I played Reinhardt against hard AI on a payload map. 32 eliminations. Easy kill. That's because I always know where the enemy will be attacking. I am also constantly healed by the payload.

Basically I just block all the time, get behind the payload, or send the e (Fire Strike) attack. Sometimes I combo q (Earth Shatter) e (Fire Strike) shift (Charge).

Yet in every other game mode I die a lot. I have no idea where the enemies will attack.

How do I use Reinhardt more effectively in maps that don't involve pushing a payload?

This is how some expert plays

  • As I was in the middle of drafting up an answer, it gets closed. Shame.
    – KizTrap
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 12:38
  • Ninja edit overwriting my own clarification attempt :P
    – KizTrap
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 12:45
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    In the first place, why are u even playing vs AI?
    – Kim Minseo
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 14:59
  • faster game play :) more predictable. practice. Of course I fight against others too but hard to compare if I am "good" or not
    – user4951
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 16:00

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Short Answer

Reinhardt isn't the only tank, there are other tanks that do non-payload map types well (see D.Va for Capture Points, Winston or Zarya for Control). Shake it up and try out a different tank!

However, since this question is specifically asking about Reinhardt, I'll also provide a Reinhardt specific answer.

Long Answer

Using Reinhardt when the enemy can come from more than one or two predictable locations comes down to placement of the Reinhardt. The easiest way to prevent getting flanked is to maneuver the map to your advantage. Stand near a corner or wall if on a control point, to force the AI to come at you from the frontal cone of vision. This works better vs AI due to the hero limits and the fact that tank shredders aren't AI-fitted yet (no Pharahs or Junkrats to ruin your day by knocking you about).

Once you're able to position yourself to force the enemy to come into your terrain, you can then dish out the hammer, scorch their faces or repurpose them as wallpaper at your convenience.

Cliff charging (a strategy where you charge a target off a cliff while distancing it so that your charge ends right at the edge) is arguably easier against bots as their movement pattern is more predictable once you're used to them. There are plenty of good maps where you can do this without too much risk of getting flanked while you're waiting for your mark.

Failing that, if you are able to communicate with your team- get them to cover your flank while you deny the main route of attack (the fastest path to the point etc). There are 5 other players in the game that can assist you if you're having trouble.

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