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Mei Build Guide “A-Mei-Zing!”

Last updated on Jun 24, 2020 at 23:00 by Elitesparkle 2 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Mei, a Tank in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.


Mei's Overview

Mei is a Tank who relies on various types of crowd control to mess up the enemy plans and some peculiar forms of self-sustain to survive longer during team fights. You can play her either aggressively or defensively, based on what your team needs in that given game and moment.


Mei's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses

Mei's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Cryo-Freeze Build

Level 1 Heat Transfer Icon Ice Storm Icon ?
Level 4 Crystallize Icon
Level 7 Skating Away Icon Induce Hibernation Icon ?
Level 10 Avalanche Icon Ice Wall Icon ?
Level 13 Cooling Servos Icon
Level 16 Black Ice Icon
Level 20 Flash Freeze Icon The Big One Icon ? Shatter Icon ?

Mei's Cryo-Freeze Build is designed to drastically increase her survivability. In particular, Crystallize Icon Crystallize at Level 4 makes it harder for the enemy team to break the Shield provided by Cryo-Freeze Icon Cryo-Freeze and Cooling Servos Icon Cooling Servos at Level 13 gives her an escape by reducing the cooldown of Icing Icon Icing and other Basic Abilities.

Icing Build

Level 1 Ice Storm Icon
Level 4 Cold Front Icon
Level 7 Skating Away Icon
Level 10 Ice Wall Icon Avalanche Icon ?
Level 13 Polar Vortex Icon
Level 16 Black Ice Icon
Level 20 Shatter Icon The Big One Icon ? Flash Freeze Icon ?

Mei's Icing Build is designed to increase her mobility with the cooldown reduction on Icing Icon Icing coming from Cold Front Icon Cold Front at Level 4, a Talent that also has the potential to double the value of Skating Away Icon Skating Away at Level 7 and Black Ice Icon Black Ice at Level 16.


Mei's Synergies and Counters

V Mei synergizes with

Mei performs better with Heroes that can follow-up her engage with crowd control (such as Scroll Of Sealing Icon Scroll Of Sealing by Deckard Cain) and/or burst damage (for example Jaina).

The high Slow uptime is good for Heroes who get increased damage from it (such as Greymane with Executioner Icon Executioner at Level 16).

X Mei is countered by

Mei suffers while facing Heroes who have access to any kind of mobility because she will have a hard time trying to engage and her peeling tools will not accomplish anything (for example Tracer).

Roots (such as Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots by Malfurion) and Knockbacks (like Face Melt Icon Face Melt by E.T.C.) can stop her while trying to engage with Icing Icon Icing.

While she does not gets completely shut down by them, Mei also does not like effects that reduce healing (for example Biotic Grenade Icon Biotic Grenade by Ana), deal percent-damage (such as Cursed Bullet Icon Cursed Bullet at Level 10 by Greymane), or deal bonus damage to Shields (like EMP Grenade Icon EMP Grenade at Level 13 by Lt. Morales). The same is true for Heroes who can poke her team from a long distance (such as Li-Ming).


Mei's Maps

Mei's stronger maps
Alterac Pass Battlefield of Eternity Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Infernal Shrines Towers of Doom
Mei's average maps
Hanamura Temple Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Volskaya Foundry
Mei's weaker maps
Blackheart's Bay Warhead Junction

Mei is good on Maps that have narrow passages and corridors where she can get more value from her Abilities (for example Cursed Hollow). While not her best, she does fine in open space too (Hanamura Temple comes to mind). She does not offer anything on Maps where the macro is important.


Mei's Tips and Tricks

  • The moderate Slow provided by Snow Blind Icon Snow Blind can be used to slightly increase the chance that Icing Icon Icing will hit enemy Heroes from a good angle.
  • The high but decaying Slow provided by Icing Icon Icing must be used to drastically increase the chance that Stun at the end of Blizzard Icon Blizzard will trigger.
  • Avalanche Icon Avalanche can split the enemy team by pushing some enemy Heroes away, even behind unpassable terrain.
  • After you aggressively get behind an enemy Hero by using Icing Icon Icing, you can push them towards your team with Avalanche Icon Avalanche.
  • If you catch 3 enemy Heroes with Avalanche Icon Avalanche, you can follow the snowball with Icing Icon Icing to be in range for casting Blizzard Icon Blizzard as a follow-up to the prolonged Stun.
  • Ice Wall Icon Ice Wall can be used to split the enemy team by putting in Time Stop some Heroes and fighting the others.
  • A well-timed Blizzard Icon Blizzard will always Stun enemy Heroes affected by Ice Wall Icon Ice Wall.

Mei's Role in the Current Meta

Mei is a Tank that excels at punishing enemy Heroes who lack mobility to play around her Slows.

She has access to powerful Heroic Abilities that, when having a Mage in team, can be used to make scary combos. That said, Avalanche Icon Avalanche and Ice Wall Icon Ice Wall are already strong on their own, both for engaging and for peeling. With a bit of creativity, you can make powerful tricks with them.



  • 24 Jun. 2020 (talents page): Guide updated.
  • 24 Jun. 2020 (abilities page): Guide updated.
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