OW Hero: Mei

Mei

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Real Name: Mei-Ling Zhou
Age: 31
Occupation: Climatologist, Adventurer
Base of Operations: Xi'An, China (Formerly)
Affiliation: Overwatch (Formerly)
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clearandsweet (3) | November 23, 2015 4:38pm
Zarya's shield blocks Mei's freeze ray and resets the chill status. And she can cast it on allies. Also, Zarya has 200 shield, which will regen if Mei uses Iceblock.

Lastly a charged Zarya will left click Mei down faster than Mei left clicks her down.
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trixster | November 24, 2015 9:00am
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trixster | November 24, 2015 8:56am
(might be double post) Mei will beat all but the best Zarya because her auto attack is easy to hit with at point blank range and Zarya is best at long/mid range. The only way Zarya wins a 1 v 1 with Mei is by Shield, grenadge and butt strikes.
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trixster | November 24, 2015 8:52am
also right click grenade does decent damage leading in for Zarya. the upside on Mei though is that her left attack is a lot easier to hit with. If you move in close which is where she is strong and strafe it is very hard to keep Zarya's beam on her. I'm pretty sure I'd own any but the best Zarya who would win by shield, grenade and butt striking.
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Unoski | April 7, 2017 10:18pm
1v1 matchup, it can be anybody's game. Zarya will win if Mei is not smart with her damage (trying to freeze Zarya with her barrier up) and builds up her charge, but if Mei doesn't damage Zarya's barrier and uses that time to heal up or wall up, the game will go to her.

However, in a team game, your barrier serves to get your teammates away from Mei or to at least have a fighting chance. Overall, Zarya is best with a team playing against the enemy with a Mei, but bad with a 1v1 matchup.
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DucksRock (2) | August 21, 2016 10:59am
i mean, Zarya can just deflect the effects of Mei's ultimate with her barriers, and can prevent freezes.
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Masaki_Kenshi | August 17, 2016 8:45am
Mei really is no problem to be honest you dont have to be that good with her just have to time things right in a 1vs1 zarya can beat or escape mei, zaryas grenades have a decent amount of push back so if your about to be frozen reload and put shield and then back away from mei then throw maybe one or two grenades down to force mei back in which case most of the time mei will back off and regroup on the other hand if she decides to chase you should have enough charge that your beam or even grendades will do the damage needed to take her out


Though admittedly without a shield ready for the fight zarya will most likely go down ......
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Zilby (3) | August 17, 2016 10:53am
I've seen it go both ways. Both of them are fairly good at getting away from the other, but I have to say I've seen more meis win. I think that's less to do with Zarya being the worse one in the matchup tho and more to do with there Mei being easier to play than Zarya
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Taigon | August 8, 2016 10:03pm
Zarya absolotly shuts mei down because of those barriers. 1 v 1 Zarya can just win. if a mei freezes her though, mei wins. But Zarya is a hard counter to mei hands down.
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bread_can_be_a_napkin | June 8, 2016 9:47am
IMO Zarya has the advantage.

In a short range right, Mei will freeze beam and Zarya will energy beam. A fully charged Zarya will easily kill Mei. But if Zarya isn't charged, she should wait to pop her shield until just before she is fully frozen. Shield will reset her 'frozen' level, give a shield boost, and help get more charge. That extra time is usually enough to kill Mei.

Mei can ice wall, but Zarya also has 200 shields, which will partially recharge during the ice wall.

Zarya is also great at helping teammates against Mei. Her teammate sheild can un-freeze a frozen teammate. And if a Mei ult is thrown, Zarya can easily protect herself and 1 teammate from being frozen.
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trixster | November 24, 2015 8:59am
Mei will win a fight with all but the best Zarya up close. Zarya's auto attack is all but useless in close range where Mei has a fairly wide cone. If you are matched up against Mei 1v1 grenade, Shield and do melee attacks.
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