DISCLAIMER: I’m not telling you what to do, just speaking from experience and from “studying” the game these past few weeks 🙂
Times to play
This is by far the most important consideration to have. It’s really underrated, but knowing when to play Overwatch will make your gameplay experience a whole lot better. You need to know which days to play, and at what time:
Don’t play Overwatch on a Sunday. Never. Ever. You might have noticed that some days you just have the worst experience; well, try to remember and you’ll realize that they were all a Sunday. The reason for this is that on Sundays, Overwatch has the most players by far, and you’re much more likely to encounter trolls, throwers and bad players. I’m Diamond, but on Sundays I get inexplicably placed with Silvers and Golds, which, no offense to them (i was in bronze before), but is just annoying for me. I found that you can play on Saturdays, but at specific times.
Play Overwatch in the morning. I usually play at 9:00-10:00 AM, and on Saturdays, I would recommend earlier if you can. This is because the population is the lowest in the morning, and there’s barely any young children. If you can’t play in the morning on weekdays, your next best bet is late at night (11:00-12:00 PM). The population is higher then, but there’s no young children.
I know all of this because I have played for a long time and have been looking at queue times at different hours for the past few weeks. I encourage you to do the same!
Heroes to play
I can’t just tell you what to play, since I wouldn’t now. What I can tell you is that I have noticed that to have better games, you want to use a hero you can more easily secure kills with (of all roles). Why? Because that’s how Overwatch games are won.
Let’s say you’re playing Mercy. You’re hard-pocketing an Ashe but she’s just not killing, and you see Ana really out of position. If you killed their Ana, you could much more easily capture the point, but as Mercy there’s nothing you can do. This can also happen when playing Reinhardt, for example. If you leave the killing to you DPS when playing Tank and Support, you’re going to find yourself frustrated a lot of the time, especially in lower ranks. Now, if you’re playing DPS and your Tanks or Supports aren’t doing their jobs, I recommend going for a more self-sustainable or carry-worthy hero.
Don’t play Competitive. I know that this might not apply to everyone, but if you’re playing Comp for your gold guns and you find yourself not wanting to, doing it as a chore or having terrible experiences, then stop playing it. It does feel weird to have been playing Overwatch for so long and not have a single gold gun, but after reaching Diamond I couldn’t handle it anymore and stopped. And I have to say, it’s the best Overwatch has been for me. These 2 simple reasons are why:
Losing doesn’t matter. I can’t stress how important this is in making every game SO MUCH BETTER. It’s literally just GG go next.
You can leave games. Don’t do it if you’re just losing, though. I leave when I have a thrower or troll, or when it’s just an awful game (like Bastion pirate ship or something like that), and very occasionally when I get one of “those maps”…
If you’re playing Competitive because you have fun there’s nothing I can tell you; you’re having fun.