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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)

Quotes
Quotation page
Role
Defense
Health
250
Character Video
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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.

Hero Match-ups

Offense Heroes

Icon-mei.png Strong.png VS. Icon-genji.png: Genji falls over Mei's Endothermic Blaster in close-range combat. With her slowing effect over time, his mobility won't work well when it come close to the freezing. Genji can jump around and act evasive while attacking Mei at the same time, but once she catch him up, perform a Swift Strike or climbing a wall to flee. While his Deflect can't reflect her beam, it can be used to reflect her Icicle as well as Blizzard. Be careful when throwing Blizzard over the point nearing enemy's Genji, you are making your team under biggest risk if he reflect your ultimate.

Icon-mei.png Weak2.png VS. Icon-mccree.png: McCree and Mei have similar playstyle. Under Mei's effective freezing range, it is also his flashbang effective as well. If Mei get hit by flashbang following by Fan the Hammer combo, she will be a dead meat as hell. Under many circumstance. In long-range skirmishes, McCree has an upper hand as he can land his Peacekeeper's shots easier than Mei's Icicle, which needs some travel distance. With higher than most average heroes, Mei can ensure some good-shot from McCree especially when he is out of his effective range. McCree's Deadeye vision can get blocked by your Ice Wall, which completely shut-down his ultimate if he doesn't move to other nearby location or accidentally shot the wall. This match-up often comes with McCree's accuracy at both close-range and long-range.

Icon-mei.png Weak2.png VS. Icon-pharah.png: Pharah is a hard counter to Mei. Since she always stay in mid-air, Mei will have a hard time landing her shot with Icicle's projectile. Her Ice Wall isn't good enough to block all vision from Pharah's mid-air vision. If get caught on ground without Jumpjet, Pharah can be a victim to Mei's freezing or Blizzard at close-range, but she still have Concussive Blast to push herself away from Mei. The rocket's damage is deadly to Mei even she has more health than common heroes. Mei can counter Pharah with some predicting on her Icicle; however, the Icicle suffers from long-range damage falloff along with casting delay, she has to stay in her effective range to use it against Pharah.

Icon-mei.png Fair.png VS. Icon-reaper.png: Mei will be in a problem when meet Reaper. Most time she tries to freeze him, he will always perform Wraith Form to flee. His high damage can tear apart Mei at close-range, which give him upper hand. However, Reaper can't engage Mei in longer range. Her Icicle is a threat to Reaper who must try to come closer to stop Mei. Mei's Ice Wall can cause a problem to Reaper if he is trying to flee or move closer to your team. Also, Wraith Form is only his reliable escape mechanic, but not enough to flee from her chase especially when use Ice Wall to make a dead-end. Without Wraith Form, Reaper is an easy target although he stills has enough firepower to fight back. The match-up is decided by who land a shot better than other, between Mei's beam or Reaper's shotguns.

Icon-mei.png Fair.png VS. Icon-Soldier76.png: Solider: 76 has a range advantage when engaging Mei. With his bullet can land to an enemy better than Mei's, he will win over her when stay outside from close-range. However, when engaging in closer range, he has nothing to counter Mei's freezing effect. His Sprint is nullified by Mei's freezing effect. He would die immediately when he get frozen and follow by her Icicle even if he put down the Biotic Field, it only delay his death sentence. Watch out for her Ice Wall when activate Tactical Visor, as it can block his tracking shot when it is well placed.

Icon-mei.png Weak2.png VS. Icon-sombra.png: Sombra is a counter to her survival abilities since she can hack you and make you unable to use any skill. She can easily escape any harm by using Thermopic Camo or Translocator, these 2 skills make someone who is without a mobility ability like Mei finds its challenging to chase Sombra down. However, Sombra's low damage per shot will have a hard time to kill Mei at close range. In order to counter Mei, Sombra must gather more teammates to kill her while under the Hack's effect.

Icon-mei.png Weak2.png VS. Icon-tracer.png: Tracer is one of a counter to Mei. Since Tracer has more abilities to flee from Mei's freezing effect, she will have an upper hand against her. Your Endothermic Blaster needs to deal some consistent attack to freeze Tracer, which she can react with Blink to avoid being frozen. Tracer's Recall is a good ability to disengage or reengage Mei when it is about to freeze and no Blink available. Mei's Ice Wall works less on Tracer, as she can keep Blinking away from your teammates and stay in a safety place while waiting to flank your teammate from behind. Anyway, Tracer has the lowest health of all heroes in the game, making her a prime target of Mei's Icicle. Although it is hard to land Icicle on her due to small hitbox, Tracer can't receive more than 2 shots in your effective range. No matter it is just lucky or predicting, One-headshot Icicle will put her on ground instantly, making her softer counter than other heroes. Be wary of timing Cyro-Freeze, you are making yourself to get Pulse Bomb as you are immobile under the effect and slow reaction after it wears off.

