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The character banners for 2.4 in Genshin seem to be aligning the stars for one specific style of play that dominates the metagame: freeze teams. Freeze teams utilize some of the strongest characters in the game. It builds a playstyle that renders most enemies completely helpless.

Some of those best characters are either available to wish for now or will be available very soon. Their banners are even particularly well ordered, making this one of the best opportunities to build an amazing team.

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Currently available now is Shenhe, a cryo support unit that increases the damage of any on-field cryo DPS unit, as well as provides excellent cryo uptime with her burst in a massive radius. Combined with said cryo DPS, and a dedicated hydro character to spray water everywhere like a hose; Shenhe keeps your enemies locked down in a cold field of ice for a long while. 

Immediately following Shenhe in the next banner is Ganyu’s highly anticipated re-run event.

Ganyu is one of the two top cryo DPS units referred to above. Between her and Shenhe, might be all the cryo you need to put your enemies on ice, permanently.

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The fact that Ganyu does such high cryo damage, and is being re-released in such close proximity to Shenhe, means that a conscientious spender or a diligent Primogem saver could have half of their freeze team ready to go in a matter of weeks. 

That’s not all, though, as the Inazuma character re-runs are poised to begin somewhere around version 2.5.

This means that major players in the municipal water department (read: Kokomi) and the other queen of frost (that’s Ayaka) may be returning very soon as well.

Kokomi is an expert at water dispensary, with the added bonus of being an amazing healer to boot. Adding her to your freeze team potentially soon after Ganyu (or while waiting for Ayaka) gives you one of the last pieces of the frozen puzzle. Since, without water, all you have is a dry refrigerator that can’t make ice cubes.

With these parts in place (and your anemo swirler of choice), a good freeze team will use a strong rotation of Shenhe’s burst and skill, Kokomi’s burst, Ganyu’s burst, and strong charge shots from Ganyu (or a burst from Ayaka) to inflict massive damage on opponents who are frozen in place. Ganyu and Ayaka benefit the most from utilizing the Blizzard Strayer artifact set; which capitalizes on the damage done to frozen enemies.

Ocean-Hued Clam Set

The new Ocean-Hued Clam set seems tailor-made for Kokomi for extra passive damage in an area, though others may opt for using the Tenacity of the Millelith set on her, too. By keeping Kokomi’s hydro applying burst up, combined with two characters using huge cryo AoE bursts, your enemies will be permanent popsicles before they know what hit them.

An opportunity to build such a strong team in a perfectly planned banner order rarely comes along this conveniently. Consider building freeze, before you’re left out in the cold.

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