Lion of the Blogosphere

Overwatch update

I got my skill rank up into the 900s after I became a Mercy main. Mercy was, recently, significantly buffed, and she’s also an easier hero to play because she has a healing beam that has a very forgiving aiming window and once it’s turned on it stays turns on no matter what you do, unless you move too far away from the hero whom you are healing or you leave line-of-site.

So if you wish to start playing this game, I recommend Mercy. Mercy is also a good hero for middle-aged men, because I was told that middle-age men are good at helping younger people. So as a middle-aged Mercy, you can help the younger players on your team who have better aim and faster reflexes.

There are three other healers:

Lucio: he has been nerfed and is not as easy or as useful as when I first started playing. He has an AOE heal which works automatically, but he needs to have good aim now to be the best Lucio. I would learn him as a second healer in case someone else on your team has insta-locked Mercy. It’s beneficial to have two healers on your team.
Zenyatta: In order to be good with him, you need good aim and reflexes. He’s a more of a hybrid DPS/healer than a pure healer.
Ana: She’s the hardest healer to play. Avoid her. You’re not good enough to play her.

The other best hero for a middle-aged man to play is Winston. Winston is a high hitpoint tank hero with high mobility and an attack which doesn’t have to be aimed. As long as you are close enough and people are generally in front of you, they will take damage from your attack. Winston’s role is either to distract the enemy from firing at the squishier higher-DPS players on your team, or to jump in, kill a weak hero, and then jump out before you die. Winston also has a shield-bubble, but it’s not as powerful of a shield as Orisa and Reinhardt have.

Additionally, the following heroes are easier for new players with bad reflexes to pick up:


The latter three heroes are considered to be only good on defense. Don’t pick them on offense or your teammates will be mad at you. Actually, Bastion can be powerful on offense, but requires more skill to be used in that manner, so I recommend not doing that in competitive play unless you are really sure you can play him well on offense.

And then there is Reinhardt. Reinhardt doesn’t require aiming (he swings a massive hammer that hits hard anyone in front of him), but I found him very difficult to pick up anyway. However, he is a well-liked tank hero in lower ranked play, so give him a try too.

Honorable mention hereos. These two DPS heroes listed below are harder to play than any of the heroes mentioned above as easy heroes, but they are generally considered to be powerful heroes in lower-ranked play and easier than most other DPS heroes.

Soldier 76: Best hero against flying heroes on the other team, which are Pharah and Mercy. But still good on any map and against any enemy team composition. You can’t go wrong learning Soldier if you want to do DPS.

Pharah: Can really dominate if the other team doesn’t have a hero who is good at picking off flying heroes. Requires very good map knowledge to play well. Strong against tanks, Junkrat, Symmetra, and any other hero who only has short-range attacks. Weak against Soldier 76, McCree, other long-range heroes.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

October 23, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Nerdy stuff

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  1. 900 is like an eight year old playing his first FPS game

    Is your mouse too sensitive? Rule of thumb for FPS games: To move your cursor across the entire width of your screen, it should take a short extension of your arm across the table, about 20cm. That’s usually much lower than what people use on their desktops. If you’re just flicking your wrist with desktop sensitivity you’ll have terrible aim.

    Jason Liu

    October 23, 2017 at EST pm

    • middle-aged men have bad reflexes compared to kids

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      October 23, 2017 at EST pm

      • One mustn’t self-project. Actually, I believe reflex acuity is as much related to fitness level and exercise frequency as to age. What kind of middle-aged man would want to waste his time playing computer games anyway? You must be over fifty by now.

        Mister Triple 800

        October 25, 2017 at EST am

      • Middle-aged men often have more free time to waste than younger men who need to build their career and education.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        October 25, 2017 at EST am

  2. I have always been in the top decile of FPS players since I started playing around age 11, and now in my mid 20s I started noticing that I can no longer play as well as I used to, and lose a lot more games, despite compensating somewhat with increased strategy and tactical ability. My reflexes aren’t as good as they used to be, and it shows.

    I also don’t play 20+ hours a week like I did in the past.

    I’m still better than Lion though, so I take solace in that.


    October 23, 2017 at EST pm

  3. Lion try this reflex tester out, see what you get:

    I’m on the back end of my 20’s and scored 165 millsecond average after 30 tries (wanted to get a good sample), my fastest being 148 milliseconds, my slowest being 182 milliseconds. Most of mine were in between the high 150’s or mid 160s.

    I play overwatch and and my SR is usually about 3400 – 3500.


    October 23, 2017 at EST pm

  4. The NeoGaf gaming board is back, but the Off Topic board, where the political stuff is, is still gone. Don’t know if it will ever be back.

    Otis the Sweaty

    October 24, 2017 at EST am

    • Isn’t the founder accused of rape or sexual harassment?


      October 24, 2017 at EST am

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