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Peeking around corners without getting shot

Go into an emote for third person to peek around corners without getting shot.

Hiding behind turret shield

If a Bastion is on your team, you can hide behind their turret shield. It can be a good place for Torbjorn's turret, or crouching snipers.

More effective rockets with 76

While playing as 76, aim rockets at feet for splash damage instead of missing.

More effective ultimate with D.Va

While playing as D.Va, shoot your ultimate into the air over an objective or enemies instead of straight into an objective or enemies so they cannot dodge it as easily. Make sure it rains down and explodes mid-air.

Attracting attention of enemies with Lucio

While play as Lucio, you can wall ride to reach high points in the map, making enemies look up at you while your team kills them.

Engaging effectively on offense

Use the following tips to more effectively engage enemies on offense and give your team an advantage:

  • Always try attacking enemies as a team and not alone. Especially avoid 1v2 and 1v3 engagements against the enemy.
  • If multiple players are killed on your team and you are still alive, retreat and regroup with your team before attacking again.
  • If you are at an enemy choke point, try focusing on killing just one or two enemies and then immediately attack so you have a 6v5 or 6v4 advantage. Do not hesitate on attacking and pushing forward when you have the one or two player advantage.
  • If you are having trouble getting past a certain point while on offense, try waiting until one or two of the players on the team have a strong ultimate available that can help your team push past the point.

Engaging effectively on defense

Use the following tips to more effectively engage enemies on defense and give your team an advantage:

  • Do not attack the enemy right outside their spawn. If you die, they will be back in the fight much quicker than you due to you having to spawn further away. This is especially important at the beginning of a match.
  • Engage the enemy at a choke point where you have the advantage. It is best to also have the height advantage while defending a point. For example, while on defense on the Route 66 map, do not defend the payload near the enemy spawn. Setup and initially defend around the corner on top of and around Big Earl's Gas. The enemy will then be further from their spawn and you will be closer to your spawn and have a better overall advantage compared to defending near their spawn.

Translated quotes

The following characters will say the indicated non-English quotes. The English translation to their quotes is listed below.

D.VA (Korean)

    "게임시작" (geim si-jag!): Game start!
    " 게임을 하면 이겨야지" (geim-eul hamyeon igyeoyaji): I play to win
    "비상탈출" (bisang talchul): Emergency escape
    "짜증나 " (jja jeung na): That's annoying
    "안녕!" (annyeong): Hello
    "하! 이건 사기야!" (igeon sagiya): Ha! That was OP!
    "다시 한번 해보자고!" (dashi hanbeon haebojago): Let's try that one more time
    "다시 완벽하게 작동한다!" (dashi wanbyeokhage jakdonghanda!): Operating perfectly again!
    "앞아!" (apa!): It hurts!

Genji (Japanese)

    "始め!": (hajime!): Start!
    "身を捨てても、名利は捨てず" (mi o sutete mo, myōri wa sutezu): Even if I sacrifice my body, I will never sacrifice my honor (an ancient quote by famous swordsman Musashi Miyamoto)
    "我が魂は均衡を求める" (waga tamashī wa kinkō o motomeru): My soul seeks balance
    "竜神の剣を喰らえ" (ryūjin no ken o kurae): Taste the blade of the Dragon God
    "水のように流れ" (mizu no yō ni nagare): Flow like the water
    "俺は風だ!" (ore wa kaze da): I am like the wind!
    "まだまだ" (mada mada): Not yet, not yet!
    "覚悟" (kakugo): Readiness / I'm prepared
    "いざ尋常に勝負" (iza jinjō ni shōbu): Let's play fair
    "かまいたち" (kamai-tachi): Whirlwind cut
    "くそ" (kuso): Damn / shit
    "上等だ" (joutou da): Let's fight
    "我が魂は まだ燃えておる" (waga tamashī wa mada moete oru): My soul is still burning
    "防衛戦願おう" (bōei-sen negaou): Let us hope for our defense outcome
    "我が心明鏡止水" (waga kokoro meikyōshisui): My mind as bright and clean as a stainless mirror

