Hey guys, Toast here, and welcome to another episode of Overwatch: How To Play. This is a series that focuses on each Overwatch character’s backstory, covers their basic mechanics and abilities, and discusses tips to play each character. Today’s focus is Genji. The youngest son of the Shimada clan, Genji lived a life of luxury and privledge. He had little interest in the illegal dealings of his family and despite excelling at and enjoying his ninja training, he spent the vast majority of his time pursuing a playboy lifestyle. Many in the clan considered Genji to be a dangerous liability and resented his father for protecting him.
Following the untimely death of the clan’s leader, Genji’s older brother, Hanzo, demanded that Genji take a more active role in the empire. But Genji refused his brother, deeply angering Hanzo, which lead to a forceful confrontation that left Genji on the verge of death. Hanzo believed he had killed his brother, but little beknownst to him, Genji had been rescued by Overwatch and Dr.
Angela Zeigler, also known as Mercy. Overwatch saw Genji as a potential asset in their ongoing battle with the Shimada clan. With Genji’s injuries leaving him clinging to life, Overwatch offered to rebuild his body in exchange for his assistance. Genji was put through an extensive process of cyberization which enhanced his speed, precision, agility and augmented his already nearly-mastered ninja skills. With this new-found life, Genji was focused on bringing down his family’s criminal empire.
But as time passed, Genji grew increasingly self-depricating, coming to hate the mechanical body parts and what he had become. Upon completion of his goal, he abandonned Overwatch and wandered the world in search of peace. Eventually crossing paths with the omnic monk, Zenyatta, Genji fell under his tutelage and reconciled his dual existance as both man and machine. For the first time in his life, Genji is truly free. Even he cannot say where his path will ultimately lead. Now that we have a little backstory on Genji, lets take a look at the basic mechanics of this half-man, half-machine ninja warrior.
Genji fills the Offense role in this game and has 200 health with no armor and no shield. This makes him somewhat easy to kill from a damage perspective, but his extreme maneuverability makes and high damage makes him a formidible opponent. Genji’s primary weapons are his shuriken. Genji hurls three deadly throwing stars in quick successions dealing high damager per star. The basic attack is akin to burst firing with each star going directly behind the next in a straight line. The shuriken have a bit of a travel time making the foresight to anticipate your target’s movements very useful. Genji does have an alternate fire with his shuriken in which he throws the three shurikens in a single, wide-spread arc that decreases drastically in accuracy the further away the target it. This alternate fire mode allows him to fire faster, doing more damage quickly to close-range targets but is very ineffective at anything more than close range. Genji does have two passive abilities. The first is wall run where he is able to scale most walls in the game allowing him to reach locations that other heroes may not be able to get to. This, mechanically, works exactly as his brother Hanzo’s.
Genji also has a second passive abilitie in which he is able to double jump by tapping the jump button or key a second time after having initiated a first jump. This allows him to even more quickly get to advantageous positions and take his targets by surprise. Genji’s first ability is called “Swift Strike.” Genji darts forward, slashing with his katana and passing through all foes in his path. If Genji eliminates any target and the ability is on cooldown the cooldown timer will instantly be reset. The distance travelled with this ability is minimal, however the ability does 50 damage meaning that if you are capable of getting of a couple hits from your shuriken as well, it is easy to drop a target and have a small escape readily available again right after.
Swift Strike has an 8 second cooldown. Genji’s second ability is called “Deflect.” With lightning quick reflexes, Genji rapidly swipes his swords, reflecting any incoming projectiles and sending them back toward his enemies. I dub this ability “The Bastion Beater” as this turns Bastion’s extremely high damage per second in sentry mode right back on him. If Genji is looking back at the source of the projectiles then the projectiles will hit that target for full damage. This works on almost all projectiles in the game including McCree’s flashbang and ultimate, Pharah’s ultimate, and even Hanzo’s ultimate if you can manage to hit the arrow right at the VERY start of the shot. Deflect has an 8 second cooldown. Genji’s ultimate ability is called “Dragonblade.” Genji brandishes his katana for a brief period of time. During this time, Genji is able to deilver killing strikes to any targets within his reach. Each strike of Dragon Blade does 120 damage, meaning that most targets in the game can be taken out in 2 swipes with the heftiest targets in the game taking up to 5.
During Dragonblade Genji can still use either of his other 2 abilities as well as his passives, making for a seriously deadly combo in the right hands. Dragonblade lasts for 9 seconds. Now that we have an uderstanding of his abilties, Let’s move on to Genji’s Strenghts and Weaknesses: As mentioned previously, Genji is an offense character so to get the most benefit out of player him, you need to get up close and personal. His weapons still do quite a lot of damage from afar, however due to the travel time and the need to lead your target at a distance, his effectiveness is muted once you get past mid-range. Genji’s biggest strenghts are his outright damage and his mobility. His throwing stars can do significant damage both at close and medium range and the combintaion of his passives and his Swift Strike means that he can get around the map with extreme agility. Genji also has the the fastest base-movement speed in the game allowing him to get to his destination even quicker than most others.
Genji’s biggest weakness, however, and what usually ends up being his downfall is that he falls into the the lower end of the health pool and needs to be in mid to close range in order to be most effective. This means that he needs to often be in a fairly dangerous situation in order to score eliminations so you’ll need to plan your attacks to try and get the element of surprise as often as possible. Now lets cover some Tips and tactics to play Genji: Genji’s deflect can be his saving grace in many situations. Whenever you intend to go into a fight, try to make sure that this ability is off cooldown so that you have it at your disposal when you need it most. Anticipation is key with this ability. If you can analyze the situation properly and anticipate when enemies are going to try to do the highest damage or the most disruption, you have the capability of turning this right back on them.
Try to use your Swift Strike as an initiator whenver possible. Due to the fact that the cooldown resets when you finish off an enemy , you have another strong attack ready whenever needed or a potentially useful escape to be paired with your additional movement abilities. Dragonblade is best initiated when flanking the enemies. By starting dragonblade from behind them, you have a few moments to get in swipes before they really know what is going on. Don’t forget to use your other abilities while dragonstrike is active if they are needed. If the enemy team starts to focus you during the ability, using deflect may be more beneficial to you and your team than getting an extra swipe out of dragon blade. Use your double jump frequenly during fights to throw off the enemy. The fact that Genji has 2 jumps available at all times means that you have the ability to jump around while attacking your enemies, making you a far more challenging target to acquire and given Genji’s low health this could mean the difference between life and death.
Bit that’s gonna do it for today’s video, I hope you guys enjoyed. Let me know in the ocmments if you feel better equipped to play Genji now or if there are some aspects that I missed that you want to share. If you liked the video, please leave a like and if you want to see more content, please subscribe and follow me on facebook and Twitter, links in the description below. Thank you so much for watching. This is Toast and I’ll talk to you soon..
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