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Here at EloTalk, we love to talk about Overwatch – a sentiment that’s apparently shared by a great number of people on the internet these days – and the hype for Overwatch’s opening day is unreal.  Fortunately for all of us addicts out there, Blizzard decided to push it’s release out a day early! It’s important to remember that while this might be your first time playing the game, a good chunk of the people playing will have the advantage of experience on their side. With that in mind, here’s a list of things to help you even the playing field:

1. It’s okay to suck!
I hate to lead with a cop-out answer like this, but when you’re new to something, inexperience is just a raw part of the deal! Overwatch has a skill floor just like every other game out there, so if it takes you a while to get used to the maps and the characters, that’s okay! Don’t beat yourself up. Remember that sucking at something is the first step on your way to being good at it.

2. Swap heroes!
Overwatch’s enormous cast of characters can be pretty overwhelming at times, but every hero has a counter. It’s entirely possible that the reason you’re not playing well is that someone on the enemy team counters you, or that your hero is not as useful at the map/objective you’re currently playing. Everyone wants to play their favorite character all the time, but you’ll have to be flexible if you want to win. Don’t be afraid to expand your repertoire; hero swapping is a vital part of every game.

3. Knowledge is power!
Every character has a counter pick. Some might have harder counters than others, but it doesn’t change the fact that every hero out there is good at something and weak elsewhere. Knowing the maps, along with hero mechanics and how they perform is one of the most important facets of Overwatch.

4. Team composition is everything!
Overwatch is a first person shooter but it’s unlike other shooters out there. What sets Overwatch apart is that it’s a role-based game where each character has specific abilities and fulfills a different position on the team. It’s important to remember that while a six-Winston composition might be fun, it isn’t always going to be a viable choice to win a match. Be sure to fill in gaps in your team – especially tanks and healers, because a balanced team is a happy one.

5. Objectives > Kills
While getting killing blows is extremely gratifying (don’t lie, you know it is) it’s important to note that Overwatch has no deathmatch mode. It doesn’t matter how many kills you have if you aren’t fighting over something that matters. While doing damage and killing people might feel like you’re doing well, it’s important to make sure you’re applying that damage to an objective. Otherwise, you won’t be able to win the game.

6. Handling pesky heroes.
Everyone has one – that hero they hate.  Has Tracer got you down? Bastion stagnating your game? Junkrat keeping you off an objective? BECAUSE MINE IS JUNKRAT, AND I REALLY HATE HIM. Every hero in the game can be frustrating if you haven’t learned to counter them, but a select few of them are known for being a bit more persistent than the rest. Here’s the short list of who we used to counter the worst of the worst:

Tracer: Winston, Tracer, Roadhog, McCree, Mei, Junkrat
Bastion: Widowmaker, Hanzo, Roadhog, Pharah, D.Va
Genji: Mei, Zarya, Winston, McCree
Mei: Pharah, McCree, Zarya, Reinhardt

7. Make some friends.
Perhaps the MOST important way to survive Overwatch’s Opening Day is to be friendly. Play your best and be sure to learn as you go, but there’s nothing that’ll make the game more fun for you than finding a group of people to play with. Who knows who you’ll meet, a friend you make while playing might even land you a gig writing about Overwatch for EloTalk.

Have an A-Mei-Zing time!

Remember to have fun above all else :)

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