Ecopoint: Antarctica

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Ecopoint: Antarctica
Ecopoint Antarctica BlizzCon 2016.png

Modular science station

Ecopoint: Antarctica is an Arena map in Overwatch. It is used for Arena based gamemodes and its Winter Wonderland variant is used for Mei's Snowball Offensive

Background[edit | edit source]

Maintained by Overwatch, the ecopoint served as a monitoring station for the study of Earth's changing climate.

Disaster struck the station when it was hit by a polar storm,[1] damaging the station's solar array.[2] Cut off from the outside world, the scientists were left stranded in the damaged facility. As their supplies dwindled, they entered cryostasis in a last-ditch effort to survive until a rescue attempt could be made.

Rescue came years later, but Dr. Mei-Ling Zhou was the only survivor. By this point, Overwatch was no more, and the eco-watchpoints had ceased to operate.[1] Mei left the base after receiving a recall order from Winston.[3]

Layout[edit | edit source]

The base logo

Like all elimination maps, Ecopoint: Antarctica contains no health packs. Other maps with no health packs include Necropolis, Black Forest and Castillo. The map is modular, with six core habitat modules. These are as follows:

  • Crew Quarters
  • Storage
  • Cryo Lab
  • Engineering
  • Battery
  • Climatology (monitoring station)

The base also featured a helipad and radio tower. The helipad's copter was frozen over because of the storm, and the radio tower damaged as well.[3]

Staff[edit | edit source]

Team Ecopoint Antartica

The base's staff consisted of the following:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The map was revealed during BlizzCon 2016.[4]
  • There is a door in the scientist's private quarters with a note on it saying "Happy Birthday to Mei".
  • A monitor in one of the spawn rooms displays a low power warning and a message that states "additional supply depots required." This is a reference to the terran supply depot structure in StarCraft.
  • During the Winter Wonderland Event, this map changes to Holiday themed variant with Christmas lights and Auroras in the Sky.
  • In September 2019, a snow globe saying "Grey" was added to one of the desks in the base.[5]
  • Mei's lines in Heroes of the Storm indicate that the base is somewhere in Queen Maud Land.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mei, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-11-07
  2. 2016-11-23, Ecopoint: Antarctica Lore. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-25-11
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rise and Shine
  4. 2016-11-04, Opening Ceremony, BlizzCon 2016
  5. 2019-09-20, Overwatch Underwater Hero and Map Teased?. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2019-09-25