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Top secrets to help you win every Overwatch team fight

Published: 4/Sep/2020 0:07

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch guide has revealed the best tips for winning team fights and making sure you rank up fast – just in time for the 24th season of Competitive.

Team fights in Overwatch are critical moments in the game where both sides engage in combat with one another in order to gain control of an objective. Winning these fights are a must, as they are key junctures in the game that will ultimately determine victory or defeat.

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The first tip to understand is when to engage. This is normally right after the “poke phase” begins, when teams are standing in a choke behind a barrier waiting for an advantage.

Getting a pick (eliminating an enemy) or finding an opening, such as an enemy cooldown being wasted, should always be go-time, Blizzard Guides explains.

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The poke phase leads to the engagement phase.

This then leads into the engagement phase, where you take advantage of said opening during the poke portion. This is right before fights get their most chaotic, but also when you should be activating Ultimates.

The best option here is to engage onto easy targets and focus fire. The more people shooting at an enemy increases their likelihood of dying.

Next up is the mid-fight, where Ultimates are getting value, confirming frags or reinforcing the team either through healing or support.

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Finally comes the clean-up phase, where the team who did the most work and scored the most kills takes down remaining members of the enemy and focuses on Ultimate tracking.

It’s also important to note that staggering the enemy is big here, as killing the remaining foes, such as a baby D.va as late as possible, will keep the enemy from regrouping right away and let your squad get a positional advantage.

The guide goes further into detail about the concepts of space, tracking Ultimates, and dry pushes – all factors that can help you lead your Overwatch team to victory. It’s definitely worth a watch.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.