Overwatch champion guide - Reinhardt (How to play Reinhardt in-depth)
REINHARDT GUIDE - In depth analysis on how and when to play him (I am the ultimate crushing machine!)
2. Strengths and Weaknesses
3. Skills and Abilities
4. Auto attacking
5. How to use your abilities + combos
6. How to play Reinhardt strategically (in-depth)
7. How to improve your mechanics
8. Picks and counterpicks
9. How to play against a good Reinhardt
- Role - Tank
- Difficulty - Low-Mid
- What the champion is good for - Reinhardt is one of the strongest if not the strongest tank in the game at the moment. His 2000 HP shield is the one ability that can push through the defense lines of the enemy team or provide an unbreakable wall that the opposition can not pass. Reinhardt is fit for almost every map and every team composition. In fact he is the ultimate pick that each team needs. Although there are a few places where he might not be the best option he is definitely a hero that can provide useful utility in each game. If you need a pusher/ a protector/ a crowd control beast - this is the pick for you!
-When to pick/not pick- Picking Reinhardt is in almost all situations a good things to do so we will focus on the when to "not pick" part. Don't pick him when there is a strong Bastion in the enemy team that has good protection around him. You can also consider other picks when even though you are doing your part as a frontline tank, your team struggles to capitalize on their advantages and gets killed even if you try to protect them. If your team is spreading wide you are not as useful so changing to Winston/Zarya or something else might be a good choice.
Strengths and Weaknesses (in-depth Reinhardt analysis)
- Strengths - He is a massive tank that provides protection for your team, no matter if you defend a point or you push an objective. He is one of the best engagers in the game. With his amazing ultimate he can turn a teamfight around in no time. He is an amazing teamfighter and you always want to be in the mix of things. He is a great protector. If you have a hard carry that needs to be guarded you can consider focusing on that and let your damage dealers do their job in peace. He is probably the only hero that can give his team a chance to go through highly guarded places (Temple of Anubis gates, Hanamura gate, King's Row narrow streets etc.). The synergy he has with some champions is simply amazing and he has very few champions that really counter him. Playing Reinhardt at a high level usually means that you will force the enemy team to play around you, which in many cases is a really hard thing to do. He is not a hard champion to master so he is extremely useful even in the hands of an inexperienced player.
- Weaknesses - Low range autoattack, His shield doesn't stop some projectiles, If the enemies manage to break the shield he is usually in a hard situation, His charge ability often leaves him vulnerably and is often predictable, Pretty straight forward type of champion that can not surprise the enemies a lot and he is also not the most fun hero to play. He struggles to chase more mobile heroes that can leave him again in a dangerous situation. He can be outplayed in many situations. Weaker when attacking from a number of locations.
Rocket Hammer - Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer is an exemplary melee weapon, able to deal punishing damage in a wide arc with every swing.
Barrier Field - Reinhardt projects a broad, forward-facing energy shield, which can absorb substantial damage before it is destroyed. Though Reinhardt can protect himself and his companions behind the shield, he cannot attack while sustaining it.
Charge - Reinhardt charges forth in a straight line, grabbing hold of enemies in his path. If he collides with a wall, foes he’s carrying suffer extreme damage.
Fire Strike - By whipping his Rocket Hammer forward, Reinhardt slings a flaming projectile which pierces and damages any enemies it touches.
Earthshatter (Ultimate ability) - Reinhardt forcefully slams his rocket hammer into the ground, knocking down and damaging all enemies in front of him.
There is really not much to talk about that regarding Reinhardt. His auto attacks have really high damage output and a wide range, but they require you to be at a really close range. His charge ability usually gives you the chance to get closer to your opponents, but if they are smart enough they can avoid dying. His E ability - fire strike however gives him a little bit of a poking utility that can be used when you are playing the pure shield role (which you will often be forced to).
How to use your abilities + combos
Your right click (the shield) is your main ability that should be used during a big portion of the time if you want to be effective as Reinhardt. The real key to success with this champion though is the way you combine your abilities and the timing to use them. Most of you can figure this out by themselves in a few games but here is a brief review of how things should be done with the big guy.
While using your shield you can find gaps of time where you can use your E to harras the enemies. You need to advance slow and give your team the protection they need to go deeper and deeper. Once things start getting really hot, or if your shield is almost broken you need to search for an opportunity to charge in and kill whoever is disrupting your team most. This can be another Reinhardt, Winston, McCree, Tracer or whatever. If you find a good spot to do it and you feel you have the situation locked go for the charge - it will kill most champions instantly. You have to be smart using your charge though and that is for many reason. The usual thing that will happen is that you will leave your backline vulnerable to the enemies attacks. Another danger is that you yourself are killable when using this ability and it usually gets you in a place far away from any support. So timing and thinking about the use of that ability is a very important thing to learn. Be patient with it and don't just think in one direction - I'll kill that guy - Lets GO! NO! In many cases staying with your team will prove much more helpful.
Your ultimate is the ability that can make the plays happen. A good ult can guarantee you a teamfight win and maybe the game. Try to find the spot where the enemies are grouped in a relatively small area in front of you - Ult - E - hit 1 - 2 autos and Charge for the finishing blow! I've seen a full team wipe by a solo Reinhardt so ye let's say he is a strong hero and definitely worth playing and mastering!
