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“8 + 2” no-brainer tips

for playing Genji

“8 + 2” no-brainer tips for playing Genji

Genji, the cyber-ninja quickly became a fan favorite character. His diverse kit enables you to do the flashiest of plays, jumping all over the place while rapidly finishing off your targets one by one.

He has plenty of neat mechanics that you can use to your advantage, which means Genji is among the hardest heroes to master in the current state of Overwatch.

Luckily, we are here with our “8 + 2” no-brainer tips that will definitely help you out with getting better at the hero and fully understanding the basics.

General Tips

  • Know your surroundings, study the maps! Genji is one of the few heroes who can really use the maplayout to his advantage. His passive Cyber-Agility abilities combined with Swift Strike open up a lot of offensive possibilities. Make your own custom game and jump around, come up with ideas.
  • Swift Strike is extremely important, don’t use it without thinking. People tend to use it too soon to get closer to their target, but that makes you vulnerable. You want to use it offensively when you are certain you can get a kill, thus reseting the cooldown so you are able to dash to safety right away.
  • Paying attention to the cooldown of your enemies is a really high priority while playing Genji. Knowing when the enemy Zenyatta or Lucio has their ultimates prevents you from wasting your Dragonblade. Playing around big cooldowns is key in making your ultimate usage consistent and successful.
  • Use Deflect cautiously and always look at the situation at hand. Against a McCree you want to use it for the Flashbang. You can also boldly lead a teamfight with Deflect activated in order to protect your own team and dish out some juicy damage. In longer teamfights you can surprise your enemies with a late use as well. Or, you know, you can headshot Widowmaker with it.

Hero specific tips

  • You should always use your secondary fire before using any abilities. There is no downside, and you can deal extra damage. The main combo used with Genji to finish of targets is the following: Shuriken(aimed at the head preferably) into Swift Strike into instant melee attack.
  • While using Dragonblade your goal is to keep Swift Strike to finish off enemies or to get to a target further away. You want to dash through multiple targets, use your Dragonblade and do a slash into Swift Strike combo to quickly finish off squishies. Always try to hit as many enemies as possible with each slash.
  • Stay close to your team. A lot of lower SR players tend to make the mistake of playing Genji as a hard flanker. It is often better to stay close to your teams, and quickly finish of targets together while also aiding each other with heals and barriers.
  • Winston is a natural counter to you when you don’t have Swift Strike to get away from him. Always try to hold your dash before the enemy Winston jumps in aggressively. Also, it is possible to fight a Winston, you just have to be up in his face and hit headshots consistently.

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  • You can still wall-climb while being hacked by Sombra.

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  • You can cancel the Dragonblade unsheathing animation by climbing. Just as you press your hotkey, climb a wall to cancel the animation. You can also use this technique when you start putting your sword away. This trick is not something that you can always do, but when you have the chance you can make up for those lost seconds of action.

In the current tank-heavy metagame with Brigitte as a core, Genji can be hard to pull off. Nevertheless, he is still the flashiest offense hero that you can play and when you have mastered his unique mechanics, you will truly feel like a cyber-ninja when playing him.

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