Hijinks are an inevitability in a game as chaotic as Overwatch 2, and a recent clip of a Genji player being fatally blindsided by Soldier 76’s Helix Rockets illustrates that point perfectly. Not only does it provide a brilliant comedic punch, it goes to show that one can never fully know what to expect in Overwatch 2, even in a familiar setting.
One of Overwatch’s greatest strengths – something that’s kept players coming back even amid Overwatch 2’s rocky early access period – lies in the gameplay diversity of its playable characters. There are currently 36 different heroes for players to choose from, all of them distinct from one another not just in their weapons and roles but the suite of abilities each possesses. Ideally, players and their teammates are able to utilize all these different tools at their disposal to outplay the enemy team in a display of superior skill and style. And then there are moments when someone just goofs and dies as a result.
That’s what happened to Reddit user Max_shadows while playing as Genji during a Control match on Lijiang Tower. The clip they shared starts normally enough, with them dashing across a gap to assist a teammate fighting an enemy Roadhog before quickly dashing back. Before they even land, however, they are taken out by a Soldier 76 who hits them with some Helix Rockets from a ways off. What really adds insult to injury here is when it switches to the killcam and shows the Soldier 76 aiming for one of Max_shadows’ teammates and struggling to hit them, only to inadvertently land a direct hit when Max dashes right in front of the rockets.
Folks on the Overwatch subreddit naturally had a laugh at Max_shadows’ expense. Needless to say, there were more than a few mentions of the classic “Get down Mr. President!” meme, but fans also poked fun at the Soldier 76 player for all of their missed shots before unwittingly sniping Max out of the air. At the end of the day, fans who were hungry for clips of Overwatch 2 plays gone awry should be satisfied by this latest example.
To reiterate an earlier point, the first few months of Overwatch 2’s lifespan have been rather frustrating for a lot of players, with complaints over bugs, microtransactions, and balance changes becoming commonplace. With that in mind, though, 2023 is shaping up to be a big year for Overwatch 2 with the introduction of the game’s highly-anticipated PvE mode and plans for further improvements as the game continues on towards the end of its early access period. Assuming Blizzard takes fan feedback to heart, things could take a serious turn for the better in the months ahead. Fans will just have to wait and see.
Overwatch 2 is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.