Are you a player that wants to break into the growing competitive scene of Overwatch? But you feel like the vast world out there is too big for you to handle alone? Listen to High King Royal’s thoughts, and maybe contact him for guidance.
Hi! High King Royal here. So, you decided you want to take your competitive play to the next level and want to try to prove your metal against other players, to do this you will need to find yourself a team to do so. Now choosing a team is a two-way street, you choose them as much as they choose you. With that said, there are ways to try to build your “resume” to make yourself look good while filling checklist potential teams might be looking for. Whether you are on pc or console these standards are the same regardless of the environment you find yourself in.
The first check mark to clear is, are you of appropriate SR? Are you a high diamond, then you need to tune your search accordingly. I’ve witnessed countless times where I am building or filling a team where I’m looking for a low-mid GM, and I get offers from low masters players telling me ” I play at a GM level.” Don’t be that guy as I promise you I will cycle your stuff through my staff and we will laugh at you behind closed doors, sounds mean but hey you wouldn’t apply to an engineering job if all the experience you have is playing Kerbals space program would you. So it’s on you to find the right SR team and to do so leads me to the next point.
Actually finding an avenue with teams looking for players. In my experience, the only real sources are Twitter and discord. There are many different hubs which curtail their community to certain SR to best help the needs of the members they have. This means you have to do some research, yes that boring thing but is completely warranted if you want to take yourself seriously as a player. Personally, if some of yall need links and invites to various OW discords, I’m more than happy to help and point you in the direction you are looking for. This point is short, but I wanted to let yall know the best ways to actually finding a team as it’s a very common question.
One thing you need to ask yourself is, what separates me from the dozen of other applicants that want the same thing I do. This is what I alluded to earlier with the “resume.” So let’s go ahead and break it down so you can figure out exactly how to build it while also identifying your strengths.
- First, you need to solidify your role accurately, do not bluff as it may blow up in your face. If you are a tank main at heart and dabble in a little hitscan, do not put down that you are an MT-hitscan flex because you may be called to DPS and may fall flat on your performance. Just stick with what you know and what you do best.
- Next comes the experience portion, what do you have under your belt that can set you apart from others. Where you on a T2 team that made it to contenders trials, put that down. Have you been on various teams and have hundreds of hours of scrim experience, let them know. Played in a LAN environment and actually made some noteworthy progress, you guessed it is heard.
- Like in an actual resume be sure to include what YOU are looking for in a team/org so that managers and captains know your motives and it may align with their own which helps the selection process. I would much rather pick up a player who states he or she is willing to work hard to improve as a player, than some vague statement that they want to go pro. Details matter folks!
Those are basic key elements you should include in your Looking For Team (LFT) post and should be taken seriously because that is your first impression and as we all know, first impressions are important.
Now let’s build on the key points I listed to add to your resume. The first two being the most important is what I will focus on the most. Deciding your role will obviously be your main focus and what you can bring to the team. However, each role has side aspects that you can learn to make yourself more valuable. As everyone should know, communication is the trait that will set apart good teams from great teams. While this is vague as to player role, let me explain in more detail to give you a better picture.
Say you are a support main, you should be able to quickly and clearly communicate cooldowns that you have and when you are able to use them. The main thing you need to remember is to make sure you’re not cluttering comms with useless information like “halfway to ult” or “switching songs” this is stuff you are already expected to track and maintain yourself. What are important is things such as “tank guy you are out of sight can’t heal” and “grenade in 3 secs”. Doing this will allow other players on the team to play accordingly as if they are aware of that their life-saving backliners are able to keep them up, they can play a bit more aggressive knowing that support is on them. Also, I would like to add, if you are getting dove, for the love of Kaplan say something, closed mouths don’t get fed, and a Rein or D.Va can’t peel a tracer off you if they don’t even know if there is a tracer on you!
For tank players, good comms are the most important as you are the guy on the front line with the enemy in your face. Similar to supports good comms allows the rest of the team to be in a constant stream of reliable and valuable information. This is where target calling comes into play. One of the most important things you can do for your team is to inform them that you are going ham on the enemy Winston and you need them to focus their fire to ensure he goes down before he can jump back and get healed. The team who usually gets the first pick almost always wins the team fight, exceptions include the use of ultimates of course. Just remember that while you are a big boy who can’t take a lot of hits, the enemy can focus you as well so if you are starting to get slapped you need to back up immediately to the saving arms of your supports. Let them know that the front line is lost, and a fallback is required because you may have a Genji going ham in the backline, then all of a sudden that mercy which he was trying to pick gets reinforced by another 3 players.
DPS is rather simple, yet still important. Calling out who you are driving on is very important, and by doing so, you let your team know who the primary or secondary target is, depending on the comp and the shot callers commands. Also, being able to hear and quickly react to what your team is saying is just as important, if you hear that Pharah is one you need to quickly snap to the target and clip her wings if you are not doing so already. I will keep this section short as communication is important but proper positioning and game knowledge usually out weight the other aspects of play.
Getting experience is often easier said than done and sometimes players can find themselves with the hunger of getting better but can’t find any food to eat. As I mentioned earlier, being in discords dedicated to OW teams and scrims is where you will need to be. What you will be doing if you are not currently on a team is ringing or subbing for other teams. Life happens, and sometimes a team needs to pick up a random, make sure you are that random that fits the bill they are looking for. Similar to what we already talked about ensuring that you are the right person for the job because if you ring for a team on a position, you are not comfortable with just know you will probably never get invited back, which only hurts your reputation.
Working on those qualities will drastically set you apart from the rest of the pack, which is exactly what you need. These are just a few examples of not helping you stand out but are also keep you on the right mentality. To become better, you have to want it, and if you want something you can’t sit around waiting for it to happen. In the wise old words of my college football coach, “GET AFTER THAT ASS!!”
Another few things I would like to bring up is attitude and social interaction. Having the right mind set is crucial for improving yourself whether it’s on the team or on your own time. In this day and age, there are absolutely zero excuses for not being able to self-improve with there being a plethora of sources around the internet. You have people who can view and analyze your games, a coach who can show you ways to improve your play and higher level players who stream that you can learn from. To sum it up, if you are not getting better, it is your fault.
Social interaction is important for not just making the team but building yourself a reputation. As most know reputation is huge in the business world and to tarnish it means that you are working with a handicap. Here are some pointers that are general, but some people just can’t wrap their head around.
- Have some manners – yes this does seem like something so basic, but for whatever reason, it’s a concept some fail to grasp. Yes, sir no sir yes ma’am no ma’am please and thank you. The same stuff your parents have been telling you, it’s not new folks!
- Participate in the conversation – if you are trying out for a team or hanging out with friends who maybe can help you, don’t be afraid to jump in. This lets people know that you can be easily talked to and be a pleasure to have around. Of course, if the subject matter is not to your liking then feel free to sit out
- Be polite and humble – I can not tell you how many times I have turned players away just on the premise of their ego. Thinking you’re the best thing since sliced bread means I’m going to reject you. Always be open to constructive criticism and have an open mind, don’t take advice as a personal insult.
Well, I think that’s enough to get you started on your path to becoming a better player and getting yourself into the competitive scene. All that I laid out, comes from years of experience, and I believe these are some core guidelines that can help you be successful in your future of esports. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me on discord as my door is always open. Thank you for reading and good luck!
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