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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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New Overwatch Shield Bash tech makes Brigitte even more powerful

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch trick has just been discovered that could make Brigitte an even bigger threat on the battlefield than she already is.

Brigitte has been one of the game’s most controversial heroes since release thanks to her high levels of sustain, crowd control, armor, and healing. Despite multiple nerfs and reworks, she remains one of the best heroes in the right hands.

Now, players have found a completely new trick with her that is sure to make many players rage and call for nerfs to the Swedish shield maiden.

The trick, which was posted to a Korean YouTube account, shows that if Brigitte Shield Bashes at the exact same time she’s hit with an enemy’s attack that does knockback, she can travel far distances.

Shield Bash already has some slight movement advantages, but when combined with an enemy’s attack, she can torpedo across the map and even clear gaps that other heroes are unable to.

As you can see, when Brigitte gets hit in the back by Sigma’s Hyper Spheres, they do just enough knockback to allow the hero to use them to her advantage.

With this trick, Brigitte can even go from one side of Rialto’s bridge to the other in one swift movement, although it will take some getting used to if players want to pull it off in an actual game.

That said, enemy players could potentially use this to their own advantage, such as by hitting Brigitte with a melee attack right as she Shield Bashes.

In this clip by Overwatch streamer Aspen, she goes flying all over the map on Hollywood and had no idea why. As it turns out, it was because she was hit by a melee from a Tracer player just before bashing.

If timed right, this could cause Brigitte players to go flying off of maps with environmental hazards such as Nepal Sanctum.

Of course, with this new discovery, there also comes the possibility that Blizzard decides to patch it out. Only time will tell how the developers decide to handle it.