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

Real Name
Mei-Ling Zhou (周美灵)
Age
31 (biological)[1]
approx. 40 (chronological)[2]
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)
Elise Zhang (Mandarin(China))
Lin Mei-hsiu (Mandarin(Taiwan))

Quotes
Quotation page
Role
Defense
Health
250
Character Video

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
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.

Details

  • The target is frozen after taking 30 hits, a number not affected by damage buffs.


Icicle

Weapon (Secondary Fire)

Icon Stats Official Description
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
1.2 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


Cryo-Freeze

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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.

Details

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


Ice Wall

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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
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 is a strong fighter who excels in 1-on-1 fight. Her freezing effect from Endothermic Blaster will let her win over most heroes. Icicle deals heavy damage when use correctly, making her a threat in both short to long ranges. Ice Wall can be used to trap or distract the enemy, as it can completely block the enemy's vision or split some of the enemies. Cyro-Freeze creates a thick ice around herself, restoring health while invulnerable during the effect; allowing her to play like semi-tank. Blizzard is one of the best playmaking ultimate, be able to turn the tide of table when use correctly. Not being a true tank, Mei still be outdamaged and killed easily. Her primary fire deals little damage and needs to do a consistent firing to freeze the target. Meanwhile, the Icicle has a quick damage falloff even it is a projectile, making her less effective at long range. Due to lacking of killing power and mobility, to play her well is some challenging.

Weapons & Abilities

  • Endothermic Blaster: Mei's primary weapon. The primary fire, when held down, launch a beam that will deal continuous damage on the enemy. Effected target will gradually move slower until frozen for 1.5 seconds after taking 30 shots within 1-second debuff. The secondary fire will launch an icicle-projectile in linear line, consuming more ammo than primary fire but deals heavy damage. She has to cast for slightly moment before launch an icicle.
    • Both of her firing modes can make a combo to their own. Freezing the target with primary fire at close-range, then launch an Icicle to the frozen enemy's head; confirming most kill on agile heroes
    • The primary fire deals little damage per second compares to other channeled weapon. Stick using Icicle-projectile is a better option to deal some damage.
    • The primary fire of Mei's weapon has travel time, meaning that she has to lead the shot to the moving enemy.
    • The first hit will create an initial slowing effect on the enemy, which is useful to slow a mobile hero.
    • Icicle-projectile is the only projectile that suffers from damage falloff against medium to long ranges; along with casting delay, she has to predict the enemy's movement more seriously than other projectile-heroes.
  • Cyro-Freeze: Mei's personal defensive ability. She will create a thick ice around herself which gives her invulnerable, but immobile for 4 seconds. She will nullify most debuff gained from the enemies and slowly recover her health by 150 over duration, and the thick ice will disappear after the end of duration. Mei can manually cancel this ability early.
    • Cooldown triggers after the Cyro-Freeze ends.
    • Mei acts as an obstacle during Cyro-Freeze, which can prevent some abilities to go through her to affect her allies; such as Reinhardt's Earth Shatter, Roadhog's Hook or D.Va's Self-Destruct.
    • Instead of going for full duration, sometimes activates to avoid some heavy damage just for a brief period is a great idea. For example, activates Cyro-Freeze to avoid D.Va's Self-Destruct lethal damage and then melt the ice early after it explodes. This is useful when she has full health and wish to continue the fight for her team.
    • Combines with Ice Wall, she can survive in most situations when timing well.
  • Ice Wall: When activated, Mei will create a wall of five ice pillars to the targeted location. She can adjust her wall line to be in both vertical and horizon lines on the ground. The wall will be generated upon pressing the normal attack, becoming an obstructed object which can block all line of sights; allies and enemies alike. Ice Wall can be ended for various ways; Mei melts it herself, hitting the payload, duration expires or destroyed by the enemies.
    • Use Ice Wall with care, the downside is that it completely blocks all visions to both her allies and enemies. Sometimes it can block and trap the enemies, or even her allies.
    • Each pillar has its own health, some hero can go through the destroyed pillar as their model is small. Some hero like Reinhardt or D.Va can't go through only 1-destroyed pillar due to their large model.
    • Getting stunned effect during the activation time will prevent Mei from melting her Ice Wall.
  • Blizzard (Ultimate): Mei's Ultimate ability. Mei deploys her drone onto the targeted point. The drone will travel toward the point with slow speed and have some arcing-like projectile. After the drone is on the surface ground, it will unleash the frostbite and wind in a wide area. The storm will deal some damage and slow the enemy's movement speed. If the enemy lingers on the area for 2.5 seconds, they will become frozen solid for very long duration.
    • As a projectile, Blizzard can be well-countered by D.Va's Defense Matrix and Genji's Deflect.
    • It can go through an enemy's Barrier, one can throw the ultimate in their defending zone without worrying about being blocked.
    • While the Blizzard has very large area, it doesn't go through an environment object. It stills goes through the enemy's obstruct ability like Mei's Ice Wall.
    • The storm surprisingly has the vertical height effect. Some hero like Pharah can't normally use Hover to escape from the effect in vertical height.

