Many players have jumped on Overwatch since its release a couple of days ago. Do you want to know how you can best perform for your team? Learn.
Indeed, Overwatch is a first-person shooter mixed in with some MOBA aspects. This makes a pure team-oriented game where you must work together and beat the opposing team. Like in any eSports game, a player needs to have a certain mindset in order to improve and contribute. After all, victory is the ultimate goal. To get there, here are some tips and tricks on how you can better improve your game.
1. Play for the team, not for yourself
In many online games, we always find that one player every now and then who wants nothing to do with the team and he just simply does what he wants. For better or worse, that mindset can either help or destroy the composition of the team. These players, usually, are the types of players who are proficient with that one character and can play decently well to contribute to the team. However, if those players get countered by the enemy team, then you simply end up with one useless player on your side. This is simply because that player will want to overpower the enemy team with their favorite hero and prove their character is best.
This type of mindset can be extremely toxic to your team as one of your allies’ goal is not to win the game, but win with their character. This is too narrow-minded to become successful and to improve as player. In order to improve your gameplay with a specific character or in the game in general, it is very important to know what your character’s role is. The best way to really understand the significance of the roles is to try them out for yourself. This clearly creates an image and understanding as to what each character is good at and how you can ultimately improve your skills using them. Also, knowledge on what the other heroes do can help you, as a player, make the right decisions to counter them.
2. Steady your hand, even through death
What we see too often in lower levels are players who avoid death as if it’s real. Sure, it’s not good to die because you could be contributing to your team instead of watching that respawn screen. However, one must not fear death! It is through death that players will come to notice what they should have done instead. Taking risks is essentially to improve your game.
Sometimes you will nail that Deflect with Genji just right to take your enemy out with that Swift Strike only to escape out of the fray with the cooldown reset. You get that feeling of adrenaline, accomplishment and your self-confidence just boosts and you start thinking no one can stop you. Then, Reaper just appears behind you and your Deflect is still on cooldown.
The most important thing you should keep in mind is to keep a leveled head and stay focus; through the good times and the bad. Only until after the match is won can you give yourself a high five. Play smart, analyze your tries and take necessary risks to help your team as much as you can.
3. Map Awareness 101
In any first-person shooter, it is always key to keep knowledge on this things called a map, by map I mean the actual environment. Pro players do this all the time when a sniper finds a sweet hiding spot to take out all their targets quickly and stealthily. It is definitely a big boon to play enough to know the secret corners, it may help you anticipate a defensive retreat as well as devising one yourself if you would dare need one.
In Overwatch, Blizzard has prepared a plethora of maps to play and with each come their own set of rules to play. Sometimes, it is a simple match of capture the control point while others have you escorting a payload. In all cases, the two teams are given the roles of attack and defend. You need to get to a point where you know the best routes to cover once the map and your team’s role have been revealed. This also includes using the right hero in that particular scenario.
4. The Payload heals you:
I’m sure by now you have had your share number of games where you must either stop or escort the payload. With that in mind, it is crucial information to know that the payload actually heals you. This means that once you eliminate the threat standing in front of you, you can face the next players with a bit more health than you thought. It may save your life.
This bit of information can make certain formations very useful such as have Bastion station on top of the payload and have a tank character shield for the little guy. This can prove a very solid strategy that will force a hero change on the opposing team no doubt. to break this, heroes who snipe or reflect the damage can counter Bastion’s onslaught, so I would recommend Genji, Hanzo, D.Va and or Widowmaker.
5. Killing Heals! Oh the irony… :
Killing feels very rewarding in Overwatch, doesn’t it? Well that went dark fast, but it’s true though. In Overwatch, getting a kill streak gets your character blazing in blue flames on his/her portrait on the bottom left, in case you did not notice. This is very important to keep track as it has something to do with that bar under your health.
This bar designates if your characters is on a streak or not and keeping the blue flame up actually heals periodically. I didn’t know that either! However, it is very important to be objective-oriented in Overwatch. This means it is not about getting a lot of hero kills in a row, but objective kills. Of course, as your role and hero change, so do your objectives. Keep track of what you are supposed to do and not what you want to do and you should be seeing some improvements in attitude when playing.
In short, Overwatch is a team game through and through. This means that the best way to ensure you win and play well is to play for your team and not for yourself. The world needs more heroes and saving the world is bigger than all of us. So, pride, fear and salt have no place in competitive Overwatch. Of course, the best advice at the end of the day is to simply play and play. Just when you thought you’ve played enough, play some more!
Do you have some other information to help your fellow heroes? Let us know in the comments below and let us know what you thought of these tips!
Until next time heroes!