Overwatch 2 – D.Va Hero Guide
Overwatch 2 is now available as a free game, allowing anyone to get into the hero shooter. While the game already has some server problems and errorsthe launch turned the original Overwatch into Overwatch 2. This brought a lot of new content, like Brand new Push game mode, but it also brings back all the heroes from the original Overwatch. Included in that lineup is D.Va, a tank hero who operates a large mech. This is the best way to play D.Va in Overwatch 2.
D.Va is a pilot wearing a mech costume, which means whenever you run out of health, the pilot will be ejected from the mech. This gives you a chance to deal damage and earn the mech again, which can be faster than respawning in some cases. The D.Va is armed with two machine guns with unlimited ammunition, along with missiles and a defense matrix that absorbs bullets. Mechs also have the ability to fly for a short period of time. D.Va has high damage to a tank, but doesn’t have as much durability as other tanks.
Combined cannon (mech): Short range automatic weapon.
Light gun (pilot): Browning.
Accelerator (mech): Fly in the direction you are facing.
Defense Matrix (mech): Block projectiles in the area in front of you.
Micro missile (mech): Launch a salvo of explosive rockets.
Ultimate self-destruct (mech): Eject and overload your mech, causing it to explode.
Call Mech (pilot): Call with new mech.
Up close and personal
D.Va is successful with aggressive play, as long as you pay attention to your health and support champions. D.Va’s main guns are best at short range, and the Defense Matrix doesn’t have a super wide range, so plunging into the face of enemies to block damage is the most effective method. The downside to D.Va being more effective at short range is that she doesn’t have as much durability as some other tanks. While her Defense Matrix can reduce projectiles for a few seconds, unlike many other tanks, she doesn’t have any abilities that make her too strong or heal her. so you have to completely rely on your support to keep you in the mech.
Choose your moment to drop the bomb
D.Va has an extremely powerful ultimate ability, Self-Destruct. D.Va exits her mech, can be done while standing still or in flight, and it will explode after a few seconds. With a few exceptions, the bomb will kill anyone within range of the explosion. The difficulty of using it comes from choosing your timing and knowing what to consider. The explosion can be blocked by shields from Reinhardt and Sigma. It can also be blocked by most parts of the environment, whether it’s cars, walls, or any other part of the map, including payloads or push robots. There are several ways to maximize bomb usage. If you don’t care about the kill but want to solve the problem, you can laugh and watch other teammates run around. Other chances are if you see a broken shield or if the opposing team is distracted by something, like another ultimate skill.
Great for diving with snipers and ranged heroes
D.Va excels at close range, and with her long range, she can get ahead in the face of some heroes who prefer to stay within range. If the opposing team has Widowmaker, Hanzo, or Ashe causing some problems for your squishier teammates, diving into them as D.Va will help solve the problem. If you do it enough times, they can even switch to another hero. D.Va loses the edge against heroes who can deal high damage quickly, like Reaper or Junkrat, because her Defense Matrix is limited.
More D.Va tips
- The Defense Matrix doesn’t work on its normal cooldown, but instead as a refill timer, so you can use it before it’s fully recharged, but it won’t last long .
- D.Va’s Ultimate skill recharges much faster when you’re in pilot mode, but you’ll still need to land some pistol shots if you want your mech to return quickly.
- After using the self-destruct feature, you will automatically receive the full charge for calling with the new mech, so if you feel the new mech is beneficial, you can burn the self-destruct feature for it.
- The Defense Matrix doesn’t work on beam weapons, like Moira, Zarya, or Mei, so if the opposing team has those heroes, you might need to rethink your tank selection.
- The Defense Matrix can use ultimate skills that are considered bullets, like Hanzo’s or Zarya’s ultimate.
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