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5 best Genshin Impact characters you should be using

Published: 5/Oct/2020 17:09 Updated: 5/Oct/2020 17:12

by James Busby

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MiHoYo’s latest free-to-play title, Genshin Impact, continues to be a huge hit amongst anime and action role-playing fans alike. In order to make your journey through Teyvat as painless as possible, we’ve covered 5 of the best characters you should add to your party. 

Genshin Impact’s Breath of the Wild-inspired world is absolutely brimming with colorful characters, deadly mobs, dangerous dungeons, and monolithic bosses. However, unlike Nintendo’s open-world masterpiece, Genshin Impact’s combat largely revolves around party synergies. In fact, the game’s best players constantly switch between characters in order to combine each unit’s unique abilities. 

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Not only does this mechanic allow for some extremely flashy spell combinations, it also enables you to make short work of Genshin Impact’s most notorious foes. Of course, you’ll need to hope the gacha gods are in your favor as pulling the game’s best characters can prove difficult, especially if you’re aiming to snag yourself elusive ultra-rare five star pulls. 

While you can get through all the current content with just the game’s base characters, you’ll want to add the following units to your party if you wish to maximize your DPS. 

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Fischl

Fischl abilities
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Fischl is an excellent addition to most team comps.

This electrifying archer offers some shockingly good combo setups thanks to her elemental summon, Oz. Fischl’s deadly raven deals consistent Electro damage to nearby enemies for the ability’s duration, effectively doubling your damage output. The great thing about this move is that it stays on the battlefield even when you switch to another character. 

Meanwhile, Fischl’s ultimate sees her take Oz’s form. During the ultimate, she receives increased movement speed and can quickly inflict multiple enemies with lightning. This move is best used in coordination with other character ultimates to unleash devastating AoE elemental effects. 

For example, one of Genshin Impact’s most lethal elemental combos is Superconduct. This elemental blast lowers the target’s defense and is triggered whenever an enemy takes Cryo and Electro damage. Once activated, simply switch out to your strongest physical attacker to quickly mop up the battlefield. Fischl’s high versatility and overall team synergy make her a must pick.

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Venti

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If you manage to pull this five-star character, then you’re in for a treat.

Venti is currently one of the most highly sought after characters in the game due to his superior crowd control capabilities. His Skyward Sonnet deals wind damage and knocks up all foes, giving you plenty of opportunities to reposition or go on the offensive. Meanwhile, Venti’s ultimate (Wind’s Grand Ode) pulls nearby objects and enemies together.

This move is absolutely huge as it not only stops all foes from attacking, it also allows for some incredibly lethal elemental combinations. In fact, you can quickly decimate hordes of enemies in one fell swoop. For example, if the hurricane comes into contact with either Hydro/Pyro/Cryo/Electro elements, it will deal additional damage and spread there effects.

If that wasn’t enough, Venti’s Storm Eye passive regenerates 15 energy to all characters when an elemental combo has occurred, drastically lowering your party’s ultimate cooldowns and increasing your overall damage output. Lastly, the bard’s Skyward Sonnet also speeds up exploration as you can ride the wind’s current to reach higher vantage points. It’s certainly not hard to see why this godly entity remains a staple pick. 

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Diluc

Diluc ability
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Setting your opponents ablaze is all part of the fun when playing as Diluc.

While Amber’s fiery arrows are essential to beating armored units and solving Genshin Impact’s various overworld puzzles, you’ll almost certainly want to switch her out for Diluc when you get the chance. Swinging a blazing claymore around doesn’t just look incredibly cool, it’s also extremely powerful. In fact, Diluc currently has one of the highest DPS rates in the entire game thanks to his excellent Combat Talents.

His Soaring Onslaught ability sees the pyromaniac perform a forward slash that deals heavy fire damage up to three times before going into cooldown. This allows you to quickly set fire to multiple targets and create some early-game elemental combos. However, it’s Diluc’s ultimate that really hits like a truck. 

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Once activated, Diluc releases a fiery inferno that both damages and knocks back all nearby enemies. The surrounding flames converge into Diluc’s claymore, then transform into a Phoenix which explodes when it comes into contact with enemy units. These abilities absolutely melt through both mobs and bosses, especially when you compliment his fiery plays with other elemental combos. 

Qiqi

Qiqi abilities
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Qiqi decimates enemies with her chilling abilities.

Qiqi may look small and unintimidating but this pint-sized tot is capable of unleashing some pretty big damage numbers. Her affinity towards the Cryo element allows Qiqi to freeze her opponents dead in their tracks, giving her team the chance to weave in their hardest hitting moves. Her Herald of Frost ability sees Qiqi summon an icy sprite that follows Qiqi around and deals Cryo damage to surrounding enemies. 

This move also has great healing potential as whenever Qiqi hits an enemy with a normal or charged attack, she heals all party members and nearby allied characters. Not only does this allow you to provide life-saving heals without having to switch units, it also rewards those who are aggressive in their playstyle. The amount of healing also scales with Qiqi’s attack stat, so make sure you use damage boosting artifacts.