How to play Reinhardt strategically (in-depth)
- Payload maps (attack & defense) - Escort maps are probably the strongest ones where Reinhardt really shines especially as an attacker. Putting that shield on top of the payload give you a lot of time to free push the objective. Additionally you give your team a massive shield behind which they feel safe and can put out massive amounts of damage. As I said previously Reinhardt is made for a pusher. The control and safety that he gives in certain areas is unmatched and that is one of the main reasons he is almost a must pick in high level competitive team play at these maps. As a defender Reinhardt should focus mainly on guarding the main entrance way through which the enemies might come from. Leave the flankers flank - you have a team that can handle that. If you stop the main pushing wave you will find success in most cases. As you all know delaying is very important at the escort mode and this is another thing this champion is amazing at. Delaying pushes, staying and guarding a single spot is a terror for the enemies. Reinhardt should really force his opponents to work around him in order to find success, if they do you find a way to stop their next move :).
- Capture maps (attack & defense) - Maps like Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, Volskaya Industries are a bit more focused around staying and defending your ground firmly. Reinhardt is good at that too. If you are an attacker you can advance with him slowly but surely. A thing that is most important in these type of maps is team coordination. You won't be able to capture or defend the objective solo. Work with your team composition - set the flankers flank and put your main force behind the massive shield Reinhardt gives. If you work well together with your team you are almost guaranteed to win. If your team doesn't capitalize on what you provide talk to them and tell them to regroup. Capture maps are focused on working together so a good leader will find a way to make his team work as one.
- Control maps - Control is a trickier map for Reinhardt. Many prefer Winston as a substitute for that mode and i completely agree that he has a bit of an edge in that non-stop fighting scenario. The fact that Reinhardt is not that mobile limits him to constantly fight, chase and kill the enemies. Control maps are based on a lot of skirmishes and 1v1s in random places. Reinhardt is not the optimal hero to pick in these type of chaotic situations but he provides the same usefulness if you have already captured the control point and you defend it. However the game flow switches a number of times in these games so being a bit more mobile, a bit more skirmish heavy is better in general.
How to improve your mechanics
o Basic mechanics you need to know / master
As we said the champion is pretty straight forward and the basics of how to play him come naturally in 2 - 3 games with him. The main thing you want to focus on is positioning, so that you can guard the most of your team with your shield. Staying on the entrance of a gate is usually the way to go and making a slow progress is your next step. Things happen one at a time with this hero so don't rush it. Your E skill is not an easy one to hit so the best way to use it is to search for static places (doors, windows, tunnels) where the enemies are shooting from and strike there. Don't try to aim it exactly at them since they will most probably avoid it if it requires a longer range to travel. In closer situations you can shoot it point blank in their faces - feels good!
o Advanced mechanics you need to know / master
The more you play the better you will get. Patience is usually the key to success with Reinhardt so mastering that will increase your impact. Lining the enemies is another big thing to look for since almost all of his skills are based as a straight forward projectile you want to find spots where you can amplify that. A perfect Ult+E + auto + charge combo should be practiced on a number of occasions to get it to perfection. Figure out the Ultimate range, because this is very important if you aim it a bit to the left or right you might just fail the whole teamfight. Think of yourself mostly as damage amplifier and in brief situations as a crowdcontrol damage dealer. After you use your skills try to regroup with your teammates and conquer the objective.
o Pro mechanics you need to know / master
The charge ability is probably the hardest thing to master as Reinhardt. It will defer the good from the bad ones. I said patience is the key in most situations, but in a others being the first one to act is better. It is very common that you will see a Reinhardt vs Reinhardt situations in which the one that acts first usually wins. Charge is high risk - high reward ability and should be timed perfectly for maximum impact. You usually don't want to aim for the Tracer or the Genji for example since they can avoid it with a decent reaction. Each time you use this ability it is important to measure the situation - the current one, the reward you might get, the risk you are taking and the end result. This should happen basically before you do it and for a brief part of the second. If you take to long you will probably miss it, so intuition is key when playing this champion on a pro level.
Picks and counterpicks
Pick Reinhardt when you need a good frontline to soak the enemy damage. Pick him when you need a pusher or when you struggle getting from one place to another.
He is exceptional at smaller areas of the maps. Example battlegrounds where he really shines are : King's Row, Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, Numbani, Hollywood like Watchpoint
Counters to Reinhardt - Bastion, Reaper, Winston, McCree, Symethra, Pharah, Tracer (partially Roadhog)
The best part about Reinhardt is that he can fit almost any teamcomposition and on any map and still be extremely useful!
Playing against a good Reinhardt
Bastion is a well known counter to Reinhardt since he simply reks the shield in 2-3 seconds. Reaper is a usual strong pick against tanks. The way to play against a good Reinhardt however is more of a strategical essence then simply picking the right heroes (which can help :) ). The best way to avoid what Reinhardt provides is to focus on a different part of the map then the place where he stands. For that job you'll need an available secondary path - if there is no such you will need flankers that can change the point of focus. Making a Reinhardt move from one location to another gives a lot of time to make your move on different locations and spread your team. A thing that is great against Reinhardt is to have a team that attacks from many locations - that way his shield's impact is significantly reduced.
Reinhardt is one of the strongest picks in the game. His tankiness gives him and his team a lot more chances to capitalize on different situations. Although he has a few counters his impact in a game is never to be underrated. He is equally good as an Attacker and Defender and is an exceptionally high valued picked by the professional players and teams! There must be a reason for that, right ? :)
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