How to improve

by reviewing your Overwatch games

How to improve

by reviewing your Overwatch games

This guide is about securing your improvement by reviewing your game and learning from your losses. If you feel stuck in your current rank, doing the same mistakes again and again, we are going to explain how to overcome these obstacles and start climbing. 

It is a normal to enjoy the game and improve vastly in the beginning, but getting better gradually becomes harder and harder. If you just got to ranked games and do the same mistakes again and again, you are going to feel stuck soon. This creates frustration and anxiety. We are going to show you a way to become better in Overwatch by reviewing your games, finding mistakes in your game and then concentrating on fixing those. This is something with which Omnicoach can help you a lot too!

RECORDING GAMES

We start at the very beginning: in order to be able to review your mistakes, you need to re-watch your games. This means that you need to record them somehow. There are lots of software you can choose from, the most popular ones are OBS, Nvidia Shadowplay and Plays.tv on PC, Game DVR on Xbox or using the share button on Playstation. 

You don’t need to record in very high quality, keep performance in mind. For example for Omnicoach you need to record in 1080p. Try to find the perfect setting, there are tons of guides about how to set these up.

It is important to start recording at the very beginning of the game, and keep it running until the end screen. You can usually learn a lot more from a lost match than a victory. 

How to start reviewing your game?

Okay, now you have a recording of a (preferably) lost game, but how to start reviewing it? In the beginning, the most easier way to look for mistakes is to find when you died. 

Deaths are the best markers of mistakes, as you can identify the mishap you did that lead to your perishing in the battlefield. 

When the mistake is obvious, it is not hard to identify it. It gets harder as you get more skilled, as a tini-tiny mistake can lead to a lost engagement in higher levels.

WHAT TO DO WITH THE REVIEW

Alright, now you have the knowledge needed to be able to see your mishaps. When reviewing a game, bring a paper and pen and write these errors down. If you make the same mistake more than one time, just start counting it with marks.

At the end of the review, you will have a list of problems you need to work on and the count of how often they are happening in your game. If you want to prioritize them, start with the most usual one and work your way down to the one happening only rarely. This is the foundation for your improvement plan.

Omnicoach will give you all the tips and show you exactly where the mistakes were. All your tips will be listed and prioritized based on their relevance and frequency. Omnicoach 2.0 will also tell you the number of times you have already received a certain tip and also show how much you have improved in the certain matter.

COMMON MISTAKES TO LOOK FOR

Here is a list of common mistakes that can happen on all levels. There are of course tons and tons of more problems that we just can’t cover here, but these should give you a general idea and common error categories, so you have a set of tools to work with.

Mechanical mistakes

Things like not landing your shots or abilities, or not being able to use the character’s movement in a way that would be beneficial. If you miss your shots with McCree, you need to work on your aim. If you fail to hit the enemy with your dash as Genji, you need to practice and experience the range on that ability. If you fail to land your jumps with Winston, it’s a mechanical mistake.

Positional mistakes

When you die in a way that could be avoided, or you underperform heavily with your character you are usually out of position. Examples: you are the main DPS, and you die first. This one implies that you just rush into the enemy and get picked quickly, instead of relying on the protection from your tanks. If you can’t heal your teammates or you are always getting harassed as a support, it is a positional error. Get closer to the team, or take positions where you have a clear line of sight of your team.

Game sense mistakes

If you find yourself always eating enemy ultimates, or getting heavily countered the whole game, it may be a problem with your game sense. This is the hardest topic to identify, but here are some examples: you play Pharah and the enemy swaps to Widowmaker. You are probably dying a lot due to being hard countered, and not because you are not good with Pharah. You are getting killed as Reinhardt all the time because your shield goes down too quickly. You need to play Reinhardt more defensively, not holding your shield to soak damage all the time, but only when your team is about to engage.

Communication mistakes

May be the hardest to identify, as someone may tilt because you say something that you find perfectly acceptable. Stay neutral or positive, never emphasize mistakes, but try to support your team. If no one is communicating, don’t be the one who tells them that they suck. We know that it is hard to find a team with good communication, but don’t make the situation worse. Some good words and nicely told suggestions can win you games. Try to spot if some of what you said caused tilt in your team and refrain from using that wording or style for your own benefits.

Team mistakes

We are playing in a team, but blaming others is never ever beneficial. Spotting mistakes in teamplay is a must however. These can be rooted in the previous categories, lack of mechanics, communication or bad positioning. Try to spot what went wrong in an engagement and work your way back. Others will make mistakes too, but you only need to care about what you did and think about how you could make the situation better.

So these are the top level categories that you can work with. If you want to practice reviewing yourself, you can try out Omnicoach. If you see your mistakes clearly and get info on additional errors that you did not notice, so you can learn a lot. This will help you with your improvement.

A PLAN FOR IMPROVEMENT

Now that you have all your problems sorted out, it’s time to fix them. Again, this is not an easy task, and you may drop some points before you are able to climb again, but you are going to be able to gain a lot more rank if you fix your mishaps. 

So here is an example schedule that you can do: One day will be your play day, the other will be the practice day. 

A session on the play day looks like this

  • You warm up for 10 minutes before getting into ranked
  • You start playing, and keep at it until you lose one game after at least 2 games, or two games in a row.
  • You review a lost match right away. No procrastination allowed here, do this when the experience is still fresh. 
  • Get back to the game and play, repeating these steps.

At the end of your play day, you are going to have an extensive list of problems you need to work on. As a good measure, playing 3 games usually takes around 1 hour, reviewing a lost game is about half an hour. You can calculate how much you can play on a given day.

On the practice day, you start by reviewing your notes from play day and mark two or three of them that you want to work on. (pick the 3 most important tips – if you use Omnicoach) These can be anything that you identified, the count of occurrences is just a helper. Come up with a plan about how to improve that aspect of your play. For example, if you die a lot, aim for a lower death count at the end of the game. You should get the idea.

A practice day looks like

  • Warm up 10 minutes before the practice session
  • Get into a ranked game and work as much on the identified problem as you can.
  • Review every game right after you finished. Were you able to improve the skill that you are working on? If not, why? If yes, can you do better?
  • Repeat this until the end of your practice day.

This is a basic plan, and you can adjust it to your needs. However we are using this as a base for the structure of the analysis in Omnicoach, and so far we have seen great results. Many of the Omnicoach users were able to climb out from the rank they felt stuck in for months in a short time by reviewing their gameplays and practicing what Omnicoach has suggested them (tips, exercises). Of course time is a great factor here, but the more you play, the better results you can achieve.

Thrive for being better, have a solid plan for improvement and you are going to rank up, we are sure of that!

We are waiting for your on our Discord server.

This article was created with the professional support of Overwatchdojo

 

 

 

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