Heavy (competitive)

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This article is for Competitive play, based on the Standard competitive format. For the generic article on this topic, see: Heavy.
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The Heavy is considered a situational pocket and utility class sometimes used in the standard competitive lineup. Heavies are valued for their tanking capacity and sustained damage output.

Information

Health

Class Health Overheal Quick-Fix Overheal
Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy 300 450 376
Under the effects of the Dalokohs Bar or Fishcake 350 450 426

Speed

Condition Normal Backward Crouched Swimming
Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy
77 %
69 %
26 %
61 %
Any of the Heavy's Primary weapons spun up, except the Brass Beast
37 %
33 %
0 %
29 %
Brass Beast spun up
15 %
15 %
0 %
12 %
Under the effects of the Buffalo Steak Sandvich
104 %
93 %
35 %
83 %
Wielding the Gloves of Running Urgently
100 %
90 %
33 %
80 %
Wielding the Eviction Notice
88 %
79 %
29 %
71 %

Weapons

Main article: Heavy weapons (competitive)

The Heavy uses his primary weapon to deal large damage at close to medium range. Heavies are slow, and even slower while spun up. Many players counteract this by jump-revving (spinning their minigun in mid-air) which can be useful in ambushing; or will use the Gloves of Running Urgently to get to a destination more quickly. Note however, that the Gloves of Running Urgently are banned in many competitive leagues.


Primary

Weapon Kill Icon Ammo
Loaded
Ammo
Carried
Damage Range Notes / Special Abilities
Minigun
Stock
Minigun
Killicon minigun.png 200 N/A Base: 9

Crit: 27

[40 rounds / sec.]

Pictogram info.png Secondary fire spins-up the barrel without firing.

Pictogram info.png Fires 4 bullets per unit of ammo used.

Iron Curtain
Promotional
Iron Curtain
Killicon iron curtain.png
Natascha
Unlock
Natascha
Killicon natascha.png 200 N/A Base: 6.75

Crit: 20.25

[40 rounds / sec.]

Pictogram info.png Secondary fire spins-up the barrel without firing.

Pictogram info.png Fires 4 bullets per unit of ammo used.
Pictogram plus.png On hit: slows down enemy players.

Pictogram info.png Slowdown-on-hit effect is reduced over distance.

Pictogram plus.png 20% damage resistance when spun up and health is less than 50% of max.
Pictogram minus.png Deals 25% less damage.
Pictogram minus.png 30% longer spin-up time.

Brass Beast
Craft
Brass Beast
Killicon brass beast.png 200 N/A Base: 10.8

Crit: 32

[40 rounds / sec.]

Pictogram info.png Secondary fire spins-up the barrel without firing.

Pictogram info.png Fires 4 bullets per unit of ammo used.
Pictogram plus.png +20% damage bonus.
Pictogram plus.png 20% damage resistance when spun up and health is less than 50% of max.
Pictogram minus.png 50% slower spin up time.
Pictogram minus.png 60% slower move speed when deployed.

Tomislav
Craft
Tomislav
Killicon tomislav.png 200 N/A Base: 9

Crit: 27

[33 rounds / sec.]

Pictogram info.png Secondary fire deploys the barrel without firing.

Pictogram info.png Fires 4 bullets per unit of ammo used.
Pictogram plus.png 20% faster spin up time.
Pictogram plus.png 20% more accurate.
Pictogram plus.png Silent Killer: No spin-up sound.
Pictogram minus.png 20% slower firing speed.

Huo-Long Heater
Promotional / Craft
Huo-Long Heater
Killicon huo-long heater.png 200 N/A Base: 8

Crit: 24

[40 rounds / sec.]

Pictogram info.png Secondary fire deploys the barrel without firing.

Pictogram info.png Fires 4 bullets per unit of ammo used.
Pictogram plus.png Create a ring of flames while spun up.
Pictogram plus.png 25% more damage against burning players.
Pictogram minus.png Deals 10% less damage.
Pictogram minus.png Consumes an additional 4 ammo per second while spun up.


Usage

Due to his slow speed, the Heavy is a situational utility class. However, their large amount of health and high close-range damage output makes Heavies ideal for holding crucial Control Points, especially the final Control Points of 5-CP maps like Badlands. In Sixes play, a team will generally switch out a Scout for a Heavy when trying to hold the last point, though substituting a Soldier for a Heavy is also common.

Common Tactics

First and foremost, it is recommended to read the player-based Highlander Heavy guide, in order to reach a larger understanding of the class.

The link: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=532245038

In general, the Heavy is often used when defending the last Point on 5 CP-maps, or on A/D maps such as Gravel Pit. Usually in this case, a team's Medic will focus on healing the team's Heavy, as the Heavy is able to possess a maximum amount of 450 health. This allows the Heavy to absorb a lot of damage and delay the enemy team more as opposed to a lower health class. The Heavy is also able to output very high damage at close range, which is crucial for keeping the Medic alive. Often the Heavy will replace the Pocket Soldier, or perhaps allow additional Soldiers to act as Roamers.

5-CP Push Strategies

Teams will very rarely use a Heavy at the start of a 5-CP map. His slow speed means that a team starting off with a Heavy will typically attack the mid point with one less player than the other team, which may make the difference between winning or losing a mid fight. His high health makes him a useful defender in this game-mode, which is why he is often used on last point holds.

If a team needs to defend a relatively open area where there is little cover, a Heavy may be useful in buying time for the rest of the team to organize and repel a push because of his large amount of health.

Attack-Defend Strategies

When defending on an Attack/Defend map, the low mobility of the Heavy is mitigated somewhat, as enemies will come to him instead of the other way around. This allows him to keep his Minigun spun up without worrying as much about needing to quickly move around, compared to a Heavy on offense. Even so, Heavies are still very vulnerable to spam and/or crossfire sent towards the point, as their large frame and slow movement makes them more easily targeted than faster classes such as Scouts.

Capture-the-Flag Strategies

The Heavy can be a great asset when defending the Intelligence room in maps such as Turbine, where there is a very little cover. A fully buffed Heavy can halt an enemy advance and repel attackers, assisting the team's Engineer in the defense of the Intelligence room. If a team that is attacking the enemy intelligence chooses to use a Heavy, a useful strategy may be to let his teammates pick up the enemy intelligence, then provide cover to them with Minigun fire as they make their escape.

See also