Overwatch 2: How to Play Doomfist


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Doomfist in the original Overwatch was an offense hero made for players to string his abilities together into combos. However, the new Doomfist in Overwatch 2 is a very mobile tank and can cause much trouble on the battlefield.

Overwatch 2: How to Play Doomfist

Here are some tips and tricks for beginners on how to play Doomfist that will help make you one of the most effective tanks on your team.

1. Use Your Mobility

Doomfist Slam

While there are tanks with limited mobility to make up for their durability, Doomfist has been given a lot of skills that allow him to jump around the battlefield and run circles around the enemy team.

Though tanks are expected to stick to their team, Doomfist is most effective when you take him behind enemy lines. He can surprise enemies and remove squishier teammates (particularly healers and snipers) there. Diverting the enemies’ attention allows your team to go on the offensive and focus on the objective.

Use Doomfist’s Seismic Slam and Rocket Punch abilities to cover great distances (especially during spawn). You can also use these abilities to disengage with the enemy and escape.

2. Cycle Your Abilities

Overwatch Doomfist

As I said, Doomfist was originally conceived to be like a fighting game hero, and his original kit encouraged players to mix up his abilities to perform special combos. OW2’s Doomfist is pretty much the same, but instead of an uppercut, Doomfist now has a Power Block that absorbs damage and immediately resets the Rocket Punch ability.

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When learning how to play Doomfist, it’s advised that players should immediately block after a Rocket Punch to immediately charge up the gauntlet for a second punch, which could be enough to eliminate an enemy. Though it may not work on fellow tanks like Roadhog or Orisa, this technique should be effective against squishy heroes like Tracer or certain healers.

Also, note that using Doomfist’s abilities creates extra health that allows him to stay longer amid enemies; the catch is that this extra health can only be charged when the abilities damage an enemy. For example, attacking a Zenyatta during Transcendence does not charge DF’s extra health.

3. Attack from Corners

Doomfist Pose 1

Besides being very mobile, Doomfist also has the power to reposition enemies to his advantage. It’s always advised for Doomfist players to familiarize attacking from corners. This will allow players to get extra damage by punching enemies into walls. The corner will also allow Doomfist to hide from enemies while he charges up his abilities. You can also use his primary fire to pepper enemies while waiting for your special skills to charge up.

4. Keep Your Enemies Closer

Doomfist Uppercut 1

Doomfist is a close-quarters fighter and should be used as such. He doesn’t do too well when attacking someone far off the map. However, it should only be a real problem when he has a bunch of enemies trapped in a room.

Use DF’s high mobility to close the distance with enemies, and while the extra health will let you last longer on enemy territory, make sure you always know when to escape, hide, and recharge. It always helps to be familiar with the map and the characters and abilities that are exceptions to your skillset (i.e., crowd control moves do not charge up the gauntlet when you block).

He may not be the easiest hero to use, but he’s a lot of fun to play. While most tanks are usually expected to lead their team into battle, Doomfist breaks the mold. Like a non-squishy Tracer, he can be sneaky and cause chaos for the enemy team behind the frontlines.

Play as Doomfist on Overwatch 2, now available for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4|5, and PC.

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