Mercy Synergies and Matchups

Last updated on May 21, 2018 at 14:27 by Mournflakes 7 comments

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On this page, we list the good and bad matchups for Mercy. More specifically, we list the heroes that Mercy synergizes well with, the heroes that counter Mercy, and those that Mercy is strong against.

The other pages of our Mercy guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.


Mercy Synergies


Pharah & Mercy

Pharah Pharah and Mercy are a great pair for a number of reasons. First, Pharah can fly through the air thanks to Jump Jet Icon Jump Jet and Hover Jets Icon Hover Jets, which allows Mercy to use Guardian Angel Icon Guardian Angel and Angelic Descent Icon Angelic Descent to stay with Pharah in mid-air. Second, Mercy's Caduceus Staff Icon Caduceus Staff helps Pharah in two ways: it increases Pharah's Rocket Launcher Icon Rocket Launcher damage output, and it can heal Pharah, allowing her to stay in the air for longer periods of time. Third, Mercy gives enemies another hero to shoot at, which also helps Pharah stay alive. Only a handful of heroes can deal with this duo, which means this pair counters a variety of enemies.


Zenyatta & Mercy

Zenyatta Zenyatta is an off support, which means he and Mercy work well together because Mercy is a main support. However, these two work well together for additional reasons. Zenyatta's Orb of Discord Icon Orb of Discord allows allies to deal an additional 30% damage to an enemy. If Mercy is using her Caduceus Staff Icon Caduceus Staff to damage boost an ally who is shooting and an enemy who is marked with Orb of Discord, the enemy will take an extra 69% damage, as the bonuses are multiplicative. Therefore, when Mercy and Zenyatta communicate and call out targets, allies can easily burst down enemies. Additionally, Valkyrie Icon Valkyrie is a helpful ultimate, but it is technically not a defensive ultimate that keeps allies safe against ultimates like Dragonblade Icon Dragonblade. However, Zenyatta's Transcendence Icon Transcendence is a defensive ultimate, which means the team can coordinate to defend against a strong enemy attack despite Valkyrie.


D.Va & Mercy

D.Va D.Va has abilities that allow her to go deep with little to worry about, but with a Mercy assisting her pushes, D.Va can seem indestructible. When D.Va splits from her allies with Boosters Icon Boosters, Mercy can follow up her mobility with Guardian Angel Icon Guardian Angel. Once D.Va starts to fight enemies, Mercy can use her Caduceus Staff Icon Caduceus Staff to heal incoming damage and damage boost D.Va when she uses Micro Missiles Icon Micro Missiles. Additionally, if D.Va dies, Mercy can Resurrect Icon Resurrect her, which gives D.Va full charge on her Call Mech Icon Call Mech ability. This means Mercy and D.Va can stall points for a long time as long as Mercy pulls off her Resurrect. It is also worth noting that Mercy can damage boost D.Va when her Self-Destruct Icon Self-Destruct goes off, which can help clean up enemy tanks who thought they could survive the blast.


Mercy Counters


McCree & Mercy

McCree McCree counters Mercy in a number of ways. First, he deals a ton of damage with his medium ranged weapon, Peacekeeper Icon Peacekeeper, which can be used to shoot Mercy out of the air or when her frontline is not protecting her. Second, McCree's Flashbang Icon Flashbang can interrupt Resurrect Icon Resurrect and Guardian Angel Icon Guardian Angel should McCree be close enough to land it. Third, McCree's Deadeye Icon Deadeye is a huge counter to Mercy's Valkyrie Icon Valkyrie, as her self sustain from Regeneration Icon Regeneration is countered by instant-kill burst damage, and because flying high over the battlefield makes her an easy target for an instant-lock ability.


Hanzo & Mercy

Hanzo Hanzo is another hero with a long ranged weapon (in this case Storm Bow Icon Storm Bow) that pick Mercy out of the air. Although Strom Bow can be hard to land shots with, a fully charged hit can be followed up with Storm Arrows Icon Storm Arrows for an easy kill on Mercy. Hanzo's Wall Climb Icon Wall Climb ability allows him to get closer to Mercy should she be in the air, or to shoot down at Mercy should she be with her team. Lastly, Dragonstrike Icon Dragonstrike can be used to counter Mercy's team during her Valkyrie Icon Valkyrie, causing them to slow down an attack on an objective, which wastes time on Mercy's Valkyrie.


Roadhog & Mercy

Roadhog Although few would think about Roadhog as a counter to Mercy, in reality, he is by far the best tank against her kit. Chain Hook Icon Chain Hook can be used to pull Mercy out of her Guardian Angel Icon Guardian Angel or pluck her from mid-air if she is using Valkyrie Icon Valkyrie. Additionally, Roadhog can wait near an enemy body to bait Mercy into trying to Resurrect Icon Resurrect an ally, using Chain Hook to interrupt the channel and secure the kill. If Roadhog uses Chain Hook to pull an enemy into his team, Mercy is forced to let her ally die since she cannot get in position to heal them with her Caduceus Staff Icon Caduceus Staff, or Resurrect Icon Resurrect them once they are dead. If Mercy is using Valkyrie Icon Valkyrie, Roadhog can hook Mercy, shoot her with his Scrap Gun Icon Scrap Gun and use his Whole Hog Icon Whole Hog to finish her off.


Mercy Is Strong Against


Winston & Mercy

Winston Although Winston is neither the best protector nor the best attacker, he relies on his mobility to harass healers and other slow heroes. However, since Mercy can use Guardian Angel Icon Guardian Angel to easily fly away from Winston when he uses Jump Pack Icon Jump Pack to engage, it can make him feel useless against Mercy's mobility. Additionally, since Mercy can use her Guardian Angel rather frequently, she can dodge Winston for a long time if she plays smart.


Doomfist & Mercy

Doomfist Doomfist has a lot of damage potential, but heroes with high mobility can easily slip past his combos. If Mercy spots Doomfist trying to gap close with Seismic Slam Icon Seismic Slam, she can outmaneuver him with Guardian Angel Icon Guardian Angel. Additionally, Doomfist feeds off of his ability to get picks due to strong finishing moves. However, since Mercy can Resurrect Icon Resurrect an ally after they are killed by Doomfist, Mercy can easily negate his effectiveness.

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Mournflakes is a flex Grandmaster Overwatch player who boasts a career high SR rating of 4433. His favorite heroes are Roadhog, Soldier: 76, and Ana. He has played Overwatch since its initial release, and has put over 700 hours into competitive play. When not writing guides, you can catch Mournflakes streaming on his Twitch channel.