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4 powerful tips to help you get better at Overwatch instantly

The more you play Overwatch, and the more you refine your skills, the better you’re going to become at it, and the more you’ll enjoy it.

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Overwatch is one of those games that has seen an unprecedented spike in popularity, perhaps because of high marks from game review sites like Rankcoon. That’s hardly the only reason that it has grown so rapidly, though. It’s also because of beautifully rendered graphics, an expansive world, and fully realized characters that you’ll love getting to know.

If you’re finding that your skills aren’t quite keeping up with those of your friends, though, you’re going to need a few tips if you’re going to improve and impress them the next time you play.

Here are four ways to get better at this fun and challenging game.

Stay Alive

It might seem obvious that if you’re not getting killed, then you’re getting better at a game, but if you’re dying over and over again, you’re quickly going to get frustrated. If you’re going to make a significant impact on the game, then you need to figure out how to stay alive as long as possible.

In games where you’ve lived longer, you’re going to be learning more. Your team may need someone who can disengage from a fight when needed, not throw themselves heedlessly at a superior enemy. Try some matches in Quick Play and try to stay alive as long as you can in those. That will give you some practice for those high profile games that you’re playing with your friends.

Help the Team

If you’re not yet as mechanically apt as some of the other people with whom you are playing, one of the best ways to make yourself useful is to be aware of what it is that they are trying to do and to expend energy supporting them however you can. Overwatch is supposed to be a cooperative game. Communicate with people.

If you’re on voice chat, ask people what you can be doing for them. They may want you to peel by using abilities. They might want your help with finishing kills, or they may want you to go with them to the objectives. As you’re learning, be polite. Don’t ever call people names or use bad manners. 

Try to Slow Down

A common complaint among newbies is that they think that the game moves too fast. They feel that things are always happening. What you should try to do to combat this is to take some matches and try to be present at the moment. Don’t worry about how things are being done, but why.

Think about what the enemy is doing, and what your team is doing to combat them. Once you better understand what a good strategy is, you’ll find that your perception of the gameplay slows down. 

Flexibility Matters

Your flexibility is going to be helpful to your team, so try to learn a wider hero pool. Also practice things like changing up comp mid-match, as this is going to give you a better chance to win. Knowing more heroes will also enable you to figure out when it’s time to make a good swap, like Soldier for Junkrat if that’s what is needed to take down a particular enemy team.

The more you play Overwatch, and the more you refine your skills, the better you’re going to become at it, and the more you’ll enjoy it. Keep practicing, and keep an eye on your teammates to learn from them as you go.

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Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.

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