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Ana – Top Tips To Master The Healing Sniper

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Intro

Ana, once renowned as one of the greatest snipers alive, is a very fun and a detail reliant hero that requires a lot more than just firing those sniper shots. Ana has a great and unique kit allowing her to give instant healing to teammates as well as doing a considerable amount of damage to enemies and all can be done from a relatively far distance.

Ana players vary in skill level with the amount of attention they put in when playing her as well as with the use of her abilities effectively.

Ana is interesting because her abilities can be considered a lot more game changing than her ultimate and also because they are heavily reliant on accuracy. Good plays or possibly game -winning plays will come when Ana players heal the right targets at the right time, use the Biotic Grenade correctly, as well as Nano Boosting the best target at the right time.

There are several basic “rules” or “guidelines” that you can follow to truly benefit from Ana’s kit, allowing yourself to always be of use in every single game you play. Here is a list of basics you should follow by our Overwatch boosting team.

Heals

Ana is another support hero that heals her allies, and without a doubt, her function is her strongest function by far. Ana is blessed with a single-target constant healing function that is almost always useful to the team. She not only continuously heals her allies but also can do that from a relatively long distance while building up for her ultimate ability.

Putting your main focus on healing your allies should be any Ana player’s highest priority. This alone can allow any Ana player to be of considerable use to the team.

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Sleep Dart and Biotic Grenade [Cooldowns]

Both Sleep dart and Biotic Grenade are very crucial abilities and when used at the right time on the right targets, your game win rates will increase. Both are abilities that also require the Ana player to use them at the right time to not be vulnerable and also to allow for better results.

Because of Ana’s extremely low mobility, she heavily relies on her sleep dart to prevent dangerous situations. It can also be used to shut down an ultimate like Pharah’s Barrage. You should always keep an eye out on the cooldowns on Ana’s dart as it has a whopping 12-second cooldown. To be able to manage it well, you would need to pre-plan and determine the best target for the dart or to keep it as a safety mechanism in case an enemy gets too close.

Sleep dart is Ana’s only form of crowd control and should be managed extremely well for the ability to be used to its full potential with her kit.

As for Ana’s Biotic Grenade, it has a 10-second cooldown. Just as the Sleep Dart, Biotic Grenade needs some pre-planning especially when a team fight is about to happen. If it’s used, by the time the ability is back up, a team fight could have already started and ended. Your grenade produces an enormous amount of healing and could be extremely beneficial to use on, for example, a tank on your team. Especially during a team fight.

Positioning with your team

Your positioning during the game is an extremely important factor that requires your constant attention. Having your teammates in your line of sight all the time is crucial to improve your healing potential. They key is to try to always be behind the core of your team, working hand-in-hand with the tanks on your teams as they assist you with protection and you assist them with constant healing.

Always try to pay attention to your teammates’ positioning too as you will need to adjust yours accordingly. Paying attention to your teammates’ health bars is also very important to always know who is the best target for your healing.

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Nano Boost

Another thing to pay regular attention to is your ultimate. Try to be regularly aware of when your ultimate will be up. Your ultimate can have a huge impact on a game if used properly and knowing when it will be up is helpful if you want to maximize its benefits in a game.

Also, don’t just use your ultimate right when it’s up on the first target you see. Plan ahead your Nano Boosts as they can be the reason for a successful hold or push.

Stay aware of your teammates positioning and their health bars to assist you in choosing the right target for your ultimate. Try to also be vocal about when your ultimate is up as it will require coordination with your teammates for the best results.

The 4 main points are the most important things to focus on as an Ana player and should be basics that every good Ana player is comfortable with. Your skills will later naturally improve as you build upon these four basics. Focusing on enemy positioning as well as knowing when to be DPS-ing instead of healing are skills that will also come naturally to an Ana player while comfortably applying the four basics mentioned above.

Focus on these four basics throughout every game you play and you should be improving in no time.

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Why Is Lucio Picked In Almost Every Single Game?

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Introduction on Lucio By Our Overwatch Boost Team

Lúcio, the famous DJ and Freedom Fighter, has always been a fan favorite, staying up there in the chart of the most picked characters in game. Regardless of meta, you always see him. Our Overwatch boosting team shares some thoughts about it.

