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Hey there! Communication in Overwatch is a very important
skill! We are going to talk about how to achieve
a better win rate by speaking up and cooperating with your team. Stay with us! Hello guys, welcome to the dojo. Overwatch is a heavily teamplay oriented game
and while personal skill can get you far, you can not ignore the team aspects of the
game. The most important thing to learn is
how to communicate with a bunch of random people in order to accomplish a shared objective. To improve your own game in the long
run, you need to start talking with your team. First of all you need to get your settings
right. You need to join the voice chat and adjust
the volume levels in order to hear your teammates, and to speak to them. The best settings are:
Set Auto Join to Team voice Set Push-To-Talk
Set Voice volume higher to hear your teammates Tinker around with the numbers, find your
preferences.It is usually a good advice to leave music on low volume, effects on middle,
and voice above middle, so you hear the teammates in the midsts of battle. Let’s talk about mindset. Your mindset should be positive. Calm down after every game, and start playing the next with high spirits. Try to do as much as possible to keep this
up in your teammates. These are a bunch of random people that you
want to befriend to win the game. Here is a nice example: So to sum it up:
Always be friendly and positive towards others. Invite the others to join voice chat. Use phrases like: “Hey guys, can you please
join the voice chat?”, or just simply “Hi. Join voice pls :)”.
Try sparking up the conversation right at the beginning. State what your preferred position or character
is. Figure out ways to get them talking. We have met with a player who perfected this
kind of positive reassurement in the team. Watch the footage. He is using in game references and humor to
create a positive atmosphere. From this point, you need to participate in
the voice chat on some level. Eventually you will have to communicate more
and more to climb the competitive ranks. So now that you have joined the voice channel,
let’s learn about the different levels of participation. Feel free to leave a comment below if you
disagree with the system or would love to expand it with your own ideas. Level minus one are players who absolutely
refuse participating in the team efforts, or willfully disrupting the communication. Do not be this guy please. If the player annoys you, mute him altogether
and play with the rest of your team. Level zero is something that can be expected
from all competitive players. You join the voice chat, but only to listen. It is always nice if you state this fact in
the chat, going with “Hey, I am listening, but not speaking, sry” will do. The others will start their game knowing that
they have somebody to rely on when giving information or calls. This is a small step, but the rewards are
great: You will have a lot more information to use
You can cooperate with other members of your team
You can use the communication wheel or chat to combo ultimates with others If you have reached this level, congratulations! You are on the path to victory. Level one is talking. This level can make the real difference between
winning or losing.You are speaking to your team, giving them information in short sentences. You need to always include WHAT is happening
WITH WHOM and sometimes WHERE. It goes like “I will have my ulti in the
next fight”, or “I see a Hanzo on the right ramp”. See the footage for real examples: So these are short messages that the team
can use to make decisions. Oh and you don’t need to know the exact
name of the places on the map, just use your intuition and make it clear. Stairs are stairs for everyone, but they may
not realize a “greek archway”, so keep it simple. Yes, we know that stepping up and talking
is hard for some. That’s why there are just short information
sentences on this level. You must make this happen if you really want
to improve. We have seen players rise whole leagues because
they started talking, getting 500 ranks in a week purely because of this. On level two, you do the same as on level one, but you start calling out detailed infos,
and asking for it. For this level you need to have good game
sense, know what is important for your play and for the team. It means that you are getting more involved
in the game as a team. Things that should be stated and asked for
on this level are: Status of priority targets. Where is that Mercy hiding who I should eliminate? Are there any flankers that could harass me
in the backline? The next is basic combos. Discuss how to work together with your team. For example if you are a McCree and you have
a Roadhog in your team, you can say that you will stun over the Reinhardt so he can hook
him. The next is ultimate combos. If you know that you can use a combo with
a teammate, continuously ask for the charge and discuss how to use it. For example, you can use D.Va and Reinhardt
ultimates together to garantee kills. Let’s watch a gameplay where this is happening: So we got to level 3, this is the level of coordination. You basically relay every information to the
team that you can think of at level two. On level three, you take the role of the team
coordinator. This needs a really good understanding of
team compositions and tactics. Don’t be afraid to be this guy, as a good
leader can easily coordinate a mediocre team to victory. Never forget that you are not a boss but someone
who is helping the players on the same hierarchical level. Do not let your ego dominate anybody. If you are just quarreling with your team,
thinking that you are better, than your true level is -1. And remember, don’t be that guy! What is happening on the third level of communication:
At the beginning of the match, you help the players pick their characters. Try to aim for a solid lineup, and never actually
refuse anything, just suggest ideas. For example: “Widow will be a good pick
after the first point, but I think we need a DPS that can stay with the team. McCree or Reaper would be nice, can you play that?”. After the lineup was chosen, you can start
discussing tactics about how to do the first encounter. If no one else is doing this, you can just
give them your idea. If they are participating, try to agree on
the best idea that comes up. Let’s see a footage about this The next step is when you see the enemy for
the first time. You need to refine your tactics with the fresh
knowledge of the enemy lineup and position. Process the information that the team gives
you and try to come up with solutions. If someone is getting hard countered, call
for a swap. If they bring an attacker Bastion, you can
call for a group up on the high ground, then ask the team to jump on the approaching enemy
together. Things like this. Be creative and try to adjust the team for
the better. The last thing, that is a more advanced topic,
is taking the role of the shotcaller. This is a complex role, where you call what
to do, how to group, who to kill, what ultimates to use. Learning how to do this is hard, but it is
doable.The role of the shotcaller is so complex that it would take a video to explain it in
detail, so we won’t cover it fully here. Okay now you see that leading the team is not
an easy job with random people, but if you are able to get them together and make them
listen to you, it can easily win you the game. If you feel unprepared for this role, just
let someone else take it. You can always get more game knowledge by
watching videos like this, or analyzing pro games. Keep practicing! We hope that you got a good idea about communication
in Overwatch. For the last footage, we have an example of
epic coordinated team-play between random people in solo queue. If you like what we are doing, please subscribe
give us a thumbs up, and leave a comment below. Let’s see that gameplay. See you guys next time!

