Overwatch Winston Guide and Tips
As you've probably gathered by now, really mastering this Hero is not something that's going to happen overnight. There are, however, some Winston tips and tactics you can make use of from your very first match on.
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Winston is one of the easier tanks to play in Overwatch, but playing him to a high standard will of course take some time. Here's a look at how each of his powerful Abilities work, and how you can use them to wreak even greater chaos on the battlefield
- Tesla Cannon [LMB] - Terrible at aiming? Winston and his Tesla Cannon should make a pretty good partnership for your playstyle. Even better, this weapon actually pierces through any protective shields or barriers that are standing between you and your target. Note also that if two or more targets are close enough, the lightning bolt will actually spread amongst them. Keep moving aggressively and playing fearlessly as Winston - you must remain in the thick of battle to make any meaningful kind of difference.
- Barrier Projector [E] - Winston's Barrier Projector is particularly powerful when it comes to both taking and holding objectives. Anyone standing within its protective field will be able to fire back at the enemy team, while themselves enjoying immunity from the return-fire - as long as the barrier sticks around, of course. Once activated, the Barrier will spawn directly around Winston, so try to get amongst the middle of your friendly pack before dropping it.
- Jump Pack [LSHIFT] - Not only does Jump Pack allow Winston to get stuck into the enemy team faster, it also delivers a small but not insignificant amount of damage to anyone standing near to his landing spot. Be aware that, rather than simply bounding forwards, Winston will move in whatever direction you happen to be facing when you activate Jump Pack. It can take a bit of time to master the precise, cannonball-like trajectory you need to aim for in order to land cleanly on your target - mess around in Practise Mode until you've got this crucial mobility skill licked.
- Primal Rage [Q] - Winston's a pretty tough cookie in general, but once his Ultimate Ability is activated he becomes a near-unstoppable force to be reckoned with. Activate it to completely restore Winston's health, shorten the cooldown on Jump Pack to a mere 2 seconds (down from 6), and turn your LMB-bound fists into knockback melee weapons of destruction. The damage isn't exactly unwelcome by itself, but its the bonus effect of pushing enemies away from objectives that really gives Winstone's Ultimate its bite.