The fighter DJ has stayed relevant regardless of which hero was the most playable and most OP or most meta, even after a major speed boost nerf. This, though, has sparked some controversy in the community. Although this has not been an enormous issue in the community, it is still a really important topic to discuss.

It is seen as an issue with the character and an issue with the meta being a counter to most static defense heroes. This causes the various static defense heroes to never see the sunlight, once again, regardless of the meta.

But Why?

Counters are present for nearly every hero, at one point or another in the game, and somehow we, no matter what changes are implemented, never see a suggested counter for Lúcio that is as effective as should be.

Why is that? Why is is that every hero in a way has a counter but not Lúcio? Should we nerf Lúcio? Done. Still strong? Should we try to balance the heroes around him? Done. Still strong? Yikes.

Several factors weigh in on Lúcio’s everlasting strength. First off, the various tools he is able to work with including but not limited to his mobility tools such as wall riding and the increase in movement speed, his relatively strong and un-counter-able ultimate, his continuous healing and speed boost (with no penalty). All this? Yes, all this and in addition does damage.

Lúcio mainly stays relevant due to the fact that he has a solution for every situation you can be in. For example, if you wall Lúcio off one can easily ride over it and also with his push he can stay away from anyone getting a little too close. Just thinking about this, it sounds absurd, and it really is if you really think about it.

Something we really need to set the spotlight on is his ultimate ability, Sound Barrier. Sound Barrier is basically a shield, not just for him, but for nearby allies too! All that is needed for his ultimate to be in great effect is that Lúcio only needs to somewhat be close to his allies regardless of where the enemy is. Other ults like McCree’s ult require a lot more than just that. Instead, McCree’s ult needs more planning, better positioning, and better protection from teammates, and that is just one example.

Most other ults are just like that. Needing extra effort from the person throwing their ultimate or from the allies benefiting from that ultimate. Lúcio, though, doesn’t play by these rules. His ult can be used almost effortlessly, right in the middle of a fight when its most needed with no nearly zero consequences to consider.

In addition, there isn’t really any direct counter play to his ult. Nothing a player can specifically do to overcome what the ult provides Lúcio’s allies. Ridiculous enough yet?

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Speed

Another factor that has a huge effect on his kit’s strength is his speed boost. It is great especially when there is a plan or a bit more synergy in a team’s gameplay. Catch an enemy out? Engage on the enemy team? It is all made easier with his speed boost. Especially when the entire meta on Assault or Hybrid maps relied on speed boosting which negated all choke points.

Also, the speed boost is a huge reason why you don’t really see defense heroes anymore. An on-demand AoE healing ability and an on-demand AoE movement speed boost is desirable to any team wanting to even have a chance to achieve a higher win rate

The nerf Lúcio received has not really affected his pick rate since it has little to no effect on his viability in a game. Lucio will still have an extremely high pick rate unless something changes. But what exactly?

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Lúcio Changes or More Nerfs?

For Lúcio to seem more balanced and not be as useful in every game as he is right now, some changes to his kit may need to be carefully tested and implemented. We could possibly be looking at an even bigger direct nerf to his speed boost once again or to his heal. But is that really going to be effective? Our Overwatch boost team shares some suggestions below.

A possible switch up would be to implement a cooldown on his track switching making it a more game-changing decision and require more planning to jump into a fight with either a speed boost or not as it would take time to switch back. Other ways we can look at Lúcio being balanced would be to alter his aura size which could also require of Lúcio players to be more coordinated with teammates and to pre-plan every move.

Another very possible solution to Lúcio’s unique relevance is a future addition of another hero that can directly (or indirectly) challenge Lúcio’s abilities allowing for you to not have to see the freedom fighting DJ, Every. Single. Game.

It is not the case that Blizzard will get nerfs and buffs precisely and correctly implemented every time. Such decisions require proper testing and require feedback from players of every level. The game is still considered in its early stages and we could be seeing a lot more changes in the future regarding Lúcio’s kit and playstyle as well as meta shifts in the future.

Blizzard will be blessing us with new maps, new modes, and new heroes over and over again and there will be further balance patches, so don’t you worry fellow Overwatch player. It is all a matter of patience and I am sure that the Blizzard team are working on making the game more enjoyable and as balanced as possible for everyone.

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