Overwatch decision-making

(Your go-to list for making the best decisions)

Overwatch decision-making

(Your go-to list for making the best decisions)

In order to be good at  Overwatch, you need to pay attention to a lot of things and make good decisions based on the available data. This is our guide about decision-making and the importance of a checklist in Overwatch.

This article is about all the things that are not inherently visible on the screen. These play a big part in how you can make good decisions during a match. You should have all the information available to you by now, you just need to make good predictions and decisions in order to overcome your enemies. It is important to note that decision-making plays a critical  part in Overwatch. Staying alive enables you to have more meaningful encounters in a game, and good decisions should allow you to win most of these.

Character pick

We are going to start with the beginning of each match. The list starts with the character pick decision. When you are picking a character, we recommend that you pick what you are most comfortable playing with. However in some cases, if you can choose from a wider pool, it is beneficial to think ahead and see where you are going to play, and with whom.

Map

For this reason, the next point on our list is  map related checks and decisions. When the game loads, the first thing that you see is what map you will be playing on. The map and the side you are playing can heavily influence the usefulness of a given character. For example: if there are high grounds for the defenders and you pick someone with no vertical mobility, you are going to be at a disadvantage. Therefore we recommend that you think about the map and your hero choice and adjust to it actively. Maps have different sections, think about the usefulness of your pick at every section.

Team

You also need to think about team-related  decisions. These are extremely important, as sometimes the lineup that your allies choose can be very uncomfortable if you are stubborn to stick with a character. When deciding about who to play , think about basic synergies and ultimate combos as well. While this is in the preparation phase, team-related  decisions will happen more frequently, so keep an eye on the tab screen!

Enemy team

When you are confronting the enemy team, you can- and should judge your own hero pick, and see if you could do better. Apart from basic interactions, think about ult combinations as well. The foundation of these decisions is watching the kill feed, objectives and tab screens. These should give you a good idea about when you need to act.

Dynamics of the current match

When judging the dynamics, you need to heavily rely on the kill feed and the tab screen. Check how many of the players are alive, and what the objective status is. By thinking about these, you should get a good idea about when to engage or disengage. Generally, you want to start taking action if the difference between the two teams is two players, meaning getting more aggressive if you are up by two, and thinking about falling back if you are down. If you have a four player advantage, just wipe the enemy, and if they have it, fall back immediately. You can gain a lot of time and use opportunities better if you pay attention to the dynamics.

Ultimate economy

See what your team has and coordinate with them for maximum rewards, minimum effort. You should use the least amount of ultimates to win a fight, and for that, you need to cooperate as a team. Keeping the enemy ults in mind is also important because it should allow you to make better positional and team movement decisions. When trying to keep track of enemy ults, the golden rule is that everyone will have an ult in every second team fight with some exceptions like Tracer’s bomb. You need to pay attention to enemies doing really well because they will charge their ult  quickly. Knowing the enemy has an important ult can allow you to predict and act against them, like baiting a Zen ult before ulting with Genji.

Positioning and resource management

Using both the basic checklist and the points on the advanced one so far, you should have a really good idea about where you should and where you shouldn’t be. When talking about positioning, you need to be able to answer the following two questions with a yes: Am I safe? Am I able to do my job? (There is a detailed article about positioning. Check out that too!) Regarding resource management, don’t just spam things wildly, but try to predict what the allies and enemies would do and act accordingly.

We advise you to continuously think about the above, you should use all this to make good decisions. Try to use it to predict what your team and the enemy team has in their heads and make your own decisions along the info you gather. Knowledge is power!

We hope that by learning about decision-making basics and having a checklist on what to pay attention to will help you gain more SR. You can also print out the list to have it around when you are playing.😉

This article was created with the professional support of Overwatchdojo

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