Defense Heroes

Icon-mei.png Fair.png VS. Icon-bastion.png: While her Ice Wall can block Bastion's vision, Bastion can easily destroy her Ice Wall with massive DPS. In Sentry mode, Bastion can't move or perform other action, she can use its disadvantage to engage him with Icicle. DO NOT engage Bastion in open area even if you have Cyro-Freeze, she doesn't have any mobility to flee other than using Ice Wall to temporally block its vision.

Icon-mei.png Weak2.png VS. Icon-hanzo.png: Hanzo always stay in higher ground and further range give him more advantage to fire Mei from a safe position. Fully charged arrow is lethal to Mei when it deals a critical. Although Mei's Ice Wall can block his attack, he can climb over it and fire an arrow to you again eventually. In close-range, Hanzo is struggle to deal with Mei due to lacking of escape ability or self-healing like Mei.

Icon-mei.png Weak2.png VS. Icon-Junkrat.png: Junkrat's weapon is deadly to Mei since she has no evasive ability or an ability to move to higher ground. Her Ice Wall can block his bomb, but he can easily destroy it or flooding bombs in another direction (Such as over the wall). 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. Mei has more chance when engage Junkrat in close-range combat, but his weapon can make a short work to kill her before he getting freeze, or throwing Concussion Mine to flee from her. Mei should deal with Junkrat in long-range since he has the limited in attacking anything in long-range.

Icon-mei.png Fair.png VS. Icon-mei.png: Cyro-Freeze plays a large role when engaging Mei in close-range. Which Cyro-Freeze can purify freezing effect from enemy's Mei, it is decided by who get freeze or using Cyro-Freeze. After Cyro-Freeze ends, she can be easily killed by another Mei if her Ice Wall is on cooldown. In long range, the head shot from Icicle is deadly to another Mei. Act evasive while shooting Icicle to the enemy, but if it is in enemy's favor, use Ice Wall to block vision and flee.

Icon-mei.png Fair.png VS. Icon-torbjorn.png: Torbjörn's turret is blocked by Mei's Ice Wall. Which this condition, she and her team can safely move forward without worrying of his turret although it is just temporary. Mei can shoot an icicle to destroy the turret, thank to her Icicle's high damage. Everything seems to be easy, however, Torbjörn's weapon can't be underestimated. If Mei can't freeze him in time, his shotgun fire will tear apart and force her to use Cyro-Freeze. With most time armored, Torbjörn will mostly survive a freezing/icicle combo from Mei.

Icon-mei.png Weak2.png VS. Icon-widowmaker.png: As Widowmaker usually remains well out of the range of Mei's Endothermic Blaster, Widowmaker can pick off Mei in relative safety. However, her Ice Wall can annoy Widowmaker due to she can't climb over it like Hanzo, it will force her to wait or moving to another safely spot. Widowmaker will fall over Mei at close-range combat due to lacking of mobility ability other than Grappling Hook.

Tank Heroes

Icon-mei.png Strong.png VS. Icon-dva.png: D.Va's Defense Matrix can't block her Blaster, which leave her the best victim to Mei. While she has the highest health in the game which make her stand longer when fighting Mei, she has nothing to counter Mei's freezing effect. Her large hitbox will be her own threat for Mei to landing a critical. That's so, D.Va will usually flee from Mei if she can't kill her in time before frozen. Her Self-Destruct is completely blocked by Ice Wall, leaving Mei's team remain fairly survive. Her Cyro-Freeze can also be used to avoid Self-Destruct, or use it as a tool to escape from dying. Watch out for her Defense Matrix, as it can erase Mei's Blizzard when throwing in front of D.Va.

Icon-mei.png Fair.png VS. Icon-reinhardt.png: Reinhardt's high health makes him be able to survive headshots from her Icicles. Both heroes will have a hard time to kill each other due to both survival abilities. Mei can't attack him through a barrier, but still be able to throw Blizzard behind his barrier which make him and his team vulnerable. Splitting him from his team with Ice Wall is also an option to kill him outright. So be ready to use Ice Wall to split him and keep Cyro-Freeze to defend yourself from his Charge. With team, Mei shall win by weaken Reinhardt with freezing around him. Note that her Ice Wall can block Reinhardt's ultimate as he smash the wall.

