Support Thought Process,

a game sense guide – Part 1

Support Thought Process, a game sense guide – Part1

This guide will explain the thought process of a high-level support player in various situations.

If you are looking to improve your game sense with any support character, or are interested in the general thinking of one to outplay the enemy or to work better with a teammate, keep reading.

Let’s iterate over some questions that can come up during a game and put them in context or answer them. The questions are going to be grouped by topics, ordered by importance. These should give you a good idea of how to think in a pressured environment.

In the first part of this guide let’s start with the most important topic; the thoughts related to yourself while supporting your team. Questions related to yourself are the most important because your first and most important goal is to stay alive to do your job in order to help the team to complete the objective. These make the foundation of our support thought process.

Am I in danger?
As a Support, your goal is to be able to support your teammates as much as possible while staying alive yourself. That means that if you are in a way too risky position, up to the point where it puts you in Immediate danger (you might die any second while having nothing to do about it), then you should reposition yourself as fast as possible. Pull back to safety, towards terrain covers and your teammates, making sure that you make it out alive.

Can I support my team and myself?
A Support hero should be able to charge their ultimate as fast as possible, mostly because these are the ultimates that allow the team to win the most team fights without relying on the enemy team’s misplay. An ideal position with let’s say, a Lucio, is a position where you can heal and speed your team and spam the choke with your basic attack to gain ultimate charge, rather than just spamming choke or staying in the back and not shooting at all. Same goes for all other supports.

Where is the nearest health pack?

Making sure that you always know where the nearest health pack is crucial to staying alive as a support. If you get dived as an Ana or a Zen, you should look to kite back to the nearest health pack while requesting assistance from your peeler support, and if you are playing a mobile support and trying to pick a 1v1 with a DPS hero it’s always good to know that you have a place to fall back to and heal up from near you, and knowing how and where to access it.

Where is the nearest escape route?
Sticking with the topic of positioning, the next query is where the nearest escape route is?
Similarly to the last answer, you should always have a good idea about how to escape if things go sideways. Knowing where to kite to is always important, and it is a plan you should always have in the back of your head. Keep escape routes in mind all the times, and pick the hp packs on the way.

Can I easily escape to cover or safety from this position?

Whenever you try picking fights with DPS heroes or engaging with your team, make sure you play it aggressively but also have a good idea about where you can peek or take cover to keep you alive, then re-initiate. Also, a cover is perfect for heroes like Ana, Zen or Lucio mid team fights because peeking is essential to keeping your team alive while not giving away your position. Staying out in the open with nowhere to cover yourself is never a good idea.

If this position is risky, is the reward I get from succeeding worth the risk?

Overwatch is a game that is all about risks and rewards. The act of playing an off meta-hero can be a high-risk high-reward, but positions are the same. Let’s say you play Zenyatta and you want to get a cheeky kill on their Mercy who is standing right in the open. To do that you must go forward and take a small risk of taking damage with a slight chance of going down in the process. So the question stands, do I take the shot or do I give up? If you are not confident enough in your mechanics, you should probably fall back and look for another opportunity in a safer position, but if you are confident that you can do it, definitely take the risk unless it’s sure death.

What position will be best to fight off the enemy flanker in this team fight?

Peeling for your second support, which is incredibly important in Ranked and Scrims and will be of great value the higher you get in the ladder. What is the best possible position to take to be able to peel quickly and effectively? Use these questions to pick the best position, but pay attention to the flow of the game, and change if needed.

Can I make out a winning scenario in my head from this position for the next team fight?

You should try imagining a winning scenario before the fight even starts so you don’t get lost. Let’s imagine that you play Ana on Dorado, 2nd point defense and you are standing on the high ground. If you can predict the Dva successfully initiating onto the high ground with her Mercy and be able to sleep that Mercy on the high ground after she gets out of position for a split second, that’s it. You won the team fight, no questions asked. Always be a couple of steps ahead. This helps in deciding how to act in the upcoming fight.

What do I have to do to win this fight?

Same as the last question, It’s all about outplaying your enemies and abusing their lack of game sense. You usually want to think about how you can initiate or counter initiate the enemy in a way that will put pressure on them. Try to look for openings, try to learn their style and abuse any weaknesses that you can spot. This is hard to do but benefits you greatly as a player.

What CDs do I have to use this fight?

This also directly correlates to the last question. What do you need to use to outplay your enemies, in order to win the team fight? Think about your abilities and their cooldowns actively. These CDs are mostly Ana’s sleep darts, Lucio’s Boop and other things that will negatively affect the enemy. Make sure you are not wasting them too early and that you are not banking them for too long.

In the second part, we will be writing about the enemy team, priorities, focus and multitasking. Make sure you don’t miss it.

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