Overwatch’s Junkrat is the king of mayhem and area denial. His Frag Launcher, Concussion Mine, and Steel Trap make up the bulk of his kit, however, his underrated passive can prove to be better than all of those combined, and here’s how to use it.
Junkrat is one of the more eccentric heroes of Overwatch – he lives and breathes explosions, and just about everything he does blows up, even himself.
The ideal way to play the Aussie is to lay down the pain with his Frag Launcher, while using his mine and trap flexibly depending on the situation at hand. Since he can be played at a long-range many consider his passive, Total Mayhem, fairly useless (as it requires him to die), but, it can be used to really do some damage.
Of course, you rarely want to die in Overwatch, however, sometimes it is unavoidable. Maybe you took the wrong turn and are trapped by the enemy, or a point has just been captured and dying will return you to a better position.
You should always keep Junkrat’s passive in mind for those kinds of situations since using it effectively could absolutely devastate the enemy team. Total Mayhem drops live grenades on the floor after Junkrat’s death, dealing a lot of damage to anyone in the area.
There are quite a few ways to use it effectively, but generally being near enemies when you die is ideal. Reddit user FeelAndCoffee showed off an insane example as they were hooked in by a Roadhog and managed to completely turn the game by getting four Total Mayhem kills.
This was an unlikely scenario, however, it is possible to use it effectively every time. If you know you’re about to die, you should position yourself in a choke, to either catch unsuspecting enemies, or block the path for a few seconds.
Alternatively, you can make sure you die near or on certain points of interest – such as an objective or Health Packs. You’re more likely to get a kill on damaged hero heading for some healing after all.
Total Mayhem is pretty undervalued, but it is extremely effective. If you follow these tips, you may find yourself getting quite a few more Junkrat kills than usual.