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

By   /   May 27, 2016
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McCree is one of the best damage per second heroes in Overwatch. He cannot only 1-vs-1 other heroes using his Flashbang, but has huge damage potential at both close and medium range.

Players who have some experience with traditional shooters like Battlefield and Counter Strike will quickly learn how to aim effectively with McCree – which is key to playing him effectively. Other players may have to spend some time in practice.

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Overwatch McCree Guide

The only downsides of McCree are his low mobility, no sustain, and lack of an escape tool. Due to this, he cannot go flanking enemies solo like Genji or Reaper. Instead he needs someone from the team in the form of a tank or healer to keep him alive while he racks up some kills.

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

McCree Strengths and Weaknesses

Needless to say, but McCree can deal damage at almost every range, but he truly shines at close-range, however, this thing is closely tied to his ability to land perfect usage of Flashbang. While he is primarily an attack hero that is exceedingly effective against tanks, he can also perform well in defensive roles.

Coming to negative points, this hero does not have any sort of sustain whatsoever! Furthermore, he not only has low mobility, but also weak escape tool in the form of Combat Roll. In addition to this, playing well with McCree requires the near perfect usage of his Flashbang – if missed, you will get brutally punished!

Lastly, although powerful, McCree is extremely vulnerable when using Deadeye which is also relatively easy to avoid.

McCree Abilities and Ability Tips

McCree fires off a round from his trusty six-shooter. He can fan the Peacekeeper’s hammer to swiftly unload the entire chamber.

Combat Roll
McCree dives in the direction he’s moving, effortlessly reloading his Peacekeeper in the process.

McCree heaves a blinding grenade that explodes shortly after it leaves his hand. The blast staggers enemies in a small radius.

Focus. Mark. Draw. McCree takes a few precious moments to aim; when he’s ready to fire, he shoots every enemy in his line of sight. The weaker his targets are, the faster he’ll line up a killshot.

As mentioned above, McCree does not have any escape tool in his kit which is why it is recommended that you play him close to a healer or a tank. It is important to note that Flashbang does not have a whole lot of range which is why you will require some practice to learn how to use it perfectly.

Combo that you need to execute with McCree involves stunning an enemy with Flashbang, getting in a couple of shots, rolling, and then finishing off the target with a few more shots. McCree can kill multiple heroes using Deadeye, but try to flank some enemies before using it.

McCree Counters and Match-Ups

Coming straight to Reaper match-up, Reaper must close in the gap to deal any damage to Reaper which is where McCree shines. His Flashbang can interrupt Death Blossom and Wraith Form. Match-up with Tracer can only go in McCree’s favor if he is able to land his stun perfectly. Otherwise, Tracer can easily dodge McCree’s every available ability.

Similar is the case with Reinhardt, all you need to do is to land your Flashbang over Reinhardt shield and boom! He’s dead. Bastion match-up, on the other hand, is in Bastion’s favor largely. McCree lacks mobility to get around Bastion and Deadeye is incapable of penetrating shields. Finally, Genji can easily nullify Quick-Fire and Flashbang using Deflect, giving him the opportunity to 1-on-1 McCree and win.

How to Play McCree: Tips and Strategies

Since effectively playing with McCree largely revolves around a player’s accuracy, it will require some time and practice. While you should be able to dish out some damage at close range, try to learn to score headshots at long range.

When it comes to his ultimate ability, it is not hard to avoid it because of its long charge period. However, if you are looking to make some plays, you can easily use it in combination with Zarya’s or Mei’s ultimate(s) that tend to hold enemy heroes in their positions. Moreover, McCree’s normal abilities deal so much damage that you do not really need his Ultimate Ability in order to wipe out an entire enemy team.

Since McCree does not have an effective escape plan or high mobility, you will need someone from your team to watch your back using shield or healing whenever you are flanking. Lastly, do not forget to share your own Overwatch McCree tips and strategies with us!

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