Overwatch player proves simple change can boost your win rate - Dexerto

Overwatch player proves simple change can boost your win rate

Published: 7/Jul/2020 17:35 Updated: 7/Jul/2020 17:36

by David Purcell


Working as part of a team is forced upon Overwatch players, whether it’s with friends or randoms, and one member of the community has discovered one way of boosting the team’s win rate after crunching their own stats. 

There are many different strategies you can choose to explore when loading into Blizzard’s multiplayer title, with different roles on offer among the character list. These include Tank, Damage, and Support.

Having a nice blend of those three is important, of course, although one player has revealed what may be the real difference maker, and it’s simple enough for teams to incorporate right away.

Brigitte rallies her team
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Looking for more wins in Overwatch? One player might have the answer.

Oddly enough, even with it being a team-based title, not everybody in Overwatch connects their microphone.

It’s something that can be particularly frustrating for those who have been linked up with random players and don’t really know what to expect from those around them. And one Reddit user, PLPeeters, has been trying to figure out how much of a difference it really makes to have people in direct communication while playing.

After crunching the numbers of a season’s worth of games, they have come to two interesting conclusions.

I’m a mid-gold tank and I gathered stats on voice chat activity for the last season to see if it impacted my winrate. Here are the results (details in first comment). from Competitiveoverwatch

The user posted: “Voice chat makes one hell of a difference once three or more people are active.”

On top of that, they wrote: “People should always get in voice, even if they can’t talk or aren’t willing to talk for whatever reason (this makes me strongly believe team voice chat should be opt-out rather than opt-in).”

It’s unlikely that players would ever be forced into team voice chat by default in the future like the suggestion here, although after seeing the statistics presented in the post, it’s hard to make the case against teammates using comms to their advantage.

For example, in the comments of the post, PLPeeters states a stark contrast between those using voice and those not taking part in chat. Some of the key statistics from their findings can be found below.

Reddit comment about Overwatch stats
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In a later comment, the user revealed a binomial test on the data they collected revealed three players communicating achieved consistent results.

Having said all this, this post in no way suggests that there is a definite correlation, and the poster stated that in a disclaimer.

They said: “I’m well aware that correlation does not imply causation, but in a competitive team-based game, it seems pretty obvious to me that communication is key, and I think most of you will agree; these numbers just seem to confirm this even more. A bigger sample size would definitely be better, but I can only gather so much data alone.”

It is, however, certainly food for thought for those who are playing Overwatch regularly. You never know, playing with others that aren’t in voice chat might well be harming your win rate, and it might be worth sending those who do communicate a group invite if you do happen to win.


Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer-turned-farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca showed that he is still insane at Overwatch by utilizing a simple trick with the hero Ashe.

Dafran has long been considered one of the best Overwatch players on the planet, despite only spending one stage in OWL back in season 2. While he was known mostly for his sensational McCree, Soldier, and Tracer plays, the Danish DPS star can also frag out on Ashe.

During a December 3 broadcast, Dafran found himself attacking on Junkertown and in a prime position to help his team capture Point B.

On the Ashe, Dafran noticed all sorts of enemies were grouping in a small room they need to funnel through to get into the streets phase area. With his Widowmaker ally using her ultimate to fully reveal their location, Francesca decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ashe leads her team on Rialto
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Ashe can be a big threat with Dynamite.

With his B.O.B active on the other side of the room and the enemies waiting for the big Omnic butler to disappear before they made their move, Dafran threw his Dynamite barely inside.

Ashe’s Dynamite can be one of the most impactful abilities in Overwatch, dealing massive damage upon the explosion and then a bit more over time. Those closest to the explosion take 50 damage with 100 burn damage coming over time.

Once the Dynamite exploded, the enemy Ashe, Baptiste, Zenyatta and Widowmaker were at his mercy. Speaking of Mercy, the Dane had one pocketing him, making sure he inflicted extra damage.

With some simple hip firing, he was able to eliminate the three targets before ADSing to dink the Widow for the quadruple kill – plus, 60% in brand new ultimate charge for another B.O.B.

“That’s an Overwatch League play, dude!” he exclaimed. “Holy f**k, dude.”

The best part about the whole sequence is just how simple it really was, and there is no reason you can’t replicate it in your games. Just remember how easy Ashe’s Dynamite can be to land if you don’t overcomplicate the toss and opt to just hip fire.

It may not be the flashiest, but it can win entire team fights with relative ease. Give it a shot next time you queue up as DPS.