Contrary to the popular opinion, Heroes of the Strom is not dead yet. While the game updates became a bit rarer these days, the developers over at Blizzard are still finding time to release some new experiences. The latest update brought a new in-game event called Nexomania II and a new hero which will be familiar to every Overwatch fan – Mei.

Nexomania II will be a summer event for HotS and should be available from June 23rd until September 7th. It will offer up some in-game missions and cool new rewards coming from Nexomania II Loot Chests.

As for Mei, she’s a fairly straight forward hero. Those who played Overwatch will find Mei abilities very familiar. Here’s how Blizzard describes her:

New Hero: Mei, A Climatologist

A brilliant mind with a sunny disposition, Dr. Mei-Ling Zhou joined Overwatch to help solve the world’s growing climate problems. Armed with a host of weather-altering technologies, Mei now fights to protect her friends and secure a future for a troubled world.


Cryo-Freeze [D] – Mei encases herself in ice, gaining a rapidly decaying Shield that absorbs up to 1104 damage. While active, this Shield grants Unstoppable and restores up to 35% maximum Health.

Basic Abilities

Snow Blind [Q] – Throw a snowball that hits all enemies in an area. Enemies hit take 70 damage, are Slowed by 35%, and are Blinded for 1.5 seconds.

Blizzard [W] – Command Snowball to create a blizzard at the target location for 2 seconds. Enemies within the blizzard take 13 damage every .25 seconds and are Slowed by 7%, stacking up to 35%. When the blizzard ends, enemies within its area take an additional 75 damage and are stunned for 1.25 seconds.

Icing [E] – Slide quickly in the targeted direction. When this effect ends, enemies near Mei are knocked back, take 52 damage, and are Slowed by 80%, rapidly decaying over 1.5 seconds.

Heroic Abilities

Avalanche [R1] – After .5 seconds, roll a massive snowball that consumes enemy Heroes in its path. At the end of its path, the snowball crumbles, releasing the consumed Heroes, dealing 220 damage and stunning them for .5 per Hero consumed.

Ice Wall [R2] – After a .75 second delay, create an impassible wall that traps enemy Heroes hit for 2.5 seconds. When the wall expires, trapped Heroes are slowed by 75% decaying over 3 seconds.

All of this is currently in the PTR (Player Testing Realm), so everything is still subject to change… In any case, there are quite a lot of things coming with this patch, so if you’re interested, be sure to check its notes on the official page. Overall, it looks like that Heroes of the Storm will see at least some of its players returning to try out some of the new stuff.