The 5 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When the Overwatch Beta Returns





The Overwatch closed beta is returning on February 9th, and new beta invites should be going out before too long. If you're hoping to get into the beta and start playing the most exciting new game of 2016, you'll want to avoid some simple mistakes that'll reveal you as the brand new beginner in your very first match. 

Mistake #1: Not Paying Attention to Team Compositions

In Overwatch there are roles that each character falls into, including offense, defense, tank, and support. Each team has six heroes on it, which means that more than one person will be playing some of the roles, creating a wide variety of different team compositions based on roles and individual heroes. Players haven't developed a meta-game regarding these roles just yet, but you still need to be thinking about what roles your team currently has, which ones they need, and which ones will counter the enemy team.

There will be times you need to switch to a tank hero so that your team has someone to absorb damage. There may be instances you need to add another offensive hero to help secure kills or pressure an objective. You may even want to add in a second support hero to fend off approaching enemies while holding a precarious position. Don't play only one role because it's your favorite or the easiest, or your teams will suffer. 

Mistake #2: Forgetting About the Objective

Many new players go into Overwatch trying to play it like a deathmatch style of game. Hero kills don't mean anything unless they're directly supporting your team's efforts towards securing the objective. Having the most kills doesn't do a darned thing, and only the objective can actually win you the game. Getting lost in all the action and chaos can be quite easy with a game this fast and beautiful and dynamic, but constantly try to remind yourself that you're working towards a common goal and you need to focus on it.

Mistake #3: Not Focusing Down the Support

Like in any other game where there are characters who heal, in Overwatch you need to burn down the support hero if you ever want to win a fight. If you let them sit in the back and heal up the more dangerous members of their team, you'll be doomed from the start. Occasionally that's as simple as shooting at the healer instead of shooting at the big easy-to-hit tank, but many other times it requires some creative thinking, alternate paths, and new angles. You may even have to switch your hero to set up kills with a more aggressive offensive character. Pay attention to how, who, and when they're protecting their support and find ways to answer it. 

Mistake #4: Not Alternating Between Heroes

Overwatch does something a little different, in that you're never locked into a single character throughout a match. You can change heroes any time you're in the base, and it's quite important that you do so most of the time. Knowing when to switch heroes, and knowing who to switch to makes Overwatch a very strategically complex game. 

If the enemy team is beating you with burst damage, switching to a tank might slow them down. If you're having trouble penetrating their backline, perhaps switching to a mobile offensive character will get the job done. You may even have to change to a support to keep your team of aggressive players alive throughout engagements. Just pay attention to your team's needs, potential counters to the enemy team, and adjust on the fly as needed!

Mistake #5: Forgetting to Use Your Alternate Fire 

This one is quite simple, but it's something I've noticed a lot of players doing. Don't forget to use your weapon's secondary firing mode! Many characters have two ways to shoot their guns, and depending on the situation, one will be vastly superior to the other. If you're not utilizing every tool that's available to you, then you're only playing at a fraction of your full potential. 

And there you have it, the 5 most common mistakes of new Overwatch players. Avoid these errors, and your first day in Overwatch will be an amazing one full of kills, wins, and fun! 






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