Hanzo (Japanese)

    "竜が我が敵を喰らう" (ryuu ga waga teki wo kurau): Dragon, eat my enemies

Mei (Chinese)

    "这个世界,值得我们的": Our world is worth fighting for!
    "冻住,不许走!" (Dòng zhù, bùxǔ zǒu!): Frozen, not allowed to go
    "Zhè yàng kě yǐ dǎng zhù tā men.": This will stop them
    "冰墙,升起来吧!" (Bīng qiáng, shēng qǐ lái bā!): Raise, ice wall!
    "瞧瞧这个" (Qiao Qiao Zhe Ge): Check this out!
    "等等,别过来!" (Děngděng! Bié guòlai!): Wait! Don't come here!
    "欺负人" (Qīfu rén): Bullies
    "Hēi Hēi lai la": Hey hey I'm here
    "谢谢" (Xièxiè): Thanks

Mercy (German)

    "Helden sterben nicht": Heroes never/don't die
    "Sprechstunde bei der Frau Doktor": Consulting with the female doctor

Widowmaker (French)

    "Personne n'échappe à mon regard": No one can escape my sight
    "ça pique, n'est-ce pas?": It stings, doesn't it?
    "Allez, montre-toi": Come on, show yourself
    "Je te vois...": I see you
    "Magnifique": Magnificent
    "Encore?": Another one? / Again?
    "Cherché la femme": Search for the woman
    "Une balle, un mort": One shot, One kill (lit. "one bullet, one death")
    "Et c'est comme ça": And it's like that
    "À la vie, à la mort": To life, to death" or also "for better, for worse
    "Merde!": Shit!
    "C'est la vie": That's life

Zarya (Russian)

    "Огонь по готовности" (ogon po gotovnosti): Fire at will
    "Вместе мы сила" (vmeste my sila): Together we are strong

Achievements

Accomplish the indicated achievement to get the corresponding number of Gamerscore points:

