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Quick Hero Guide: McCree

By Diploid - 4th October 2016 - 15:34 PM

Let us proudy present our Quick Hero Guide series, where we will bring you a short, intense guide packed full of useful information and pointers on how to play with a particular hero.

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Today, let's see how we can play with McCree effectively.
  • McCree is one of the better heroes in Overwatch. He has been consistently played through all of his nerfs and changes. McCree is worth getting good at, that is for sure.

  • Please, for the love of Overwatch, use your left-click. If every one of your reloads is a result of using right-click, you're doing it wrong. Left-click is amazing, but requires something that often steers people away: accuracy. On some maps you might be able to get away with right-clicking, sure, but it hugely handicaps you. Left-click is amazingly efficient and headshots with it are very deadly.

  • That being said...do use right-click whenever someone is close to you. Right-click shreds people and you should use it whenever you conceivably can. Just be wary of how inaccurate it can be sometimes. Sometimes right-click will call your name when it's better to hit the left-clicks.

  • Use right-click to melt shields. If there's a Reinhardt in your team's face, right-click until he backs off. You can kill his shield pretty quickly by using fan the hammer.

  • You can throw flashbang above Reinhardt's shield which will stun him. The flashbang has to be pretty well placed, but it's very possible with a little practice. If the flash hits, right click, roll through his shield that he'll try and protect himself with, and right-click again.

  • Deadeye has many obvious applications, but it's best to flank with it, to get the most out of this ability. Deadeye front-on works sometimes, but flanking with Deadeye is normally the way to go if possible. Getting behind or on the side of their team makes it much harder to run out of in many cases. That being said, don't be afraid to Deadeye from the front for two or even one kill. Deadeye recharges pretty fast, it's not all that bad to use it for a simple kill.
At the end of the day, McCree is a great offensive character who fights best in close quarters, and has the ability to challenge and beat other heroes who also fight up close. Reaper, Tracer, Winston, Mercy, Lucio, Reinhardt, and Roadhog can get quickly brought down by McCree in close quarters. You can also make short work of Genji, but be very careful because he can use his deflect to bounce back McCree’s flash bang and fan fire.

Make sure to be careful of players who excel when fighting at long ranges, like Widowmaker, Hanzo, and Bastion. Pairing McCree with a tank like Winston is usually a good idea, as Winston can easily counter Widowmaker and Hanzo, helping to clear the way for everyone’s favorite cowboy. Genji is also capable of edging out Widowmaker, Bastion, and Hanzo, and makes a good pairing.

Have fun!

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