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Lijiang Tower map guide - Overwatch

Our essential guide to winning more games on Overwatch's Lijiang Tower map.

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Overwatch's Lijiang Tower is a Control map that's split into three distinct stages. First of all there's the Night Market, followed by the Garden area, and then the final assault - if required - takes place within the much more confined space of the Control Centre. All in all, it's one of our favourite maps of the game, and is one that rewards tight cooperation within your team.

To help you get to grips with this intense map, we've put together a guide that should help you get ahead of the competition. This article in its current form represents a guide-in-progress, and we intend to extend its scope continuously as the community gets to grips with the game after launch.

Expect plenty more tips, tricks and shortcuts to be added in the weeks and months ahead.

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Lijiang Tower tips

  • Any maps that involve reaching a point first and then holding it will benefit from having Lucio as their Support Hero. While it's true that the objective doesn't unlock for a certain period of time, the first team to get the point in one piece typically has a major advantage. Use that speed boost to get everyone where they should be as quickly as possible.
  • Junkrat is another character that becomes quite powerful on Lijiang Tower. Being able to fling a whole load of explosives at the currently contested point provides a powerful advantage. You might also consider taking at least one Mei with you in this game mode too - the ability to throw a physical barrier here there and everywhere is a powerful one indeed. Symmetra's turrets obviously bring something special to these kind of fights too.
  • Regardless of the rest of your team composition, a Pharah can be an incredibly powerful addition to your team on Lijiang Tower. There will be plenty of opportunities to take to the skies and clatter your rocket fire into enemies, who will often have little choice but to explore out of cover. Many buildings on this map also provide an extra entrance point for Heroes who can reach high places too.
  • You'll benefit of course from knowing the locations of the health packs on all maps, but this goes double on Liiang Tower where firefights are often extremely intense. If you can get your hands on a rejuvenating health boost, you'll significantly increase the odds of surviving a one-on-one showdown.
  • When you're fighting for the second capture point, be incredibly wary of the bottomless pit that surrounds it. You will almost certainly take a few embarrassing tumbles into it during a frantic firefight, but try to stay aware of this environmental danger at all times.
  • The final control point is a little more enclosed. If you need to find some breathing space, look for the stairwell that takes you to a ledge that overlooks the actual control point. You may find yourself able to get in a kill or two before you're spotted and - probably - eliminated.

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Lijiang Tower team comps and builds

Here are some recommended characters to start building your initial team with. As always, flexibility is key here and we've also given you a few options to play with when assembling your team.

For other maps in this category, don't forget to check out our guide to all of the best Control map team comps and builds - things are pretty simple now, but will be updated as the metagame evolves.

Attacking

HeroRoleGuide
D.VaTankD.Va guide
ReinhardtTankReinhardt guide
WinstonTankWinston guide
LucioSupportLucio guide
MercySupportMercy guide
JunkratDefenseJunkrat guide
GenjiOffenseGenji guide
McCreeOffenseMcCree
PharahOffensePharah guide
ReaperOffenseReaper guide
Soldier: 76OffenseSoldier: 76 guide

Defending

HeroRoleGuide
D.VaTankD.Va guide
ReinhardtTankReinhardt guide
WinstonTankWinston guide
LucioSupportLucio guide
MercySupportMercy guide
JunkratDefenseJunkrat guide
GenjiOffenseGenji guide
McCreeOffenseMcCree
PharahOffensePharah guide
ReaperOffenseReaper guide
Soldier: 76OffenseSoldier: 76 guide

Lijiang Tower Health Pack / Medikit locations

We're in the process of putting together an overview of all the health pack locations on Lijiang Tower. Check back soon for details!

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