserving the world for future generations.[2]

Background

A little bit about me: my name is Mei (yes, that Mei!), and I specialize in abnormal climate phenomena and their effects on different ecosystems around the world. I know that sounds really boring, but I'll do my best to make it entertaining!
~ Mei in her journal

Though many blamed the planet's escalating, unexplained climate phenomena on the advent of new technologies, the rapidly growing omnic population, and drastically increased consumption of resources, the true cause remained unknown. To find a solution, Overwatch established a series of eco-Watchpoints at remote, critical locations worldwide.

Mei-Ling Zhou was a member of this multi-year initiative. A peerless climatologist, she had introduced cutting-edge innovations in the field of climate manipulation that protected at-risk areas in Asia and beyond. She was assigned to the program's monitoring station at Watchpoint: Antarctica when disaster struck: a sudden, catastrophic polar storm battered the installation and cut it off from the outside world, leaving the facility damaged and the scientists stranded. As their supplies dwindled, they entered cryostasis in a last-ditch effort to survive until a rescue attempt could be made.

But that rescue never came. It was years later when the team's cryogenics chamber was finally discovered. Mei, still in hibernation, was the only survivor.[1] Physically, she hadn't aged a day,[3] but the world Mei awoke to had gone through considerable changes: Overwatch was no more, the serious climate issues had worsened, and none of the eco-watchpoints were in operation. Any clues that they had uncovered were lost.

Mei decided to continue her work on her own. Equipped with a portable version of her climate-manipulation technology, she traveled around the world, hoping to re-establish the eco-network and track down the causes of the threats to the planet's ecosystem.[1]

Recent Activities

Note: The following events aren't necessarily in chronological order.

The Arctic

At some point Mei rescued a nest of endangered arctic wildlife from a collapsing glacier using her technology. Her deeds were reported on by Olympia Shaw.[4]

Mei's Adventures

So I'm starting this journal. Honestly, I'm not sure who's going to want to read this. It was the idea of my colleague, Winston. He thinks that people will find my "unique" perspective interesting. (We'll see if he's right!) At the very least, it'll help me pass the time, and believe me, when you're huddled in a shelter and it's -20° C outside (brrrr!), you have a lot of time to kill. (And 雪球 isn't the greatest conversationalist.)
~ Mei's first journal entry

At some point after this, Mei got in touch with Winston,[2] who had issued a recall order for Overwatch agents.[5] He gave her a journal, telling her that people would find her "unique" perspective interesting. She made her first journal entry and made it available to the public while in the Yukon near Mount Logan, while testing her new gear. She concluded that it was in working order (a step up from a few days ago, when she'd accidentally frozen her arm), and began studying the local wildlife. Six days later, she decided to head to Asia, to investigate the abandoned Overwatch stations there. Before doing so, she took a break by flying into Los Angeles to see Six-Gun Killer. Two days after that, she was in Asia, investigating a mountain ecosystem[2] (possibly the Himalayas).[6]

Achievements

Name Icon Description Reward
Ice Blocked
Ability-mei3.png Block 1200 damage with a single use of Mei's Ice Wall in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Mei Pixel.png
Pixel
Cold Snap
Ability-mei4.png Freeze 4 enemies at once with Mei in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Mei Cute.png
Cute

Cosmetics

See Mei/Cosmetics

Trivia

  • Mei's placeholder name during development was Frostbite.[7]
  • Early concepts for Mei were revised as they were too close to Zarya.[8]
  • The name Mei translates to "beautiful" in Chinese, her native language.
  • One of her sprays reveals her drone's name to be Snowball.
  • Mei's biological age, 31, does not include her time spent in cryostasis.[9] Her chronological age is roughly 40.[10]
  • In Heroes of the Storm, an image of Mei appears on the shoulderpad of Rexxar when using his Raider skin.

Videos

Official

Curse

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mei, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-11-07
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2015-11-02, Mei's Adventures. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2016-06-09
  3. Overwatch, Mei Quotes
  4. 2015-05-27, Overwatch is Back: Uncertainty and Hope After UN Confirms Vigilante Activity. Blizzard Entertainment., accessed on 2016-5-27
  5. Recall
  6. 2016-10-25, Lijiang Tower. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-10-26
  7. Overwatch: How A Hero is Mei'd
  8. 2015-11-07, Overwatch: What’s New | Summary. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-11-10
  9. 2016-11-11, "Mei's age on the website (31) is her apparent/biological age, not chronological. It does not include the amount of time she spent in cryostasis." Michael Chu, Overwatch Forums.
  10. 2016-11-07, "Running out of options and low on supplies, the team decided to cryogenically freeze themselves until the storm passed. They believed that it would only be for a few months, but Mei awoke nearly a decade later." Play Overwatch.

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