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How do you play Lifeweaver in Overwatch 2 successfully? This new Support has taken the Overwatch community by storm with his charismatic style and interesting kit. He has some abilities that make him stand out from the rest of the pack. That being said, you can let your team down if you use him wrongly. Here are some tips for playing Lifeweaver in Overwatch 2.
As you would expect from a traditional Support hero in Overwatch 2, Lifeweaver is a character that wants to do everything he can to keep his allies alive. His abilities, as mentioned above, are unique, as is his positioning in the overarching lore of the game.
Healing Blossom and Thorn Volley
Starting with his firing modes, he will start with his Healing Blossom as his primary fire, but you can switch to his damaging Thorn Volley by changing weapons, similar to how you do with Mercy and Torbjorn.
While he has some damage potential, we highly recommend only pulling out Thorn Volley in situations where you have no help around you. The fire rate is good if you can hit his projectile shots, but it’s not enough to contend with any Tank or anyone with high-survivability potentials like Reaper or Mei when on your own. Also, as long as you let go of the healing with the teammate in sight, you heal them behind walls. Focus on healing first with Lifeweaver. The burst healing may seem long at times, but it can make a difference.
The area where Lifeweaver stands out the most is his special abilities. Rejuvenating Dash is a pretty standard evasion move that can help you survive some key encounters when things look rough. It heals you a bit, and the cooldown is nothing too bad.
Petal Platform has him put out a flower on the ground that will raise whoever steps on it into the sky. This creates some useful options for Lifeweaver and other Overwatch 2 heroes. Tanks can use it to get the drop on the enemy team, while flanking allies can get access to areas much faster.
It also allows for some interesting ultimate combinations, like lifting Cassidy into the air to have a better view for his Deadeye. Be sure to play around with this and experiment with how it works with your team. Remember that the platform only goes up when a player stands on it. Torbjorn’s turret, for example, will not activate it, but if you step on it, it will rise.
Lifeweaver’s last ability is Life Grip, which has received some notable criticism from the community for the possibility it gives people trolling their teammates. There are some things to keep in mind. For one, it has a massively long cooldown of about 20 seconds. You won’t be pulling teammates constantly.
While there are definitely situations to troll your teammates, the potential for saving allies makes this arguably one of the best abilities in the game. Because it protects your teammate as you pull them, an ulting Pharah or Reaper can be safely retrieved or placed in a better spot to be more lethal. It takes some getting used to, but Life Grip has the potential to take over Overwatch 2 like Suzu Protection did early in the game’s life.
Tree of Life
Finally, we move on to Lifeweaver’s ultimate, Tree of Life. We like to compare this to a thinner Mei wall that heals your allies. It can be used to shield yourself or your teammates from incoming fire. The time it stays up is pretty significant, and while a Bastion and some other heavy hitters might be able to take it down quickly, it will sometimes sustain your team in a fight on the point. It doesn’t give Transcendence levels of healing, but if your team stays in the area, you’re more likely to come away victorious.
Best Overwatch 2 Lifeweaver counters
Lifeweaver is a character you likely won’t think about using to counter an enemy in most cases. We would recommend setting him up with certain teammates rather than looking at the opposing team. His projectile fire makes it hard to hit flankers like Tracer and Genji, and his abilities are so focused on his team that the enemy impact is minimal. Instead, use him with heroes that like to get in the thick of the fight that he can pull to safety. Just make sure you have another Support you can rely on for quick healing when needed.
As for the best ways to counter Lifeweaver, most Tanks should win fights against him one-on-one, as is the case usually for Supports. The Damage category is where things are interesting. Heroes that can heal themselves or move quickly should have the advantage. He has a very large hitbox for a Support, and besides his dash ability, he is pretty slow. Use that to your advantage.
Lifeweaver is an Overwatch 2 hero that will likely take some time for players to fully master. Be sure to spend enough time in the Practice Range so you understand how his abilities work, and use Quick Play or the limited free uses for him to experiment with some interesting plays to use.
For more on what’s headed to Overwatch 2 during Season 4, check out our dedicated guide. There’s word that the next new hero will also be a Support character as Blizzard aims to flesh out the available roster for the role.