Enter the youngest of the dragon wielding brothers, Genji. Part man and part machine, Genji is one of the quicker champions of Overwatch and also one of the more deadliest when in the hands of a skilled player. It doesn’t take much to see why everyone love Genji so. For starters his move set is a force to be reckoned with. His dash ability gives him speed and damage, all wrapped up in one move. His second ability is the ability to deflect every projectile headed his way, even his brothers ultimate under special circumstances. This move has been the bane of Pharah’s, Bastions and Soldier 76’s alike. It is when we get to his ultimate that we see a power to be reckoned with. His ultimate allows him to switch from his ranged ninja stars, to a katana of his family’s heritage. With this ability Genji uses the power of the dragon to amplify his dash and reflect, allowing him to reflect his brothers own ultimate. He unfortunately cannot reflect a D.Va ultimate.
Outside of abilities Genji is quite fast and has the skills of a double jump and wall climb ability just like his brothers. When playing Genji a wise player will always be on the move. Whether that is by jumping around furiously or weaving and diving. A mobile Genji is the best asset his team can have, as a great player can be a living nightmare for the enemies squishier targets; even tanks are not immune to his aggressive poke and difficult to hit nature. Good players can use his abilities in tandem to tackle even the toughest of tanks. His biggest enemy is a good hook from a Roadhog or Reinhardt’s hammer down ultimate.
Health is not on his side as he is an offense hero. As such, having a healer close by is a must for any player of Genji. A healthy knowledge of the maps will go a long way in planning a quick escape and having mental note of full health kits versus small health kits will be a make or break for any player. Having teammates who know that you are there to help poke and when to take advantage of the chaos you cause, will go a long way in helping to earn your team a victory. Genji is currently a popular choice in terms of Bastion and Torbjorn turret control. His deflection ability is a great asset and often goes forgotten by many players until they realize that he has that function. While I have yet to actually put time into fully mastering Genji, I can say that his learning curve is high, though not entirely out of reach for the average player. For skilled players they will be rewarded with a man who has he power to tango with even the heaviest of hitting tanks.
I hope this helps any perspective players out there and I hope that you all enjoyed this latest article! I have been a bit behind on my gaming posts and this one was supposed to go out awhile back. With changes coming to many of the heroes and with competitive already well into its first season, we look forward to what changes may be down the road for Genji.
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