A well timed resurrection in Overwatch can turn the tides in battle. No one knows that better than Mercy-extraordinaire, Martin “BUR1X” Buric. We had the pleasure of chatting with BUR1X to find out a little bit more about this Overwatch star.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Martin Buric but most people know me under the nickname ‘BUR1X’.
I am a Competitive Overwatch Player, currently living in Berlin, Germany.
I live and breathe eSports and play mainly Support Heroes.
Q: How did you get started in gaming? Why did you decide to go competitive in Overwatch?
I think the games that I first remember playing were Indiana Jones: Fate of Atlantis, Worms and Wolfenstein 3D back in the 90s.
As games, graphics and internet continued to get better, I spent most of my teen years going to both LAN parties and early ESL events. Of course, I spent lots of time behind my monitor playing video games. I played Counterstrike on and off for about 10 years and other shooters like UT2k4, Painkiller and WC3 in between before I got caught up in the Moba/mmo genre.
Before I started investing time into Overwatch, I used to play League of Legends and Eve Online. I’m the type of guy that plays only one game at a time and tries to become the very best. So from the second I had access to the Overwatch closed Beta back in October/November 2015, I knew I wanted to go pro.
Q: A lot of your Plays.tv videos feature you playing Mercy. Why do you enjoy playing Mercy?
Playing supportive roles or Heroes, especially Mercy always felt very rewarding to me.
I think out of all 22 Heroes currently in the game, Mercy has the biggest impact and can change the pace in team fight situations if played correctly. This makes her very efficient in most cases depending on meta, map and team composition.
Her kit is amazing. She’s easy to play, but hard to master. With her resurrect ability, well placed pistol shots, or damage boost on your dps player in a key situation, players are able to turn around 2vs6 into 6vs4’s. This gives support players the ability to solo carry to some extend.
Q: We’ve seen all of your incredible 5-man resurrections — it’s pretty impressive! Do you have any tips for aspiring Mercy or support players?
Good positioning, keeping track of friendly/enemy ultimates, good spacing between your healing/boosting target and thinking a step ahead are all keys to success.
Learn unusual Mercy hiding spots before going for revives.
Starting of high ground advantage before flying into friendly souls works great in most situations, don’t forget to plan an escape Guardian Angel target!
Become invisible in certain situations and learn to time things. Bail on your team mates if enemy engagements/team wipes are about to happen so you can be the last man standing to press Q
Q: In OW Competitive Season 1, you secured your spot in the Top 500. What was the journey like and how are you preparing for Competitive Season 2?
Overwatch’s Competitive mode was always just something I was doing while keeping my focus on scrimming and playing Tournaments with my Teams.
It’s a good way to practice individual mechanics and stay in shape while waiting for the next Tournament or scrim to happen.
Overall, I enjoyed the implementation of ranked mode very much except for the Sudden Death system. I’m glad they get finally rid of it for the next Season.
Currently, I am playing a lot on the PTR Overwatch Test Server. Playtesting the upcoming balance patches and changes and practicing the new map ‘Eichenwalde’ to get used to everything before the new Season hits the Live Servers.
Q: Do you have any closing thoughts or anything you’d like to say to your fans?
I’d like to thank everyone who supported me throughout the last 10 months, it really means a lot to me!
I’ll have some big news coming very soon, so make sure to follow me on Twitter & Plays.tv to not miss out.