Overwatch: Mercy Tactics

Mercy, a.k.a. Dr. Angela Ziegler, is one of Overwatch’s 5 support heroes, and a powerful healer. Via her Caduceus staff, Mercy can either buff or heal allies, making her a valuable component in any team. But how do you play Mercy effectively? What are the best strategies when it comes to healing or buffing? Here are our best tips to become the best Mercy you possibly can be!

Caduceus Staff

The Caduceus Staff is Mercy’s primary tool, used to heal and amplify damage, but how do you put it to it’s best use?

  • Both beams stay connected for 1.4 seconds after breaking line of sight with the tethered ally, so check behind you frequently in case the enemy is trying to flank your team.
  • Change the means of your beam depending on what kind of a situation you’re in, or which hero you’re tethered to. If you’re attached to a tank such as Roadhog, it’s a better move to damage boost them. Not only does Roadhog have self-healing, but he can also do massive amounts of damage, so amplify that to decimate the enemy!
  • When it comes to offense heroes, switch the tether depending on the situation. If they’re low on health or against multiple enemies, top them up, if they’re just one v one against another hero, amplify their damage.
  • When your Hanzo uses Dragonstrike, start amplifying their damage. Even though the dragon had already been shot, it still amplifies it’s damage, and could give the dragon just the damage it needed!
  • If you have a Pharah, focus your attention on them. Make sure to keep flying back to them, and hold down jump to delay your falling. Try and keep damage boost on, unless they’re losing a lot of health. Pharah’s rockets are powerful on their own, with damage boost they’ll obliterate the enemy!
  • Focus on damage boosting heroes ulting, especially Soldier, Reaper and Bastion.

Caduceus Blaster

The Caduceus blaster may seem small and weak, but in the right situations, it can be deadly to the enemy! Here are some tips whilst using it.

  • If separated from your team, switch quickly to your blaster. Don’t engage on your own, but if a one v one situation comes up, the blaster is an effective tool!
  • The blaster is especially useful when it comes to destroying turrets such as Symmetra’s and Torbjorn’s. From far enough away, it’s easy enough to take down one of Torb’s turrets, whilst keeping yourself safe!#
  • Don’t constantly go attack Mercy. At the end of the day Mercy is a healer, so keep the blaster as a last resort.

Guardian Angel

Guardian angel is an ability of Mercy’s that allows her to fly towards an ally, dead or alive. It’s one of her most useful abilities, and when used right, can save your life!

  • Go into options > controls > Mercy, and change the setting “Toggle guardian angel” from On to Off. This means that instead of just hitting your guardian angel key to fly to someone, you have to hold it. Sure, this doesn’t sound too helpful, but if you decide midflight you don’t want to fly to the ally you chose, you can just let go and stop before you get there.
  • Keep an eye out for an allied Pharah. Flying to them whilst they’re airborne gives you both a height advantage and the opportunity to damage boost them.
  • Use guardian angel to get out of trouble. Hear a McCree or Soldier use their ult? Quickly lock onto them and fly away.

Resurrect

Resurrect is arguably Mercy’s most powerful ability, as it can be used to bring allies back from the dead!

  • Rez is on a 30 second timer, and you can only bring back one ally at a time (RIP 5 man rez), so you need to be smart about using it. Save it for when a tank is dead, or you’ve lost someone in the last few seconds of an attack. One person can make all the difference!
  • When you use it, don’t start going attack Mercy. Stay with your team, and keep healing, as they’ll likely still be in a dangerous situation!

Valkyrie [ULTIMATE]

Mercy’s new valkyrie ability pushes her suit to it’s full potential, giving you the ability to fly, heal multiple teammates, and boosts your healing and damage, with infinite ammo to go along with it!

  • Don’t forget about guardian angel! Yes, you can fly in Valkyrie, but not as fast as you can with guardian, so keep your hand over the button; you never know when it could save you.
  • Don’t always go attack Mercy. Yep that’s right. Valkyrie may boost her damage and supply you with infinite ammo, but you still a have teammates to protect. Don’t leave them to die!
  • That being said… sometimes it is wise to go on the offensive. If the opportunity presents itself, go for it! Take out the enemy and get on that objective!
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How to Beat the Wall of Flesh: Strategies and Tips

The Wall of Flesh is the toughest boss pre-hardmode, and if it was up to me, I wouldn’t have fought it. Ever. Unfortunately however, the only way to get into hardmode from a normal world is through beating it, which can be a pretty tough challenge, especially if your weaponry is a bit rubbish. Why get into hardmode? Well, the most powerful weapons are only craftable in hardmode, you can make wings, and there are unicorns. I think that’s enough to convince you!

