What kind of skill set do you need to

thrive in Overwatch? – Basic guide

What kind of skill set do you need to thrive in Overwatch?

Basic guide

Overwatch is an immensely complicated game with a bunch of heroes, maps, game modes and mechanics to master. In order to be comfortable in-game and to reach higher skill rating brackets, you will need a multitude of mechanical and mental skills to be in your arsenal.

We at Omnicoach put a lot of emphasis on helping you improve with the most practical information, tips, and exercises to reach your full potential. With our hands-on coaching engine we are not only providing data but actual insight and instant feedback regarding your gameplay and in-game decisions. On top of all these, we also want to help your improvement with written or video content.

In this article, we have gathered some of the most important basic skills you will need in the realm of Overwatch.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” 🙀

Understanding what each hero has to offer is the first step. You have to know all the abilities of every hero to confidently play around them or to counter-pick in key situations. Switching your character in the middle of the game is more than welcome in Overwatch, it is actually a necessity in a lot of cases. If you do not know what the heroes you face are capable of, you are in trouble.

The same applies to your own play. Do not pick and play characters that you are not familiar with. Practice with  them against bots first and read up on them. This also leads to understanding full team compositions and how they play and complement each other. You have to know when the enemy team is going to dive you or play a slow style or maybe a mix of both that. You also have to understand what your teammates are doing so that you can match the overall gameplan.

How did he get up there? Where did he come from? 📍

Another basic and important expertise is map knowledge. There are multiple layers to this skill like survivability, rollouts, flank routes, sniper sightlines and so on. You have to be familiar with health pack locations on all maps to have a better chance of surviving risky situations. Rollouts are important to reach your team as soon as possible after a respawn and also on Control Point maps you don’t want to be late for the initial team fight. Flank routes are a high priority for offensive plays, but important to acknowledge when playing on defense so you can be ready for the enemy Tracers, Genjis and the likes. Sniper sightlines go without explanation, you don’t want to put yourself in danger, except when you are playing Widowmaker yourself and want to challenge the opposing sniper player.

On top of all these, you have the option to do some unexpected tricky moves with certain heroes such as Doomfist, Widowmaker, Wrecking ball and so on. We would advise you to make custom games and jump around the maps, come up with ideas and use them in your ranked games.

Sextuple kill! 🏆

Once you feel comfortable with the game sense related skills, you can focus a lot more on mechanical ones. Hitting your shots and using your abilities efficiently is extremely important in Overwatch, honing these hard mechanical talents is a high priority. Practice different aiming methods like tracking and flicking in practice range or against bots in custom games. Hitting an extra headshot with McCree or Widowmaker can make or break a team fight. On top of this, knowing the exact range, damage, cooldown and whatnot of your abilities is a must. You can actually get used to these things and know when you are ready to use your ability again by ‘feel’ or memory, rather than looking at the user interface.

Movement or positioning is a game sense related skill in a lot of ways, but it has mechanical elements. Efficient left-right dodging, crouching and jumping is important for survival as well as reaching certain tricky spots on some maps as we previously mentioned. Movement speed and jump height can differ from hero to hero, keep this in mind.

Join voice chat and stay calm! 🎤

Communicating with your fellow players in a team game like Overwatch is essential if you want to win games. Providing information to each other about your own abilities and what the enemy team is doing can change the outcome of a fight. For example, if you are playing as Zarya, you should always tell your team the cooldown of your Projected Barrier, or if you see that the enemy Tracer has used her Recall you should call that out right away too.

Some players tend to dodge voice chat because they don’t want to deal with the rage and flaming, but you have to overcome this. Positive mental attitude can help you in several areas of life and this includes competitive gaming. If you let the negativity get to you or become upset about losing games or you’re flaming teammates, you are going to perform much worse in your following matches. Focus on your own play and try to help your team the best you can while always aiming for the win.

Whoever you’re playing as, do your job. Overwatch’s focus is in how the unique skills of each of its heroes can be used to kill, protect, and disrupt other players and to develop a knowledge of not only every character’s unique abilities, but how best to combine them to either put up a defense, a strong attack within a good team play in the game’s short objective-based rounds. The game can transform into an almost entirely different game depending on which character you play as. With 28 heroes and counting, the gameplay consistently feels renewed.

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