Overwatch Tracer Guide: Counters, Ability Tips, Strategy, Strengths and Weaknesses

By   /   May 25, 2016

Tracer brings a unique array of time-travelling abilities to Overwatch. Thanks to her abilities such as Blink and Recall, she leaves her enemies always guessing where she might show up and where would she go.

This is something that you need to capitalize on. Knowing when to go in and choosing targets carefully is something that separates good Tracer players from the bad. Although she does not have a steep learning curve like other flankers such as Genji, perfecting Blink, Recall, and her close-range pistol require practice and time.

For more help on Overwatch, read out our Hero Counters and Match-Ups Guide, Zenyatta In-Depth Hero Guide, Bastion In-Depth Hero Guide, and Roadhog In-Depth Hero Guide.

Overwatch Tracer Guide

Although she is primarily an offensive hero, she is not too bad when it comes to defense. Having only 150 hit points, she is one of the squishier targets in the game that a few heroes like Widowmaker can one-shot.

Therefore, you always need to be on the move and do what are good at – confusing opponent heroes.

Our Tracer guide details all her abilities, how to use them effectively, what are some of the heroes that Tracer is good/bad against in a match-up, what are her strengths and weaknesses, along with some general tips and strategies.

Tracer Strengths and Weaknesses

Tracer does not have the damage to engage targets at long and even medium range which is why you need to avoid fights that you cannot simply win. On the bright side, you are one of the best mobility heroes in the game, thanks to Recall and Blink.

It does not take Tracer a whole lot of time to get behind enemy lines, deal a ton of damage at close range, and then back up. All these things make her relatively powerful in Control Maps.

Tracer Abilities and Ability Tips

Pulse Pistols
Tracer rapid-fires both of her pistols.

Tracer zips horizontally through space in the direction she’s moving, and reappears several yards away. She stores up to three charges of the blink ability and generates more every few seconds.

Tracer bounds backward in time, returning her health, ammo and position on the map to precisely where they were a few seconds before.

Pulse Bomb
Tracer lobs a large bomb that adheres to any surface or unfortunate opponent it lands on. After a brief delay, the bomb explodes, dealing high damage to all enemies within its blast radius.

While not a tough hero to master, Tracer is incredibly squishy which is why you need to get the timing of Recall and Blink right. Her Pulse Pistols are not well-suited for medium and long range combat, but can deal a lot of burst damage up close. You need to get in close to a key target, empty your entire clip, and then head back immediately.

Her Pulse Bomb can insta-kill squishy heroes in Overwatch, but the best way to use it is on a tank hero followed by recalling back. She is also pretty decent when it comes to reaching otherwise inaccessible targets – such as getting behind Bastion and eliminating him.

Tracer Counters and Match-Ups

There is a lot to take in when we talk about Tracer’s counters and match-ups. First, speaking of Widowmaker, Tracer can only win this match-up if she is able to close the gap and get in close to Widowmaker.

She is one of the few heroes who can die instantly with Widow’s bodyshot without armor or shield. But overall, this is an even match-up which can go either way depending upon the map and an array of other factors.

Junkrat and Soldier: 76 are a couple of other heroes that can deal with Tracer effectively. Getting trapped inside Junkrat’s trap is probably the worst thing that can happen to Tracer. Moreover, Junkrat simply need to fire in Tracer’s direction to send her away.

Any Soldier: 76 player with somewhat decent aim, on the other hand, should be able to get Tracer without difficulty. If Tracer is able to close the gap, hit her with Helix Rockets. At medium-range, Tracer does not even stand a chance. Even with her Blink, Tactical Visor will make sure that hit her every single time.

Speaking of Mei and McCree, Ice Wall cannot only prevent Tracer from escaping, but can also effectively block her ult. McCree only needs to land his stun perfectly. Otherwise, Tracer can easily dodge McCree’s every available ability.

Lastly, while Tracer can outmatch Roadhog in sheer mobility, she cannot deplete his large HP pool without external support. On top of that, he can also heal his HP up. When hooked, try to rewind in order to avoid getting killed, but without rewind, do not even think about engaging Roadhog alone.

How to Play Tracer: Tips and Strategies

Your abilities allow you to keep enemies guessing about your location – head in and quickly head out. This is exactly what you need to capitalize on. While it is not extremely hard to play as Tracer, you need to time your shots perfectly or you will often find yourself out of ammo in the middle of a fight.

As mentioned in previous section of the guide, you need to get behind enemy lines and deal with heroes such as healers and Widowmaker. Try not to engage heroes like Soldier: 76 and Roadhog. However, your ultimate ability must be placed on key targets or tanks.

As soon as your ultimate ability becomes available, get behind enemy line, place the bomb, and head back immediately. Lastly, do not forget to share your own Overwatch Tracer tips and strategies with us!

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