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Crazy Genji play perfectly counters annoying Pharah-Mercy Overwatch combo

by Scott Robertson
Blizzard Entertainment

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The Overwatch equivalent of two buzzing flies hovering out of reach, the PhaMercy combination can be dispatched in style as long as you’re able to pull off some insane Dragonblade slashes while playing Genji.

For casual and competitive Overwatch players, the airborne duo of Pharah and Mercy is one of the most frustrating to combinations to deal with. With Pharah’s damage output, Mercy’s healing, and both of their mobility, the strat is popular from ranked games to competitive OWL matches.

While Genji has fallen a few tiers in the current state of the game’s meta, one player showed that with a high amount of skill and no amount of fear, an airborne Dragonblade can negate the frustration that comes from playing against PhaMercy.

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The impressive ultimate came courtesy of user ClassyMixture, who displayed a classy mixture of skill, bravery, and perhaps a bit of luck, to knock Pharah and Mercy out of the sky and into the graveyard.

On top of eliminating PhaMercy, the Genji player used the remainder of their ultimate to keep themselves from falling off the Eichenwalde bridge, and grab two more eliminations on the enemy Orisa and Moira, earning Play of the Game honors.

Wisely, like smart PvP player in any competitive game with healers, Genji targeted the healer first with the initial strike of their ultimate before dispatching three more heroes.

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The multikill impressed multiple members of the Overwatch reddit community, who heaped praise on the player and called the play “amazing” and “insane.”

Blizzard / reddit: ClassyMixture
The Genji player, donning a London Spitfire skin, earned Play of the Game honors for their highlight.

 

Neither Pharah nor Mercy received any updates in the latest January 28 patch, which saw significant nerfs for Orisa, Baptiste, and Sigma, and a huge buff to McCree.

Following that update, the Overwatch team at Blizzard announced the introduction of dev-controlled hero pools, which will limit the amount of heroes available to pick from.

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The decision has split the community, with some saying it will negatively affect competition, while others say it will allow for more competitive creativity. Regardless, the introduction of hero pools may see the Pharah-Mercy duo get split as well, as either one of or both heroes could be removed for a period of time.

If it means seeing this combo less in ranked play, it may mean less headaches for the playerbase.