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Overwatch community calls for changes to “underrated” Pharah

Published: 12/Jan/2020 1:10

by Bill Cooney


Some Pharah fans aren’t too pleased with the current state of their favorite hero in Overwatch as we head into 2020.

Pharah is one of the game’s original heroes, and was one of the main DPS characters teams played before the era of GOATs.

But even now, in a post-GOATs world run by Role Queue, Pharah still seems to have trouble finding her place among her fellow DPS heroes.

Blizzard EntertainmentPlayers have found it takes a lot more patience to play Pharah these days than it did at release.

In an extensive post, Reddit user “Drunken_Queen went very in-depth into the reasons why they think Pharah is becoming an “underpowered & underrepresented hero” in Overwatch.

Their first point claims that she is usually paired with Mercy, and without a Mercy on the team, oftentimes there won’t be Pharah picked, either.

They also claim that Pharah is “constantly outclassed by other DPS” including newer heroes like Ashe and Doomfist, but also some classics like Hanzo and even Genji.

“Compared to all flankers, Pharah isn’t like Genji/Tracer/Doomfist/Sombra who can get in & out of the fight with ease,” Drunken_Queen argued. “Their survival capabilities are also part of reasons why they’re picked instead of Pharah.”

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Pharah can be more difficult to keep alive than other DPS, especially without a Mercy floating around.

Another point about “power creep” (a topic that springs up around every Overwatch Update) claims that buffs to other heroes have effectively put “Pharah in the dustbin.”

“Symmetra can toss her turrets at higher places, which can drain Pharah’s aerial mobility,” Drunken_Queen wrote as an example. “Meanwhile, Pharah hovers like a turtle in the air.”

New heroes, especially Ashe, Baptiste and even Sigma, can easily counter Pharah, making her an even less appealing pick to players in the current meta.

A good start gameplay-wise, the user suggested, includes a potential buff to Pharah’s survivability, to make her less dependent on having someone else pick Mercy.

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Could Pharah’s dependence on Mercy be hurting the hero?

Finally, they brought up the lore issue, and when compared to other heroes, Pharah’s own backstory is decidedly lacking.

Her mom, Ana, had a whole mini-event dedicated to her backstory, but so far, Pharah can only lay claim to having more backstory than Zenyatta – which isn’t a whole lot.

Hopefully in Overwatch 2, developers give Pharah more of a story and flesh out one of the game’s original characters for fans in the PvE mode, but whether or not she’ll once again become a viable pick in the game as we know it now remains to be seen.


Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities.

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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.