41 Replies to “Overwatch How to Communicate – Communication and Mindset – Game Sense Guides OwDojo”

  • I think for the second level of participation, a player shouldn't have to ask his team about the status of priority targets. Being aware of priority targets is more important and asking your team because you can't track them yourselves only clutters comms with a question that shouldnt be asked in the first place.

    Other than that great video! Visuals are spot on!

  • I wish I could talk more. But I'm not very talkative. I try but I just cant think about things to talk to the team. Only simple callouts sometimes. But that wont help if my team is toxic and refuses to change/listen/react :/ So this video helped me alot. Thanks for this!

  • Love your videos, keep it up! Just one bit of advice for future videos: I had to keep adjusting the volume up to hear the in game examples, and back down so your commentary wasn't quite as loud. The editing quality of your videos is amazing though!

  • Hey man , great video. I just want to ask for that shotcaller guide. I've only come across ons in my whole OW carreer, and it was amazing. Its something i'd like to achieve. Im already at lvl 3, but i shink shotcaller and lvl 3 are still a huge diffrence. I play at Master rank atm.

  • I've gotta reinforce how important this is; I'm no spectacular player in my mechanical abilities, so I play tanks and really try to help coordinate because I have pretty good game sense. Before I started communicating though, I had almost dropped to 2000 SR. After I started communicating and helping the team get more organized in soloqueue, I have risen almost 1000 SR to above diamond. Never underestimate voice comms, and please please please, at least listen and ping your ultimate if you can't talk!

  • Whenever I get a team that all has mics we always win so hard, but it seems like when I am the only one with a mic it's very hard to win and perform well. I did poorly in season 2 because I just started playing the game and went into comp at 25 without really finding the heros I was good at or practicing enough and now I am stuck on the border of low Plat and High Gold, a place where so few people have mics or seem to know the most basic things like not going in 1 at a time to die. I feel like I am performing much better now that I found a hero I am good with, learned the strategies and counters, and practiced a lot in QP, but the lack of communication in these teams is just killing me, I can get that good win streak going unless I am in a 4-6 stack with mics. What do you all think about this?

  • How would you suggest handling players that tilt in voice coms?
    I had a few games last night, and my team were upset by how the match played out. They weren't toxic, and we managed to pick up a draw in the end, but I feel if we were all calm and communicating, that we could have won.

  • It is better to say "I have Zarya ult" instead of just "I have ult" in the heat of battle so that your team will know which character has ult rdy to know exactly how to combine, at the same time use the "Z" key to show the ulti percentage .

  • Quite clever using the idea of "levels" to refer to improvement in communication. Everyone can instantly understand, and breaking things down into small things to improve upon is key to success.

  • This is good. But not the most important information. Information about toxicity is more important:

  • I have a fairly important concern as a new player. When I first joined this game, I placed mid-gold, but I think my game sense was still lacking so I fell into silver. Once I got into silver I found myself rising and dropping constantly, and I blamed myself because I figured if I was good enough, I'd climb. So I read/watched guide after guide and watched top level streams and analyzed what they did that I didn't. But I realized that the better I got, the more frustrated I became that no one around me was getting better. I would make calls based on the knowledge I gained, those calls would get ignored, then my prediction would come to fruition and I would find myself being more focused on getting my team to work together than actually playing the game.

    So I decided to try playing without comms and now I'm plat. Logically speaking communication is the way to win games, but my experience has proven that focusing on my gameplay and reacting to my teammates as opposed to trying to cooperate with them has worked out for the better. I'm sure once I get into higher ranks communication will become more and more meaningful and I will eventually have to jump back into comms, but as of right now, explaining that a character isn't working, or trying to discuss a plan just gets me flamed and ends up making me either leave comms anyways or become tilted because my focus is taken away from the game.

    Is there some special secret to dealing with toxic people, avoiding tilting someone on accident, or knowing how to properly relay information so that your team trusts you enough to actually use it? Because when I say "There's a Reaper above us and he's about to ult" and I'm the only one not dead 10 seconds later, I can't help but feel my communication is going nowhere.

    It might sound like I'm simply attempting to counter argument communication being key, but honestly, I loved the small handful of games where I had good comms and it worked in my favor. Thanks for any responses.

    PS: Sorry for huge wall of text, but I had a lot to put into this.

  • There is also one factor in voicechat – in EU we dont all speak the same language natively. So its sometimes harder to communicate.

  • Challenge #1, hard?

    Okay if you say so. I’m one of those “maybe too positive for their own good” types so tilting doesn’t happen for me as often as it does for others.

  • While I join voice on both solo and ranked, I find chat falls into the following categories: 25% some kid being random and talking to someone in his room or another kid on voice about nothing useful. 25% silent or never joined. 10% cursing mad players that blame people. 20% people being friendly and social with no match info. 10% info on they think is helpful but is either obvious or so complicated that by the time you get it sorted it is over. 5% someone asking people to switch with no regard as to if that is a good choice. 5% actually helpful; concise info.

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