General strategies

  • Mei is a great fighter in 1-on-1 match-up. Her Endothermic Blaster can freeze the enemy and finish it with Icicle-projectile. She can block the enemy's attempt to escape by placing Ice Wall to block the escape route. However, she is less effective in a large team fight due to her low killing power even though her Icicle is still powerful, but it has slow fire-rate when compare to other DPS-heroes. Try to focus on a single target in team fight such as non-mobile hero or support-hero, so her team will have an upper hand by reduce an enemy from the battlefield.
  • 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.
  • Has more extra predicting when using Icicle, the casting delay can annoy the aiming as it isn't instantly launch like other projectiles. Sometimes you have to launch an attack in advance before the target get behind a cover.
  • Mei's Icicle projectile is a viable long range weapon, and can be used in combination with Ice Wall to disable or distract snipers. Keep in mind that Icicle is the only projectile that suffers from damage falloff in long range, fighting with some ranged-heroes won't be in her favor.
  • Mei's Ice Wall is her key ability. It can be dangerous to the enemy team when used correctly. It's most effective when she communicates with her teammates before setting up her Ice Wall, as it can backfire to her team when used in the wrong time and place.
  • 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 6 versus 3 fights, rather than engage in a 6 versus 6.
  • 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.
  • Since Ice Wall's cooldown triggers after placed the Ice Wall, Mei can place Ice Wall to block all attacks from the enemy and then timing to use Cyro-Freeze to defend herself. After Cyro-Freeze expires, she can instantly use Ice Wall to block all visions again unless the enemies are ready to gang her down
  • Be ready to melt your Ice Wall once it makes more disadvantage back to your team.
  • 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.
  • In case of Mei is going to die and only has Cyro-Freeze available, don't use it. She only delays the enemy for some seconds, but since is guarantee her death, restoring health is much like giving the enemy free ultimate charge.
  • Blizzard is the powerful ultimate that can freeze the enemy in very large area. However, it needs 2.5 seconds to successfully freeze the enemy; which they can easily escape from the area especially when they are on an edge of the ultimate. Try to combo with the ultimate from teammates such as Zarya's Graviton Surge or Reinhardt's Earth Shatter, so she can guarantee a success frozen more easily.

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[3] Physically, she hadn't aged a day,[5] 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.[3]

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.[6]

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,[4] who had issued a recall order for Overwatch agents.[7] 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[4] (possibly the Himalayas).[8]

Holiday Season

White Christmas! Massive winter storm hits England!
~ Mei, in a television interview with Atlas News

During the winter holiday season, Mei reported on a massive snowstorm that was hitting London on Atlas News.[9]

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.[10]
  • Early concepts for Mei were revised as they were too close to Zarya.[11]
  • 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.[1] Her chronological age is roughly 40.[2]
  • 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 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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Mei, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-11-07
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 2015-11-02, Mei's Adventures. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2016-06-09
  5. Overwatch, Mei Quotes
  6. 2015-05-27, Overwatch is Back: Uncertainty and Hope After UN Confirms Vigilante Activity. Blizzard Entertainment., accessed on 2016-5-27
  7. Recall
  8. 2016-10-25, Lijiang Tower. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-10-26
  9. Tracer: Reflections
  10. Overwatch: How A Hero is Mei'd
  11. 2015-11-07, Overwatch: What’s New | Summary. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-11-10

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