Line Of Sight 

Line Of Sight

Establishing the line of sight and making sure that you are visible to your supports and seeing  your enemies is an important concept in Overwatch. This guide is about making sure that you see your enemies and your supports see you.

Line of sight  😎

While it sounds trivial, lots of players don’t think about this aspect of the game. Line of sight (LOS) is an imaginary line going from the camera to an arbitrary point on the map. There is an in-game setting called Field Of View that can affect your LOS. The wider the field of view, the more you can see on your screen. We recommend keeping this value on the highest setting, as you can use the extra information to see enemies that are not visible on lower settings. Information is power.

LOS and team

So let’s discuss the importance of making sure that your team has LOS on you. When an engagement is happening we tend to forget where we are and concentrate solely on trying to do our job. So you may get into situations where you feel you don’t get the necessary support from your team. But if you review the game and pay attention to the details, you may find that you broke the LOS  somehow and made it easy for the enemy team to kill you quickly.

A lot of times players tend to be too aggressive and die or too passive and fail to do their job. Most often you will be in a team that has both types of players. The aggressive player is going to go down quickly due to the lack of sustain. Therefore if you are an aggressive type of player, you always need to consider if you are safe to engage where you are planning to do so. Of course, sometimes it is worth the risk to break the line of sight and dive in the enemy team to kill a high priority target like a Mercy. However, in most cases, it is better to make sure everyone sees everyone else and avoid situations where the LOS is broken.

You may think that this concept is only useful for supports and DPS characters. Wrong. The takeaway is that you need to be aware of your team’s LOS  to be able to combo effectively and have the biggest impact as a team. Don’t dive to a place where your healers won’t be able to see you. Don’t charge under the enemy shield, or the supports won’t be able to help you.

LOS and enemy

So, it is important to make sure you keep the LOS with your target and break it for everyone else on  the enemy team. It will help you with your positioning if you start thinking like this. We are using a very simple LOS model in the following example to help you understand the basics. Imagine all characters to have a line coming from their head and going towards infinity in the direction where they face. This is the LOS for the given character. You want to make sure that while you are doing your job with your hero you think about these lines. They are more like cones in reality, but this model is a good starting point. Decide which teammate should be seeing you, which enemy should you be seeing and which enemy you want to be hidden from. The optimal position is when you can see your target and your target can only see you. This scenario won’t usually happen in a live game though, but this is what we are aiming for.

Keeping and breaking LOS

You can use certain abilities to create situations where the LOS is broken between key targets and supports and abuse it for your advantage. When you are using the concept of body blocking – standing between your protected target and the enemy to eat some damage for them – you are basically breaking the LOS of the enemy to help your teammate. The tanks in Overwatch use this concept a lot to save teammates and play around enemies. You are dancing in front of the one you are protecting, making sure that they can sneak in those few extra shots without having to worry about getting killed quickly. This, of course, works the other way around too. You can stand between your target and their healers to make sure they are not getting the necessary support to stay alive. This is risky, but usually doable if your healers help you.

Knowing about these things may not be life or death, but they will definitely assist you in many situations and in positioning yourself correctly.

 

This article was created with the professional support of Overwatchdojo

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