Players tend to jump right into a new game and get frustrated when they’re not seeing any significant improvements. Certain basic mistakes are common among low-ranked players who may lack the fundamental knowledge to help their team secure a competitive advantage.
Hey, we get it — everyone has to start somewhere. So to get you on the right track, and improve your effectiveness in multiplayer matches, Your Overwatch offers a quick roundup of common mistakes players make with specific heroes. Keep in mind there are other valid examples out there as well, these just happen to be among the most popular blunders.
For whatever reason, new D. Va players consider it wise to go searching for healers in the hopes of creating a handicap for the opposing team. On paper, one may assume that her high mobility and diving ability makes her an ideal candidate for the job. But the truth is D. Va’s greatest strength lies in her damage denial, which can create a huge headache for enemy DPS.
D. Va can absorb a ton of damage and her Defense Matrix can eat all forms of projectiles and even ultimates, forcing players to exercise caution when D. Va is in their vicinity. Keep this in mind the next time you find yourself caught in the crossfire, especially if it involves an embarrassing encounter with a Lucio main. There’s a good chance the rest of your team is getting picked off one by one.
One of the quickest ways to create a lack of trust among your squad is to mess up activating Reinhardt’s Barrier Field in battle. Though he’s not the most complex character to pick up, allies will depend on your ability to establish a safeguard as they press through enemy lines.
Most new players can’t seem to resist the urge to prematurely activate his shield on a whim. As such, you may find the Reinhardt user has difficulty knowing when it’s best to take cover to recharge their shield, or simply peek and let DPS do the same.
Whether enemy forces or your allies decide to regroup for an offensive play, it’s important to minimize probing damage. And now that Roadhog’s usage has become more prevalent in multiplayer games, you could run the risk of having your personal shield destroyed quickly, leaving you exposed to getting picked off in seconds.
Anyone who’s come across an experienced Mei player knows she’s a force to be reckoned with. On the other hand, Overwatch has its fair share of subpar players. So how do you spot one? Well, if they’re not taking full advantage of her Ice Wall in a match, it suggests they’re still a Mei-in-training. The ideal tactic for using it should be to isolate key targets instead of serving as an temporary defensive block.
Another common mistake involves Mei players who make futile attempts to take on Heroes equipped with flying abilities. If you’re expecting to corner a Mercy or D. Va player, you're wasting time better-suited taking on other characters who can't retreat to the air.
Some Mercy enthusiasts are still focusing on playing for high-value Ressurects, which remains a common mistake with in the latest update. It was an effective tactic in previous metagames, as it turned games on low-health opponents by restoring allies to full health.
However, recent lineups often consist of high-HP tanks, greatly reducing the swing advantage. Should you decide to take an interest playing Mercy this season, put a bigger focus on key revives instead of attempting to score massive Play of the Games.
Ana players tend to overlook the effectiveness of her Biotic Grenade, one of the low-key best abilities in the game. Sadly, some make the mistake of wasting the move when there isn’t an urgent need, or apply it on a single ally. If you’re planning to play support, keep in mind that your role as a healer is vital to the team’s success. Keep a close eye on anything marked purple and keep your teammates in the game.