Okay enough with the Lucio quotes.

From the great minds at Blizzard comes Overwatch. An action packed team-based FPS where it’s all about the ‘Team Composition’ (or Team Comp) and making sure you either outplay or counter the enemy team comp and accomplish the objective. Objectives differ between maps, from pushing the payload to contesting a set area of the map. Both teams get a chance to defend and attack.

I basically play this game almost every day. After work and gym, I have dinner and then sit down to either yell at my team to kill the bloody Pharah or yell how good they are. The game is not just another FPS with a single character with different weapons and you try to outplay the others. It’s team based. Either you team up with some friends or you go into the solo queue to hell.

Ello Queue? (Solo hell)

Basically when you don’t team up, you have to rely on five random strangers to help the team win. Either you get a team that’s all good and ready to change, be on comms, and not be salty. OR you get the ten year old who believes Hanzo is the greatest character alive, misses every shot, doesn’t listen or not in team chat, and doesn’t change when needed. Lucky Blizzard are smart. If you ever find a team that’s good and willing, hit the button to team up and they can join your group for all the Overwatch glory of fun and memes.

My Experience

I started off a little late into the launch of the game (near the end of season one). During season, two I got placed in high silver and slowly fell down through the ranks. For season three, I got placed in high silver again but slowly sank to the depths of bronze. Since the next season places you in a rough ±100 of last season, I got stuck in bronze during season four. From there I managed to claw and climb up my way to silver where I met some amazing teammates (Rein and Zarya – you know who you are). We grouped up, smashed our game and got to the glory of gold rank. I was happy with that achievement and ended up on a losing streak back into Bronze. At that point Blizzard nerfed win streaks and I clawed for most of the season to climb out of bronze back into gold.

The issues with Bronze

There are some good people down there but the key to the game is working as a team. At Bronze, there is barely anyone willing to talk or communicate. It’s almost a free for all. There are also lots of trolls and smurfs. They constantly ruin the fun of the game and throw (lose on purpose). It took a long time but I managed to find a few people to group up with and we crawled our way into silver. From that point it came down to a mix of players with talents who didn’t listen or some of the most intense games of my life.

So those are my experiences with rankings. Next up would be closer look at my choice of characters and styles of play.

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