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Crafty Overwatch trick helps you quickly take Havana’s high ground

Published: 30/May/2020 23:52

by Theo Salaun

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With how dependent Overwatch is upon mobility and positioning, knowing map-specific tricks is critical and a crafty one on Havana is, once again, getting the playerbase’s attention.

A relatively new Escort map, Havana was released in May 2019, and players are still learning the tips and tricks that can take their gameplay to the next level across the beautiful Cuban city.

While the first checkpoint is pretty straightforward, with an obvious path for the Payload to travel upon and clear corners for the defending team to hold—the second checkpoint gets a lot feistier and more chaotic.

 

A trick you can do as most heroes on Havana, I did this on Ana. from Overwatch

Fortunately, there’s one super simple trick that most characters can use to hit the high ground, without needing a stairwell, just past the first point. While some players should already know of this spot, many still do not—so it’s worth bringing up again, as ‘Saleturi’ has on Reddit.

Havana’s second point takes place in the Don Rumbotico Distillery, and a couple large fermenters are placed dead in the middle, alongside some high ground that players can access through various stairwells.

 

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The high ground and fermenters within Havana’s distillery.

Securing said high ground can be crucial to winning team fights, so having quicker means of access than the stairwell can be mightily advantageous. In this simple trick, most characters (those less cumbersome than the game’s tanks) can hop up onto the circular knob betwixt the tanks, make a second hop onto an adjacent part of the machinery, and then finally hop onto the ledge above.

Doing this grants defenders easy access to a vantage point that attackers will typically try to secure, as the positioning enables a team to overlook the majority of the payload’s path to the map’s second checkpoint.

While your tanks will need to hit those stairwells on the way from spawn, this enables everyone else to move around more fluidly. If Ana, a 60-year-old mother, can jump her way up there, you can be sure that most able-bodied heroes in the game can too.

 

How to get to the high ground inside the Distillery of Havana as Torbjörn from Overwatch

This trick has been shown in the past, along with an accompanying second route you can take to the top of the tanks.

But, with map pools now extinguished, some new players are hitting this map for the first time, so it’s worth a refresher in case they missed it.

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Best Overwatch tricks to dominate any hero as Tracer

Published: 18/Nov/2020 0:07

by Michael Gwilliam

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Tracer has been one of the best Overwatch heroes for quite some time with a tremendously high skill ceiling. However, in 2020, the character has some new tools up her sleeve that players should really take advantage of, especially with Overwatch 2 in development.

In a new video by educational YouTuber Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan, Overwatch League pro and Tracer specialist Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz shared his best tips to battle each of the game’s heroes.

As a general tip, he advises that players learn map geometry to better navigate your way around to confirm frags. Remember, an earlier patch in 2020 made it so Tracer can Blink upwards onto ledges allowing for some vertical mobility.

Knowing where these spots are and traversing sneakily will reward your gameplay and make you a huge threat to any enemy backline.

Roadhog secondary primary fire on King's Row
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Understanding Hog’s primary and secondary fire is key.

Moving onto individual matchups, one of the most interesting tips that Danteh has for facing a D.Va is to Recall a bit earlier when she uses Self-Destruct. While most guides suggest to do so right away, he advises to do so earlier so you have even more time to secure a kill onto her in Baby form.

Against Roadhog, aside from staying away from his Hook, understanding how his primary and secondary fire operates will pay dividends. If you can play around both distances, you’ll have a much easier time to farm Ultimate charge off of him.

If the enemy has a Sigma, it’s best to open up the engagement with Pulse Bomb so he doesn’t have time to use Kinetic Grasp and eat it. After that, you should be free to melee him to death or use primary fire to secure the kill.

When dealing with an Ashe or Widowmaker, this is where the map geometry really comes into play. Use your map knowledge to get near those hitscan heroes and go in for the kill, especially if they’re already scoped in.

Doomfist can be a massive pain for a lot of heroes, but not for Tracer. Because he’s so cooldown reliant, you can easily get away from his abilities. If you’re able to focus him every chance you get, he won’t be able to do much.

Thanks to Tracer’s range buff, she can easily stay out of range from McCree’s Flash Bang while pressuring him. Use this to your advantage to negate his best tool in the 1v1.

Tracer sticks Baptiste with Pulse Bomb
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Don’t be afraid to just stick Baptiste.

For Pharah, she can be a bit tricky to deal with, but keep in mind that she is often run alongside a Mercy pocket, which means the other enemy support may not have peel if you can focus on them. Make us of this and pressure the enemy backline to render the Pharah pick useless.

Against Baptiste, a lot of players like to wait until he’s already used Immortality Field before going for a Pulse Bomb. However, Danteh doesn’t agree. If you can stick Baptiste, even if he gets lamp out, it will be destroyed by the Bomb and leave him with a mere 40 HP. Don’t be afraid to just go for it.

Tracer can be a very rewarding character to play when you know what you’re doing. Keep these tips in mind next time you Blink into battle and watch your SR rise as you climb the Overwatch ladder.