Icon-mei.png Fair.png VS. Icon-Roadhog.png: Roadhog and Mei's match-up always come with nether of them die. While Roadhog has very high health, his weapon mightn't be able to kill a 250-health hero like Mei when poorly shot. Mei can use Cyro-Freeze to heal herself and flee by Ice Wall after survive a shot. In the other hand, to make Mei killing Roadhog is also challenging. He can survive her 3 headshots and heal it back up immediately. Mei can use Ice Wall to protect her team from getting hook.

Icon-mei.png Strong.png VS. Icon-winston.png: Winston's Tesla Cannon deals low damage to Mei since she has higher-average health. He can chase her, but is hard to kill her by himself thanks to her survival abilities. With his size, it is easy to land her beam to him. When the fight comes in Mei's favor, Winston will mostly escape from the situation before it getting worse. His Barrier Projector can't block her Blizzard as the same way of Reinhardt. Note that Winston can be deadly at environment elimination once using ultimate, since Mei doesn't has a mobility tool to escape from environment kill.

Icon-mei.png Fair.png VS. Icon-zarya.png: 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. Mei can frustrate and weaken Zarya when her Barrier is on cooldown. With freezing effect, she can slow her for Mei's team to kill without a chance to retreat.

Support Heroes

Icon-mei.png Fair.png VS. Icon-ana.png: Ana usually stay out of her effective range. She can use her range advantage to shoot Mei from safety position. Her Biotic Grenade is a threat to Mei's Cyro-Freeze since she can't purify the debuff under her ability. You can fight Ana in your effective range, with some predicting while Ana is scoping, you can shoot on her relative easy. If you can use Ice Wall to block Nano-Boosted hero from the enemy team, you will waste more than half of the ultimate duration. Other than that, Ice Wall can split the enemy team from Ana's attempt to healing, making them easy targets. If you can sneak up in close-range, without Sleep Dart, Ana will easily fall to the combo.

Icon-mei.png Strong.png VS. Icon-Lucio.png: Lúcio can keep Mei away from his team and himself with Soundwave. Other than that, Lúcio mightn't be able to kill Mei with his weapon other than push her to environment kill. Lúcio's speed is negated by her freezing effect, making him a prime target to slow down to kill. His Amp It Up can sometimes help his teammate survive from Mei's combo or boosting speed to retreat her freezing. Although his Sound Barrier will make you and your team survive most attacks, using it over Blizzard is just delaying a death due to they can't move after frozen almost the same duration of Sound Barrier.

Icon-mei.png Strong.png VS. Icon-mercy.png: Mercy is one of the primary target for Mei to kill when caught lonely. She is practically defenseless against Mei. That's so, Mercy will keep her Guardian Angel to flee from Mei before she getting freeze. When Guarding Angel is on cooldown, her movement can be slowed down with Mei's freezing effect. Not being offense heroes, Mei doesn't have a mobility tool to easily flank Mercy or getting close. The best way for Mei to kill Mercy is to ambush her, especially before she has a chance to use Resurrect. Keep in mind that the healing from Mercy's Caduceus Staff will outheal her ally from Mei's combo, so targeting Mercy should be the better option. Don't chase Mercy when she has someone to track with Guardian Angel, the flying speed from Guardian Angel can't be negated from your freezing effect.

Icon-mei.png Fair.png VS. Icon-symmetra.png: Symmetra's Photon Projector locks onto Mei automatically which she can use this as her advantage to fight her in close range (Mei's beam needed to be focus fire). Her Sentry Turret is deadly due to her beam slow movement before it hit all turrets. Symmetra stills fall to Mei in close-range if Mei can land her beam good enough before your weapon kill her. In long range, her Energy Ball is completely blocked by Ice Wall, this make one another unable to attack each other. With Shield Generator, Symmetra and her team will survive Mei's frozen combo.

Icon-mei.png Fair.png VS. Icon-zenyatta.png: Zenyatta can't be underestimated even he has no mobility. His Orb of Discord can make a problem if Mei can't freeze him and killing in time. Both heroes have long range projectiles, but Mei's disadvantage is her damage falloff. Fighting Zenyatta in long range will come to Zenyatta favor most of time with his incredible fire power. Trancendence will protect his team from Mei's Blizzard with overwhelming healing.

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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