After two weeks of removing characters from the selectable pools, people in the community - from fans to analysts, and players alike - eagerly waited for one specific hero to be out of rotation, finally getting rewarded when Mei's name popped up on the OWL stream.
The hero turned out to be a cat named Nori owned by Soe Gschwind, a member of OWL's broadcast team.
Unable to use the usual container from the past selections, Soe placed the tickets on the floor and made a selection based on which one his cat touched.
Despite the unorthodox method, the bans were generally well-received, mainly of course, since it finally excluded Mei from professional Overwatch, if only for a week.
The moment professional Overwatch fans rejoiced most since the GOATs era. A cat made it happen. pic.twitter.com/cJ9xWZNuFC— Wolf Schröder (@proxywolf) March 30, 2020
There's a multitude of reasons regarding Mei's general hate, ranging from her being a boring character to play and spectate to his overpowered kit already being part of the standard meta, before the inclusion of hero bans.
For Week 9 alongside Mei, Wrecking Ball, Brigitte, and yet again, McCree are the heroes out of the rotation.