    Level 10 (20 points): Reach level 10.
    Level 25 (20 points): Reach level 25.
    Level 50 (30 points): Reach level 50.
    Centenary (40 points): Win 100 games in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Die Die Die... Die (15 points): Kill 4 enemies with a single use of Reaper's Death Blossom in Quick or Competitive Play.
    The Friend Zone (20 points): Play a Quick or Competitive Play game in a group with a friend.
    Slice and Dice (15 points): Kill 4 enemies with a single use of Genji's Dragonblade in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Undying (20 points): Get a 20 player kill streak in Quick or Competitive Play.
    The Path Is Closed (20 points): Destroy 3 of Symmetra's Teleporters in a single Quick or Competitive Play game.
    Survival Expert (20 points): Use health packs to heal 900 health in a single life in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Decorated (20 points): Earn 50 postgame medals in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Decked Out (20 points): Collect 50 unlocks for a single hero.
    Their Own Worst Enemy (15 points): Kill 2 enemies with a single use of Genji's Deflection in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Waste Not, Want Not (15 points): Get 3 solo kills with a single clip of Reaper's shotguns in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Whoa There! (15 points): Interrupt an enemy ultimate ability with McCree's Flashbang in Quick or Competitive Play.
    It's High Noon (15 points): Get 4 killing blows with a single use of McCree's Deadeye in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Death From Above (15 points): Kill 4 enemies in a row without touching the ground as Pharah in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Clearing the Area (15 points): Knock an enemy to their death using Pharah's Concussive Blast in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Blackjack (20 points): Earn 21 postgame cards in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Rocket Man (15 points): Get 2 killing blows with a single use of Soldier: 76's Helix Rockets in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Target Rich Environment (15 points): Kill 4 enemies with a single use of Soldier: 76's Tactical Visor in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Special Delivery (15 points): Stick 4 of Tracer's Pulse Bombs onto enemies in a single Quick or Competitive Play game.
    Power Overwhelming (15 points): Keep Zarya's particle cannon above 70 power for 60 seconds in Quick or Competitive Play.
    The Power of Attraction (15 points): Capture 5 enemies in a single use of Zarya's Graviton Surge in Quick or Competitive Play.
    The Floor Is Lava (15 points): Get 3 killing blows while wall riding as Lúcio without dying in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Supersonic (15 points): Block 1000 damage with a single use of Lúcio's Sound Barrier in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Group Health Plan (15 points): Restore 200 health for 5 players without dying as Mercy in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Huge Rez (15 points): Resurrect 4 players at once with Mercy in Quick or Competitive Play.
    The Car Wash (15 points): Hit an enemy with 7 beams simultaneously as Symmetra in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Anger Management (15 points): Damage 6 enemies during a single use of Winston's Primal Rage in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Huge Success (15 points): Teleport 20 players in a single Quick or Competitive Play game as Symmetra.
    The Iris Embraces You (15 points): Restore 1500 health with a single use of Zenyatta's Transcendence in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Lockdown (20 points): Win a Capture map on defense without losing the first objective in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Double Cap (20 points): Capture both objectives on a Capture map without dying in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Escort Duty (20 points): Push a payload 100 meters without leaving it in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Can't Touch This (20 points): Prevent the attacking team from touching the payload for 1 minute in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Shutout (20 points): Win a Control map without the enemy capturing an objective in Quick or Competitive Play.
    World Traveler (20 points): Win a Quick or Competitive Play game on 12 different maps.
    Rapid Discord (15 points): Get 4 kills or assists with Zenyatta's Orb of Discord within 6 seconds in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Total Recall (15 points): Recover 400 health using Tracer's Recall without dying in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Mine Sweeper (15 points): Destroy 10 turrets or traps using Winston's Tesla Cannon without dying in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Giving You the Hook (15 points): Interrupt an enemy ultimate ability with Roadhog's Hook in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Triple Threat (15 points): Kill 2 enemies in each of Bastion's configurations without dying in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Charge! (15 points): Kill 4 enemies with a single use of Bastion's Configuration: Tank in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Simple Geometry (15 points): Get 2 killing blows with a single use of Hanzo's Scatter Arrow in Quick or Competitive Play.
    The Dragon Is Sated (15 points): Kill 4 enemies with one of Hanzo's Spirit Dragons in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Mine Like a Steel Trap (15 points): Knock an enemy into your Steel Trap using Junkrat's Concussion Mine in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Roadkill (15 points): Kill 4 enemies with a single use of Junkrat's RIP-Tire in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Ice Blocked (15 points): Block 1200 damage with a single use of Mei's Ice Wall in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Hog Wild (15 points): Knock 2 enemies to their deaths with one use of Roadhog's Whole Hog in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Cold Snap (15 points): Freeze 4 enemies at once with Mei in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Armor Up! (15 points): Have one of Torbjörn's Armor Packs on 5 allies at the same time in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Did That Sting? (15 points): Kill 4 enemies using Widowmaker's Venom Mine during a single Quick or Competitive Play game.
    Smooth as Silk (15 points): Kill an enemy with a scoped headshot while airborne as Widowmaker in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Shot Down (15 points): Prevent 1500 damage with a single use of D.va's Defense Matrix in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Game Over (15 points): Kill 4 enemies with a single use of D.va's Self Destruct in Quick or Competitive Play.
    I Am Your Shield (15 points): Block 8000 damage with Reinhardt's Barrier Field without dying in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Storm, Earth and Fire (15 points): Land Reinhardt's Fire Strike and Charge after an Earthshatter stun in Quick or Competitive Play.
    Raid Wipe (15 points): Kill 4 enemies during a single use of Torbjörn's Molten Core in Quick or Competitive Play.
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