Mei's Yeti Hunt made its debut in Overwatch as a Winter Wonderland event exclusive Arcade game mode. The game mode was first introduced by Overwatch Game Director, Jeff Kaplan in the latest Developer Update video and it is now available to play starting today until Winter Wonderland ends on January 1, 2018. Since Mei's Yeti Hunt is new, many players still got no clue on how to win the game. So, here are some tips that might help you win some games and earn the weekly Arcade loot boxes as well as unlocking achievements.
Mei's Yeti Hunt is a 5v1 PVP game mode set in Nepal Village, where five players will enter the game as Mei, the Yeti Hunter, where they will have to reduce the Yeti's health from 500 to 0 to win the game. The remaining player will be playing as the Yeti, which is Winston. The Yeti has to survive and kill off enemy Meis five times to secure a victory.
Playing as Mei
Mei has the same amount of health and damage as in normal games. All of her skills are similar as well, except for her ultimate. Her ultimate in Mei's Yeti Hunt is changed to Yeti's Trap, which is identical to Junkrat's Steel Trap. She also has a new passive skill called Teamwork where the Yeti will be revealed once it receives damage from Mei.
Ice Wall is your best friend the entire game, doesn't matter if you are hunting or being hunted by the Yeti. While chasing the Yeti, Ice Wall can help you block its escape route or preventing it from acquiring meat. Work together with other Meis to surround the Yeti and deal as much damage to it as possible. Ice wall can also be used to block the Yeti from chasing you if you are low on health and Cryo-Freeze is on cooldown. The most important thing to know about the Ice Wall is the placement, a perfectly placed Ice Wall can make a lot of difference.
Mei's Cryo-Freeze in this game mode heals faster than usual. Using Cryo-Freeze at the right time is so important as there are no health packs for you to replenish your hitpoints, and the entire team only have five lives until the game ends with the victory going to the Yeti. As for the Yeti Traps, it is placed preferably on top of the meat spawning spot as the Yeti is constantly looking for meats when it is not in Primal Rage form. Be careful to not place it in obvious locations as the Yeti can destroy it, just like Junkrat's Steel Trap.
Playing as Yeti aka Winston
All of Winstons skills are the same as the normal games. But his base stats are increased tremendously to fend off five Meis, which is a scary sight to see. His health is increased to 5000 and his damage so much higher than usual. Instead of charging his ultimate with damage, Winston has to leap around the map to search for meat. Once four pieces of meats are collected, he will automatically activate Primal Rage and this is your opportunity to hunt down Meis as it only requires two hits to kill a full health Yeti Hunter. once five Yeti Hunters are killed, you win the game.
Try not to take on five Meis at once as they can chain-freeze you and place traps all around you to keep you in place. Only take them on when you have Primal Rage.
The Yeti is kinda overpowered
If you have played Mei's Yeti Hunt as both the Yeti and Yeti Hunter, you will notice that it can be very hard to hunt down the Yeti. The damage dealt by Yeti is insane and five lives for the Yeti Hunters is rather low. I have played an equal amount of games as both Yeti and Yeti Hunter. I did not lose a single game as Yeti but I only manage to win only two games as Mei. Even the Overwatch community are complaining about it in the Overwatch Forum. We don't know if Blizzard is going to do anything about it, but let us all just enjoy the game this festive season. Happy hunting and happy holidays!