Hey there! Communication in Overwatch is a very important skill! We are going to talk about how to achieve a better win rate by speaking up and cooperating with your team. Stay with us! Hello guys, welcome to the dojo. Overwatch is a heavily teamplay oriented game and while personal skill can get you far, you can not ignore the team aspects of the game. The most important thing to learn is how to communicate with a bunch of random people in order to accomplish a shared objective. To improve your own game in the long run, you need to start talking with your team. First of all you need to get your settings right.
You need to join the voice chat and adjust the volume levels in order to hear your teammates, and to speak to them. The best settings are: Set Auto Join to Team voice Set Push-To-Talk Set Voice volume higher to hear your teammates Tinker around with the numbers, find your preferences.It is usually a good advice to leave music on low volume, effects on middle, and voice above middle, so you hear the teammates in the midsts of battle. Let’s talk about mindset. Your mindset should be positive. Calm down after every game, and start playing the next with high spirits.
Try to do as much as possible to keep this up in your teammates. These are a bunch of random people that you want to befriend to win the game. Here is a nice example: So to sum it up: Always be friendly and positive towards others. Invite the others to join voice chat. Use phrases like: “Hey guys, can you please join the voice chat?”, or just simply “Hi. Join voice pls :)”. Try sparking up the conversation right at the beginning. State what your preferred position or character is. Figure out ways to get them talking. We have met with a player who perfected this kind of positive reassurement in the team. Watch the footage. He is using in game references and humor to create a positive atmosphere. From this point, you need to participate in the voice chat on some level.
Eventually you will have to communicate more and more to climb the competitive ranks. So now that you have joined the voice channel, let’s learn about the different levels of participation. Feel free to leave a comment below if you disagree with the system or would love to expand it with your own ideas. Level minus one are players who absolutely refuse participating in the team efforts, or willfully disrupting the communication. Do not be this guy please. If the player annoys you, mute him altogether and play with the rest of your team. Level zero is something that can be expected from all competitive players. You join the voice chat, but only to listen. It is always nice if you state this fact in the chat, going with “Hey, I am listening, but not speaking, sry” will do.
The others will start their game knowing that they have somebody to rely on when giving information or calls. This is a small step, but the rewards are great: You will have a lot more information to use You can cooperate with other members of your team You can use the communication wheel or chat to combo ultimates with others If you have reached this level, congratulations! You are on the path to victory. Level one is talking. This level can make the real difference between winning or losing.You are speaking to your team, giving them information in short sentences.
You need to always include WHAT is happening WITH WHOM and sometimes WHERE. It goes like “I will have my ulti in the next fight”, or “I see a Hanzo on the right ramp”. See the footage for real examples: So these are short messages that the team can use to make decisions. Oh and you don’t need to know the exact name of the places on the map, just use your intuition and make it clear. Stairs are stairs for everyone, but they may not realize a “greek archway”, so keep it simple. Yes, we know that stepping up and talking is hard for some. That’s why there are just short information sentences on this level. You must make this happen if you really want to improve. We have seen players rise whole leagues because they started talking, getting 500 ranks in a week purely because of this. On level two, you do the same as on level one, but you start calling out detailed infos, and asking for it.
For this level you need to have good game sense, know what is important for your play and for the team. It means that you are getting more involved in the game as a team. Things that should be stated and asked for on this level are: Status of priority targets. Where is that Mercy hiding who I should eliminate? Are there any flankers that could harass me in the backline? The next is basic combos. Discuss how to work together with your team. For example if you are a McCree and you have a Roadhog in your team, you can say that you will stun over the Reinhardt so he can hook him. The next is ultimate combos. If you know that you can use a combo with a teammate, continuously ask for the charge and discuss how to use it.
For example, you can use D.Va and Reinhardt ultimates together to garantee kills. Let’s watch a gameplay where this is happening: So we got to level 3, this is the level of coordination. You basically relay every information to the team that you can think of at level two. On level three, you take the role of the team coordinator. This needs a really good understanding of team compositions and tactics. Don’t be afraid to be this guy, as a good leader can easily coordinate a mediocre team to victory.
Never forget that you are not a boss but someone who is helping the players on the same hierarchical level. Do not let your ego dominate anybody. If you are just quarreling with your team, thinking that you are better, than your true level is -1. And remember, don’t be that guy! What is happening on the third level of communication: At the beginning of the match, you help the players pick their characters.
Try to aim for a solid lineup, and never actually refuse anything, just suggest ideas. For example: “Widow will be a good pick after the first point, but I think we need a DPS that can stay with the team. McCree or Reaper would be nice, can you play that?”. After the lineup was chosen, you can start discussing tactics about how to do the first encounter. If no one else is doing this, you can just give them your idea. If they are participating, try to agree on the best idea that comes up. Let’s see a footage about this The next step is when you see the enemy for the first time. You need to refine your tactics with the fresh knowledge of the enemy lineup and position. Process the information that the team gives you and try to come up with solutions. If someone is getting hard countered, call for a swap. If they bring an attacker Bastion, you can call for a group up on the high ground, then ask the team to jump on the approaching enemy together.
Things like this. Be creative and try to adjust the team for the better. The last thing, that is a more advanced topic, is taking the role of the shotcaller. This is a complex role, where you call what to do, how to group, who to kill, what ultimates to use. Learning how to do this is hard, but it is doable.The role of the shotcaller is so complex that it would take a video to explain it in detail, so we won’t cover it fully here. Okay now you see that leading the team is not an easy job with random people, but if you are able to get them together and make them listen to you, it can easily win you the game. If you feel unprepared for this role, just let someone else take it. You can always get more game knowledge by watching videos like this, or analyzing pro games. Keep practicing! We hope that you got a good idea about communication in Overwatch. For the last footage, we have an example of epic coordinated team-play between random people in solo queue.
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