At first look, the Genshin Impact neighborhood appears positively obsessive about hitting the largest potential numbers with the characters they’ve rolled from the gacha. Content creators on YouTube and TikTok commonly showcase injury totals of six and even seven figures. Online discussions are dominated by math nerds who write partitions of injury equations. Whether you’re new to the sport or a veteran Abyss participant, not utilizing the meta-approved aggressive groups can really feel like a cardinal sin.
But chasing huge numbers can result in extreme burnout, which plagues even the sport’s most devoted gamers. I do know firsthand. While Genshin Impact was present process its first-ever delay this April, I undertook a deep cleanse, dropping out of grinding the battle cross and chasing the meta. I revisited characters who I hadn’t performed in awhile, similar to Kaeya and Chongyun. I dusted off Childe and began pairing him with Kokomi for protected and constant injury output. Then I began getting actually chaotic about utilizing Raiden Shogun on a group with Xiao, regardless that his slower plunge assaults didn’t profit as a lot from her signature talent.
I discovered myself having extra enjoyable than I did once I cared about min-maxing. Executing flashy combos is far more satisfying than watching numbers go up. Genshin Impact has implausible fight animations that showcase characters’ private lore. For instance, Mona’s final assault permits her to create a area that appears like a small galaxy, which inserts her occupation as an astrologer. Fighting in Genshin can be an extremely zen expertise due to the gorgeous visible results, well-delivered voice-overs, and the way assaults have an effect on the atmosphere. Oftentimes slipping into the psychological “zone” to only chill and experiment with new combos is extra satisfying than attempting to determine maximize injury numbers. When I spam Diluc’s burst assault, he units a complete area of grass aflame. Every electro-based assault is a stunning mild present. If you execute Zhongli’s regular assault to the ultimate sequence, he finishes by kicking his spinning spear towards the enemy.
I began to search for different Genshin gamers who performed the sport in much less environment friendly, non-Reddit-recommended methods. Twitter consumer Sagrinne advised me over DMs that they use Ayaka, Beidou, Noelle, and Qiqi as a result of many of the characters are “fairly ladies.” I can’t even start to evaluate this immaculate lineup as a result of my very own overworld group is usually Zhongli, Venti, Raiden, and Albedo for story causes. Normalize utilizing characters you want, and to hell with the most effective groups in observe.
Archbishop is one other Genshin participant who runs an uncommon group, however they’re extra strategic about it. They use Yae Miko, Sucrose, Albedo, and Zhongli. They stated this group works for them as a result of Yae Miko’s injury elevated when Albedo used his flower assault. The increase additionally helped Sucrose attain extra swirl injury when she used anemo-based assaults. This group is non-optimal as a result of Yae isn’t an excellent on-field DPS (she’s had such extreme concentrating on points that HoYoverse was pressured to considerably alter her skills, which the studio hardly ever does). However, Archbishop says that they wished to construct a group that might enable them to make use of Yae Miko for so long as potential, since she’s a fairly character.
“I didn’t need to simply slap National on Yae and name it a day,” they stated, referring to a well-liked meta-compliant group composed of Xingqiu, Xiangling, and Bennett. “It’s a disgrace that National is so widespread in a literal team-building sport. Team-building freedom is one in all my favourite elements of Genshin.”
Another participant, Henry Chan, believes that “any group comps work in Genshin for non-Domain and Abyss functions.” They constructed a favourite group of Yae Miko, Raiden Shogun, Beidou, and Zhongli, and he makes use of all of them as the principle injury supplier. This is extremely uncommon as a result of the highest-damaging groups normally depend on one injury supplier and three supporters. When he’s attempting to be optimum about challenges, he makes use of Zhongli’s defend, Beidou’s help talent (which provides further electro injury to regular assaults), after which makes use of Yae Miko as the principle DPS. So the rotation doesn’t even make the most of each member of the social gathering if Yae Miko’s injury is excessive sufficient.
Just rolling what you want and saying to hell with the meta may even be mandatory in a gacha sport like Genshin, by which gamers might not even be allowed to roll for a particular character for months on finish. I spotted early on that I’d by no means be a type of high-damage YouTubers as a result of I didn’t have the cash to burn on the weapons gacha. And if us mere commoners should accept lower than perfection, then we would as properly pursue the type of gameplay that produces the joyful chemical substances in our brains.