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I can't seem to ever predict where D.VA is going to go when she ejects from a dying Mechasuit. Is it player controlled, or is there a predetermined direction that she can go?

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She ejects out the back of it, so she's left standing directly behind where the mech died. The reason you can't predict where she's going to go is that as soon as she's ejected out the back, she has a moment of invulnerability where she is free to move and dodge attacks. This is to prevent players from immediately one shotting her as soon as she pops out the back of the mech.

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  • And she has no control over which direction she goes? I distinctly remember there are times when she is to the left or right of her dead Mecha. – Kaizerwolf Aug 20 '16 at 15:45
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    She does have control over where she goes. Once she pops out the back, she has a moment of invulnerability and can start moving. But if she didn't move, she would be directly behind the mech – Son of a Sailor Aug 20 '16 at 15:53
  • Then the answer isn't exactly "standing directly behind where the mech died"... – Kaizerwolf Aug 20 '16 at 15:54
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    Your question is "What direction does D.Va eject from" and I feel like I answered that. If your real question is "Why can't I hit D.Va when she ejects" then you should edit the title – Son of a Sailor Aug 20 '16 at 16:18
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    The eject itself is not player controlled, but because she can start moving almost immediately after the eject it might look player controlled – Son of a Sailor Aug 20 '16 at 16:23
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According to these two sites, Icy Veins and Furious Paul, players can control the direction of ejection by using the movement keys. The default direction is backwards.

This matches with my own experiences.

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From Furious Paul's D.Va Overwatch guide:

Steer D.va's Ejection

When your mech gets destroyed, you can hold down the direction you want D.va to eject out at and she will jump out that direction. This means you can hold your strafe, forward, and backward keys down while getting ejected and she will pop out that direction. By default, if you don't press any movement keys, D.va will eject backwards away from her mech.

I play a lot of D.Va and can confirm that I try to eject in the direction that will put the mech in between me and enemies and/or get me closest to cover.

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