“8+2” No-brainer tips for playing orisa

“8+2” No-brainer tips for playing orisa

Anchor tanks can be a bit boring to play, forcing you to play slow and close range, but Orisa gives you the ability to deal respectable damage from a distance and also to do some sweet plays with your Halt ability. She also has the most raw barrier power throughout a game, and the option to buff up your whole team with insane damage.

Keeping all these in mind, you want to avoid picking Orisa if your team is going for diver characters, as Orisa mostly works well with slow moving lineups containing hitscan heroes and multiple tanks.

General tips

  • Your Fusion Driver has no damage falloff, thus spamming enemy targets from afar is viable. When it comes to mid-range and close-range fights, you want to always aim for the head! Practice aiming with the hero, and build up your Supercharger extremely fast!
  • Reloading your weapon takes around 2.5 seconds, so you want to avoid doing that too often. You can keep firing for 12.5 seconds straight before emptying your bullets, so you should rarely worry about reloading in the middle of a team fight.
  • Your Protective Barrier goes on cooldown as soon as you shoot it out. A really basic and useful tip is to shoot your barrier straight above yourself, causing it to fall down in 4-5 seconds with full 900 hp. This way you can put down a new one in 3 seconds time. This is mostly useful on defense before the enemy team starts to push, but possible on the attacking side as well, you just need to practice precise throws.
  • Fortify is a great tool to tank some extra damage for your team when you have no barriers up, but apart from that, you want to time it to counter movement-impairing effects such as Reinhardt’s Earthshatter, Ana’s Sleep Dart or Winston’s Primal Rage melee attacks. You can also casually walk out of a Graviton Surge.

Hero specific tips

  • Using your Halt ability to pull people off the maps is fun, but unreliable. Comboing with Roadhog is highly recommended, as you can basically ensure that he hits his Hook. Move around as a duo, Halt and Hook cooldowns are the same.
  • Doomfist is insanely strong against you when your Fortify is on cooldown. He can just combo you down in a few seconds, so always try to have Fortify ready when he is close, as well as a support. Alternatively, you can mess up his jumps with a well-timed Halt pull.
  • Supercharger can be devastating, but it is easy to destroy it for enemy players. Make sure you always put down a fresh Protective Barrier right before you use your Supercharger. This is really important!
  • When facing an enemy Orisa, keeping track of her cooldowns is key. You can be really aggressive against her, place a barrier over hers and move in for a headshot battle. If you have Fortify and the enemy Orisa does not, you win the fight easily.

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When Sombra comes in to hack your team, you can shoot a Protective Barrier up in the air, or even better shoot it at a wall or ceiling just as Sombra uses her ultimate. This way you can have a barrier up even when your team is hacked. Timing is key!

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It is advised to aim Halt above your targets. This way they are going to fall down in a straight line, making it easier for you to track them with your Fusion Driver and deal extra damage.

Orisa might seem like the weakest of the tank heroes, but paired with the optimal lineup on certain maps she is the hottest pick without a doubt. Practice your aim, think about your barrier placements, time your Fortifies and delete the enemy team with the help of your Supercharger.

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