Weapons

Weapons are an extremely important part of the fight against the WoF, as they’re almost the only way you’re going to deal it any damage. I recommend your main weapon being the Phoenix Blaster, with ammunition of meteor shots. The only problem with that is the crafting of the Phoenix Blaster. You’ll need a handgun, which are pretty hard to find, and 10 hellstone bars. The other weapon I recommend you’d get is the Night’s Edge, which is useful in up-close combat with The Hungry. As well as that, it comes in very useful when you’re attacked by Leeches, since they’re pretty fast, and hard to hit with your gun.

Armour

If you’re going to stand any chance against the Wall of Flesh, then you’re going to need good armour. I mean, how are you going to use your awesome new weapons if you can’t survive for more than five minutes? I’d recommend using Molten Armour. It’s the strongest armour pre-hardmode, and will give you an even better chance of winning! The only problem with it is that you’ll need loads of hellstone. More specifically, you’ll need 135 hellstone, and 45 obsidian. Don’t have the resources? The next best thing is crimson/shadow armour, which give you a total of 19 defense.

Potions

Never been a fan of these multicoloured mixtures? Well get ready to have them become your new best friend, since the buffs and abilities these potions will give you can make you almost invincible! These are the potions I’d recommend getting:

Accessories

You know those five little slots below the places for your armour that fill up way too fast? Yeah? Well it’s time to put those spaces to good use! The first item you’ll want to try and get are the lightning boots or spectre boots, since they’ll help you jump, dodge and fly out of the way of lasers and monsters! As well as magic boots, I’d suggest grabbing a lucky horseshoe, especially of you’ve equipped an item that grants flight. If you don’t, you could very easily die from fall damage, which definitely isn’t the best way to go.

Terrain

The terrain in The Underworld is pretty dangerous, and as well as the annoyingly large buildings that occasionally pop up, there are also huge pools of lava. That’s why most people recommend building a platform over everything, at least half the world wide. That’s what I did before fighting, and it definitely helps. It works even better with lightning boots/spectre boots, since you can sprint away from danger even faster that way! Building the platform all the way across The Underworld isn’t necessary in a large world, because you have so much space to fight the WoF in, but having a platform all across in a smaller world definitely helps.

 

Slayin’: Tips, Tricks and Strategies

Slayin’ is an awesome game, but after a while it can get quite dull doing the same thing over and over again, especially if you get stuck on certain bosses. Here are some awesome tips n’ tricks to help you beat the game!

Stick To One Side

This may sound stupid, but sometimes sticking to one side really helps. If you’re losing life, by staying on the left/right you’ll only have to defend one side of yourself. However, although it can be helpful, don’t stay on one side the entire time. You’ll need to upgrade at one point, so it’s always good to make the trip across to get some gold!

Buy ‘The Knave’

The Knave is by far one of the best characters you can get, especially if you’re a beginner to the game. You’re protected on both sides by double knives, and although you can’t buy armour, you can equip a coat that increases your luck. More money! In fact, almost all the Knave’s weapons are based around getting more money, which is always a plus!

Buy Cheap Weapons Earlier

Just like the first tip, this might sound stupid, but I can assure you it’s not. Most people think that by saving up your coins, you’ll be able to get all the awesome weapons sooner. They’re only partially right (sorry). If you wait for the cool weapons to come for you by buying nothing but meat and armour, then it’ll take longer for the higher-level weapons to become available, but by buying weapons sooner, the new weapons unlock quicker. Did you know there’s a weapon that shoots lighting from the sky?!

Peloria Strategy

The first time I fought Peloria, I lost so much life, and that’s not just because I’m awful at the game. It’s because I didn’t know how to fight her. Well, you won’t make my mistakes!  The first thing you’ll need to know is that you can destroy those spiky plants with your weapons. Yes, even the ones Peloria shoots! I didn’t know that, so I just assumed I couldn’t. If you time your jumps right, you can destroy the projectile and deal Peloria some damage. It looks awesome in slow motion!

The Wizard Is Worth It

Seriously. I’m not joking. No, he can’t jump. Yes, when starting off you can only make a whirlwind for about 0.5 seconds, but when I bought the wizard, I beat the Royal Slime with a no damage bonus. I’ve never done that ever. As well as beating the most annoying boss, you also get some awesome spells, like fire balls! And ice shards! And fire whirlwinds! The list could go on! But it won’t, sorry.