I’ve been playing a fair bit of competitive Overwatch this season in a bid to try and improve my rank and overall gameplay. I’m someone who likes to try and communicate a little bit whilst playing, but I’m not overly chatty, generally it’s just call outs about the enemies where abouts and trying to combo ults or pushes as a team.
But I’m stuck, I’m stuck in silver and I’m starting to feel like it’s not my fault.
I’m not the greatest player I admit that, but I’m good enough to hold my own and this is one of the reasons why I feel like ranking up is, in part, out of my hands. It’s a gamble whether I will have a team that wants to play together, or whether I’ll have someone who tilts after 2 minutes and quits. The matchmaking this season feels completely random, teams can be put against each other with huge SR gaps between them. But it’s mostly that people just want to do whatever they feel like with no consideration of what the team might need – in a nutshell people pick their ‘main’ and stick to it no matter what.
Some of you may be aware of a Youtuber called Stylosa who runs the channel Unit Lost Gaming, he does a great coaching series called Overanalysed, where players send in footage of their games and he comments on them in a bid to help the improve and go up the rankings. I’ve watched almost all of these videos and have a good understanding of what I should be doing with the characters I use the most, but it’s becoming clear, that just relying on improving on a personal level isn’t enough.
I just don’t understand why people play a team based game in competitive when they don’t want to work as a team. Now, if Overwatch was a game where you could carry others on the back of killstreaks as you can in something like COD or CSGO, then I’d be ok with it. But Overwatch is a team game made up of multiple roles that people will need to play in order to stand chance. If you have a bad composition and no communication, chances are, you’re going to have a bad time.
I’m not asking people to tell me their life story whilst playing, hell you don’t even have to say a word, but at least listen to the people that are talking and trying to help you. If I’m asking you to group so we can push as a team, do it!
I have one very specific example from this season stand out in my mind. I was playing as Lucio and we were attacking the last point on Hanamura. I was trying to get the team to group up as I had my ult and wanted to push in together. I first tried getting people to group up via voice comms, that didn’t work, I then tried using the quick voice lines “Let’s group up here” thing, that also didn’t work. I was stood watching them, one by one; walk in to the point and die, over and over. I don’t understand what’s going through their heads…
I’m not the type of person to instantly tell someone to switch if they pick Hanzo, because you might be a great Hanzo and terrible with anyone else, that’s fine we can make it work, but you still need to work as a team. Surely these YOLO players want to win as well? It’s also helpful if people can play a couple of heroes with some degree of knowledge. But way too often, as I mentioned, people load in insta-lock their ‘main’ and refuse to switch, but they’re happy to tell everyone else who they should pick. This is also becoming more of an issues because players who switch or ‘flex’ to other heroes in games get punished more for a loss.
This is due to the way SR works, very simply put, SR compares your performance to others who play the same hero at the same level as you. So if say, half way through a game you switch from Mercy to a DPS character, your stats for the DPS character won’t look as good as someone who’s played the whole game as that character, therefore meaning it looks like you didn’t play as well so you lose more SR. This is clearly causing people to staunchly stay with whatever hero they pick at the start and it’s a problem that needs addressing. After Overwatch is a team game, and players who are working to try and create a better team by switching should not be punished for it.
I don’t know what the answer is here, but it’s really starting to make me not enjoy competitive Overwatch.
Basically, I’m triggered.