Extremely frustrating playing against Mei, whether it's in a teamfight or solo. Heck, trying McCree, a supposedly high CQC damage hero fails because most of the time the Mei can freeze me then headshot me to death with her alt fire.

Is there a true counter to Mei? Because it seems like every match I play against Mei is a struggle because of her freeze and her godlike defensive powers.

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    Presupposing of course that heroes have counters of course?
    – Unionhawk
    May 4, 2016 at 7:40
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    Sep 26, 2016 at 14:24

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What makes Mei threatening is her one-two combo. Once she locks you down with her primary fire, she can use her alternate to finish you off. However, her primary fire requires some time to immobilize and she can only target one enemy at a time. This leaves her weak to grouped assaults, burst damage, and hit-and-run attacks.

Ignoring coordinated assaults as they might be difficult for pub groups to pull off, Mei's short range leaves her weak to mid-range and long-range heroes such as S:76, Widowmaker, Hanzo, and Pharah. Provided they keep out of range, that is.

Heroes with high burst damage like Roadhog's hook+scrap+melee combo or McCree's alternate fire can also deal with Mei though this is a riskier proposition as they have to get in close range and not landing their burst leaves them open to be frozen and icicle'd.

Somewhat counterintuitively, heroes with high mobility such as Tracer and Genji also have an advantage against Mei, though this is very dependent on tactics. While Mei can lock down these squishy speedsters, she needs 2 seconds of consistent damage to do so. Therefore, she excels at prolonged encounters and Tracer/Genji need to realize this.

Don't expect to kill Mei in the first encounter. She has 250 health and most likely her Ice Block. Instead, whittle her down with guerilla tactics, making sure to use your high mobility to dip out of combat every now and then to avoid her freeze. If you have your ultimate, bait out Mei's Ice Block. While she can exit her Ice Block at any time, most Mei players will choose to spend the full duration to recover as much health as possible. Either count the duration (4s) or listen for the audio cue and use your ultimate right as she comes out of Ice Block. Tracer's ultimate will one-shot her and Genji needs 3 strikes (although in practice, it's usually 2), which he should be able to accomplish in 2s.

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    Not sure about other players, but I tend to drop out of ice block early then toss an ice wall between myself and the enemy
    – Powerlord
    May 6, 2016 at 2:35
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    @Powerlord I try to do that too, unless I enter IB on critical health. -Yuuki, In order to secure a clean kill on Mei with Roadhog, you need to drop an alt fire blast into her before your hook/primary fire/melee combo, else she'll be left on enough health to let Ice Block cast the instant the stun wears off.
    – KizTrap
    Oct 3, 2016 at 15:34

Killing her from a distance.

Mei can only freeze at close range and it takes several seconds to do so. That is, unless she uses her Ultimate to do it (which is in a circle from where the item lands).

Mei also doesn't have the DPS to kill a Tank by herself.

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    I'd add also that for the given example of McCree, you can stun her with his grenade and then use his alternate fire to unload damage very quickly. Mei is countered by not engaging her in a traditional close range battle
    – two bugs
    May 4, 2016 at 12:21
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    I disagree that she doesn't have the dps to deal with a tank herself. It just depends on how she's played. I've taken out a D. Va and a Reinhardt by myself, so it's definitely possible.
    – Niro
    May 4, 2016 at 12:24

Mei strength comes from her ability to freeze one of her opponents. To do so, she has to use her freezing ray a few second on an enemy at a relatively close distance.

If you analyze my first two sentences you can guess what are Mei's weaknesses:

freeze ONE of her opponents

By grouping with your allies, it won't be easy for Mei to freeze you and shoot an icicle through your skull. Moreover, if she is alone against your team and use ice block, you should get plenty of time to decide to flee of finish her!

use her freezing ray A FEW SECONDS

Mei doesn't have the biggest dps of all the Overwatch characters, as I said earlier, she rely on her crowd control more than on her damages. This means that if you out damage her in two seconds, you win. Roadhogg is a good choice, but while playing this guy you are more likely to play close to your team mates, meaning a good Mei should not be here (Mei is probably killing your lone mates).

My favorite character to kill Mei (and my favorite character overall) is Reaper. Once you get close to someone you can deal a ton of damages really fast. If you are really good, you can kill her in two shots (she probably won't have time to use her ice block). Moreover, if things turn bad, you can still use your Shift ability to flee, remove the slow effect of Mei's gun and reset the freezing process.

a relatively CLOSE distance

If Mei can't freeze you she will have an hard time to kill you. Stay far away from her and use your mobility to flee/chase her. A good Widowmaker/Hanzo can snipe her or flee easily by climbing walls.

Finally, don't forget that taking your opponents by surprise, knowing your enemies, knowing your character and knowing maps will help you to be a better player.

  • Grouping up is no longer a counter to Mei, since the freeze ray can now pass through enemies
    – cowlinator
    May 17, 2019 at 19:01

Long range characters only counter Mei if she's out in the open often. A good Mei player will stick to alleyways and buildings, where she has the advantage.

Mei is strong against heroes who break off on their own, but weak against groups. So the best advice to counter Mei is "stay with the group".


As far as 1 vs 1 fights go, Reaper and the new Junkrat (with 2 mines) are easy counters. Their burst damage takes her down before any freezing can occur. As Mei, I've almost never won against either unless they were distracted or just rather unskilled.

  • As Mei, I will win or force a disengage against an enemy Reaper more than half the time, especially if I can confine him with a good wall. The stats aren't as good against Junkrat, but they're still slightly in my favour. The only people I'm really afraid of in a close range 1 vs. 1 is McCree and another Mei.
    – MBraedley
    May 17, 2019 at 12:27
  • Yeah, I've had more success against reaper lately. A good wall placement is very important.
    – cowlinator
    May 17, 2019 at 18:57

Widow is pretty good because.. she can one shot mei if charged properly, and D-Va for some reason doesn't take much damage from freeze, BUT she still does slow and stop from it.

  • The most useful part of this is that Widow can one-shot her. Using a long-range character is already referenced in the other answers, but I don't see any mention of one-shotting. Can you elaborate on "if charged properly" to make it less of a comment and more of an answer?
    – DCShannon
    May 12, 2016 at 4:01
  • do you mean charged100%, or with other buffs?
    – user106385
    May 12, 2016 at 4:05

The only counter i have found 1 vs 1 is reaper. two shots can take her down before she has a time to react.

In a group fight, she has no counter. she will survive to the end, ice block to heal then ice wall to get away and join the next time fight.


I think Tracer is a good counter too. But i dont know if "Slipstream" reseats the "Freezecounter" (so mei have to start again with freezing)

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