Crazy Genji play perfectly counters annoying Pharah-Mercy Overwatch combo - Dexerto
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Crazy Genji play perfectly counters annoying Pharah-Mercy Overwatch combo

Published: 1/Feb/2020 19:18

by Scott Robertson

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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.

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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.

How to kill a pharmercy with a nano-blade 101 from Overwatch

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.