Overwatch is my type of game, and currently, it’s my absolute jam. I love just about everything Blizzard have produced, yet something’s dragging the experience down...
It’d make me immeasurably happy if these players made conscious decisions to synergise with their team, but doing that would likely involve playing support on occasion. Nobody wants to, which is baffling when a good support usually garners the most praise post-game. If you play with random teammates online, expect to be the healer very frequently.
In addition to selecting a hero to complement your team and counter the opposition, the given map, game mode and your position as attacker or defender also needs to be taken into account. Overwatch is an objective-based game in which your focus must be playing the objective, yet so many simply chase kills. Whilst eliminations are of relevance, the team with the most doesn't necessarily win, making it dismaying when objectives are freely given away in exchange.
It’s incredibly frustrating to get lumbered with teammates that ensure your repeated defeat despite routinely valiant personal performances, but all players aren’t to be maligned. Some are genuinely fantastic to work with and totally selfless, yet for every match you meet those players there are, unfortunately, many where you don’t.
Blizzard aren’t getting out of this scot-free, as whilst they can’t be held entirely accountable for the actions of their player base, they can be held accountable for having a crap tutorial. The simplistic affair unnecessarily teaches players how to move and shoot, but does nothing to teach different roles, team compositions, counters, game modes and more. Whilst this crucial information is eked out in part by written tips, they clearly aren’t obvious enough.
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