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Overwatch: The Fundamentals (That Everyone Ignores)

Everyone that’s ever played a multiplayer game has definitely been frustrated with their teammates at one point or another.

It’s especially hard for people who are very independent to play with others because when you lose, it’s so easy to blame everyone else for the loss. Overwatch, with over 30 million players worldwide, requires you to rely on your friends or complete strangers to win 6v6 and 3v3 matches with varying rules and goals. The basics of playing together are easy enough to understand – work together, capture a point, kill the enemy team – but in many cases, I’ve found that these fundamentals are completely ignored.

The following is a list of just a few Overwatch fundamentals that seem obvious but often go way over people’s heads, resulting in lots of name calling and tea-bagging – or at least in my experience.

1. Stand on the point to capture it

Everyone and their mother knows that the big bright circle in the middle of the map means you’re supposed to stand there to win – but for most players it’s just “An Annoyance” as Widowmaker would say. I’m looking at you, Genji, Tracer, and Sombra mains; I know you’re all flankers but when the rest of the team is dead, even standing on the point for five seconds can mean the difference between winning and losing.

2. Being near the payload makes it move

You know that big hover car that starts moving once the first point is captured? You’ve already done step one, capture the point, good job! Now it’s time to get that car to the finish line but in order to do that you have to be near it. Just telling the payload it’s pretty isn’t going to make it move, trust me.

3. Your teammates are your friends

In team games, it’s important that you rely on your teammates, so stop acting like all of them forgot to put on deodorant this morning and group up together. Don’t go in one by one, don’t try to take down both tanks by yourself because they’re low on health, and don’t abandon your team to go after someone. Please, and thank you.

4. Manage your ultimate ability

If you’ve played as much Overwatch as I have – and that’s a shameful amount – you’ll know that there are lots of ultimates that are great when you combine them together with your teammates’ ultimates. Zarya’s graviton surge doesn’t do a whole lot if you use it alone, especially with none of your friends around. Try combining it with Solider 76, Pharah, or Roadhog’s ultimates. Enemies are a lot easier to hit when they’re all stuck together in a ball. You can also try Sombra and D.va’s, Reinhardt and Pharah’s and tons more combinations.

5. Use those voice prompts to your advantage

I know that sometimes it seems like “I need healing” is the only important voice prompt and that spamming it eight million times will make the healer heal you faster, but believe it or not, there are other voice prompts that work just as well, especially if you and they don’t have a microphone. “Group up with me” is a great way to say “Let’s go in together,” “Understood” is a valid response to someone typing in the chat “There’s a Bastion in the top right corner of the point.” Voice prompts let you communicate with your team even if you can’t type or talk to them.

These are just some of the more important fundamentals of Overwatch that people seem to ignore. If you can think of some good ones be sure to comment below. In the meantime, practice using these rules in your next Overwatch game and maybe your teammates won’t blame you for all of their misplays. I can’t make any promises though.

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