Lastly, her ultimate (Preserver of Fortune) unleashes a huge wave of frost that damages and marks her foes with the Cryo element. This ability also heals Qiqi’s allies whenever she damages those inflicted with Cryo. Combine this ultimate with any Electro-based ultimates/abilities and you have an incredibly potent combo that can delete your opponents in mere seconds.   

Mona

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Mona is one mage you don’t want to miss out on.

Those of you looking for a Hydro character will want to aim for Mona. This water bending mage delivers devastatingly potent attacks that leave them wet behind the ears. Mona’s Reflection of Doom creates a water-infused phantom that both attracts enemy fire and continuously damages foes before detonating. Upon exploding, the phantom unleashes a wave of Hydro damage onto any survivors.

Mona’s ultimate, Stellaris Phantasm traps enemies in an AoE pool of illusory magic and sets them as Wet. This move applies an Omen to the opponent, which gives bonus damage and also increases the damage taken by those entrapped. As a result, it’s best to switch out to any Electro users who can deliver a shocking finisher. 

While Mona’s special combat abilities offer some fantastic crowd control, her base attacks and dash are insanely fast. In fact, you can effortlessly dance around your opponents, weaving in attacks before switching into another unit. If you wish to outmaneuver and barrage your opponents with the water element, then Mona could be the ace up your sleeve.  

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FIFA 21 Ones to Watch Team 1 countdown: OTW release time & players

Published: 7/Oct/2020 13:17

by Jacob Hale

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With the launch of FIFA 21 seeing millions of football fans across the globe start competing to try and become the best in FIFA Ultimate Team, the first Ones to Watch promo team is fast approaching. Here’s everything we know about it.

Ones to Watch follows players that have transferred to other teams, promising them upgrades for every time they make a new promo such as Team of the Week, Team of the Tournament and more.

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As such, OTW cards are highly desirable, and if you get a decent one at the start of the year, you could see a lot of improvements as the season unravels.

So, here’s everything we know about Ones to Watch in FIFA 21, including release dates and times, the players included and more.

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Nathan Ake is a confirmed OTW player after his transfer from Bournemouth to Manchester City.

FIFA 21 Ones to Watch release date & time

We now know that the Ones to Watch is going to be up and running soon, with its first availability on the weekend of launch. Here are the dates for the cards being released:

  • October 9-16: OTW Team 1
  • October 16-21: OTW Team 2
  • October 21 onwards: OTW Teams 1 and 2

It’s worth noting that you will get a Guaranteed OTW Item if you preordered the game before August 14, and the card you receive will be based on which date you open the pack, in correspondence with the dates above.

Most FIFA promos drop at 6pm BST (11am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5am AEDT), so expect packs to be available from that time starting October 9.

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Confirmed OTW players

So far, a small selection of players have been confirmed as Ones to Watch cards, though we expect more to be announced over time.

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A number of players and clubs are featured in the first OTW team of FIFA 21.

Here are the confirmed players that will feature in the opening weeks of FIFA 21 Ones to Watch:

  • Timo Werner – 85 – RB Leipzig to Chelsea
  • Gareth Bale – 83 – Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur
  • Hakim Ziyech – 85 – Ajax to Chelsea
  • Thiago – 85 – Bayern Munich to Liverpool
  • Martin Odegaard – 83 – Real Madrid
  • Achraf Hakimi – 83 – Real Madrid to Inter Milan
  • Allan – 83 – Napoli to Everton
  • Nathan Ake – 79 – AFC Bournemouth to Manchester City
  • Luis Suarez — 87 — Barcelona to Atletico Madrid
  • Kai Havertz — 85 — Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea

Tonali OTW SBC

As well as these, Sandro Tonali (77 OVR, on loan from Brescia to AC Milan) is the first OTW SBC in FIFA 21.

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We’ve written up a guide on the cheapest way to complete the SBC if you’re looking to get Tonali in your squad.

Ones to Watch predictions

On top of the confirmed players above, there are several we expect to see have their OTW cards announced soon.

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Here’s who we’re expecting to see included:

  • Leroy Sane – 85 – Manchester City to Bayern Munich
  • Ferran Torres – 81 – Valencia to Manchester City
  • James Rodriguez – 82 – Real Madrid to Everton
  • Blaise Matuidi – 83 – Juventus to Inter Miami
  • Ben Chilwell – 81 – Leicester City to Chelsea
  • Jude Bellingham – 69 – Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund
  • Gabriel – 78 – Lille to Arsenal
  • Victor Osimhen – 79 – Lille to Napoli
  • Willian – 82 – Chelsea to Arsenal
  • Rodrigo – 82 – Valencia to Leeds
  • Donny van de Beek – 83 – Ajax to Manchester United
  • Miralem Pjanic – 85 – Juventus to FC Barcelona
  • Arthur – 84 – FC Barcelona to Juventus
  • Jonathan David – 79 – Gent to Lille
  • Dani Parejo – 85 – Valencia to Villarreal
  • Reiner Jesus – 71 – Loan, Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund
  • Everton – 81 – Gremio to Benfica

As these are only our predictions, don’t put too much stock into that list, but we would be surprised if at least a few of these players don’t get OTW cards.


In the meantime, you can check out @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter for all the latest news and updates regarding FIFA 21.