I tried to improve since season 2

– My experience with Omnicoach- 

I tried to improve since season 2

– my experience with Omnicoach – 

Hi, my name is Fuuya and this is how I got acquainted with coach Aiki.

My background

I’ve been playing OW since open beta and I’ve tried to improve since season 2 by my own, which kinda worked but was very slow as I had no previous experience in git gud at MOBA games.

I looked at the prices for paid coaching and instantly closed the website because it’s just too much for a college student who is just a casual gamer. I also played in a team since season 4, we had lots of fun and improvement – not as much as with a coach (duh) – but still. I got from mid plat to mid diamond. I would recommend playing in a team to anyone who has the time. It’s awesome. (Plus the Overwatch Dojo YT channel just did lots of videos on how to start playing on a team, it’s worth checking them out. Maybe you’ll see me in the community coaching channel 😉 )

Then my big break came, University just got too much and my real life was growing a lot, so I took a break from Overwatch. The few times I played per week, I really just wanted to enjoy the game but still improve, coaching was obviously way too expensive for just one to maybe a few hours a week.

As a computer science student, I really liked the idea of an automatic coaching system, so when the team announced it, I was interested, followed and gave feedback on the early stages of development. After not so long, they invited me to their alpha tester team, with the task to give constructive feedback. There was A LOT. But I really liked the development route the team took, user feedback was highly involved (It felt really great to be part of a project that was bigger than anything I was involved with yet) and there always seemed to be a good mood among the team and the testers. I am really proud to be part of what they (with our „guidance“) put together because it’s awesome to help build something you can actually use yourself and not just put it on a shelf or never be part of it again.

My experience with Omnicoach

The following is my experience with the service and my opinion on who should use it and who should not. I’ll also compare it a little to paying a coach to, well, coach you, because that’s the best usual way to get professional help on how to get better.

Omnicoach is really easy to use, you just upload a video, wait, make a coffee, do some homework, and when you come back after about half an hour to an hour, your analysis waits for you. No need to get in touch with a coach and agree on a day, it’s an on-demand service. The structure of the analysis is straightforward and motivating. It shows you what you did great, when you did great and how to improve at the very top. If you want, you can stop right here and just do the exercises it gives you. Or you can continue further down the page to get a deeper understanding and improve your game sense actively. This structure is perfect for new players as well as more experienced players. New players can stick to the top, building the basics needed for the game until they build enough understanding to fully grasp the lower section and go try to understand more advanced situations.

Furthermore, as everyone has his or her own playstyle, Omnicoach doesn’t dictate you how to play. It asks you questions and gives you guidance to get better at your own playstyle and develop it. This kind of teaching may seem a bit harder at first, but it’s way more effective as you come up with the solutions yourself and not just write them off a blackboard or something. Omnicoach also costs less than a session with a professional coach. You can get more videos analyzed with the same amount of money (or just spend less and get fewer videos analyzed). This looks especially convenient for teams in my opinion, as they can get feedback on every POV – it is a double-edged sword though. Omnicoach can’t analyze the team synergy (yet) and will therefore not help you with team-related questions. It will help you improve individually tho. Another drawback Omnicoach has is that you can’t ask it questions like you can with a coach. It’s also not good for meta related coaching, as the engine can’t adapt to the constant changes, that’s why it stays a bit more shallow.

Final thoughts

If you’re on the casual side of OW but want to improve for a little money, go for it. If you’re mid Masters and above, maybe try it out, but it probably won’t do much for you. If you want to try out a coaching like experience, but are not sure whether you’re a person to listen to others, try it out. If you’re new to the game and want a quick start into understanding the basics of the game, go for it! It’s a great choice.

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