“8 + 2” NO-BRAINER TIPS

FOR PLAYING Roadhog

“8 + 2” NO-BRAINER TIPS FOR PLAYING Roadhog

Roadhog was an extremely unfair hero to play against for a long time. His ability to instantly pick off most characters in the game without any help made him too strong and annoying. Thankfully the Overwatch team listened to the community and changed Roadhog in a way that the core skill set and feeling of the hero is quite similar, yet it requires more skill and coordination to play.

Even though his role in the game is Tank, you are capable of dealing massive damage to enemies, making him virtually a viable DPS pick in tank-heavy lineups.

General tips

  • Be familiar with the range of your alt-fire and your hook. Trying to quickly finish off a target with your alt-fire when they are just an inch too close can cost you a lot of time and kills. Make sure you warm up before starting to climb the ladder.
  • Since the change to Take a Breather has been made, you are able to move while healing yourself. This is a welcome, needed change to the hero. You should always keep in mind that turning your face away from the enemy is also really important if you want to dodge as many headshots as possible.
  • When doing the old-school “Hook into shot in the face into melee” combo, you want to try and start it with an alt-fire shot just a second before you hook your target. Due to the changes you can’t finish off most of the heroes with the old combo, but by adding an extra alt-fire beforehand can help you out with that a lot.
  • Even though Whole Hog deals insane amount of damage in the right circumstances, you can use it just for the push effect to disrupt enemies. For example, you can use it for zoning on Escort maps when you are near the finish line. Alternatively, you can just push people down to a death pit.

Hero specific tips

  • If you have an Orisa in your team, you guys can combo his Halt mini-graviton with your Hook pretty easily. Obviously, it takes a bit of practice to master the timing and you also have to communicate with your teammate, but once you are comfortable, you can ensure multiple kills with this combo.
  • When you are really in need of a pick, you can use the bread and butter Hook combo, and immediately use your ultimate on the target you hooked. This leads to at least one kill for sure, if not more.
  • You should always spam enemy barriers with your alt-fire. In a lot of cases you can single handedly win the shield fight if the enemy team doesn’t have a Roadhog or Junkrat themselfs. Also, when playing against Winston it is worth it to spam his bubble when he jumps in and you are not in range to shoot him directly.
  • Your Hook is really useful to cancel channeled abilities like Reinhardt’s Charge, McCree’s Deadeye or Pharah’s Barrage. Keep close attention to valuable ultimate abilities like these, so you won’t waste your hook on someone else in the beginning of an important team fight.

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  • After you have used your Hook on a target, you have a brief time window when you can turn your hero to the side in order for your target to end up at that location in front of you. This is immensely useful if you want hook heroes into deathpits on certain maps like Kings Row (last point), Nepal, Illios and so on.

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  • Ever since Take a Breather has been changed, you take 50% less damage while using it. If timed correctly, you can survive D.Va’s Self Destruct.

Roadhog is a nice tank/offense hybrid hero who can be extremely useful in the right hands. He is mechanically demanding, but not on an insane level as Genji for example. We would advise you to practice the range of your abilities against bots, so you can be comfortable with switching to Roadhog if needed.

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