Overwatch: Koji's Simple Role Guide for Beginners Part 2
This is part 2 of my simple role guide for beginners. If you are looking for part 1 then please click on the link here. The siege is the point in which both teams are gathered and are standing off at a defensible point. In order to fully comprehensively flesh out this phase of engagement in the game, I will explain things from the defending team's perspective first, then move on to the actions of focus of the attacking team. You will notice similar themes in each role which is no coincidence. The key pillars of success in any team game are communication, awareness, and positioning. So if it seems like I may be repeating myself, I probably am.
Defense: Divide and conquer, bait and switch, counter-attack.
Offense Heroes: Offense heroes can do one of two things, support the front-line with effective fire, or flank the enemy back line and force the enemy team to split up to deal with you. Effective fire means that you are placing attacks on enemy heroes and are dealing damage. If you find yourself under too much fire to provide effective fire, then you have to move into a flanking position to do so. When flanking, you need to have an exit route planned and followed should you get into trouble. In either scenario, you are looking to take down high-value targets such as healers and damage threats. If you manage to take down a healer, you will have provided an opening for your team to counter-attack the enemy. Should you need to run away you can lead the enemy into a baited ambush as they chase you through your exit route and into your team. Communicating changes in your situation is necessary to effectively play in this phase.
Defense Heroes: Support by fire is essential to keeping the enemy team at bay. Focusing on entry points on a siege point or down the path travel a payload is a good place to start, but most likely the enemy will be looking to flank you position from the side or more preferably from the rear. You need to keep a close eye on how the various avenues of approach that the enemy will have on your position and decide where best to defend your team from. If your team is mobile, do your best to stick to the payload as your team should focus their efforts on keeping it moving, leaving only one or two to scout ahead. On king of the hill maps, do your best to stay out of direct line-of-sight from the opening of the siege point. Firing on the enemy from a flank gives you more survivability and reaction time should an enemy flanker get through your front-line. Communicate as best you can with your team about enemy positions and don't be afraid to call on your team to collapse on an objective should things get too hot.
Tank Heroes: Tanks need to take the heat off their flankers and defenders by providing the enemy team with a target they cannot ignore. Whether it be providing a large shield, laying down a steady rate of fire on the siege point, or hooking and picking off individual targets. Being a constant and immediate threat with an attacker makes you more likely to be successful. Communicate with your attackers before jumping in front of the enemy team and make sure to look for high threats that will look to flank you and land easy headshots from above. Be ready to collapse on the objective since enemy flankers will most likely be able to get past you without notice or much resistance due to their superior mobility.
Support Heroes: Position yourself between your tank and defensive heroes and do your best to keep them healthy or help them hold the siege as best you can. You must stay out of direct line-of-sight from the enemy otherwise, they will commit their resources to specifically taking you out first. Playing it safe may not always pan out, but staying alive as long as possible so that you can support your teammates with heals, buffs, or even additional damage on high mobility heroes will be essential to holding a siege for as long as possible.
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Attack: Flank, split focus, sustain through.
Offense Heroes: Use your mobility to force the enemy team to collapse on you. Once they begin moving to you, your team should be able to put more pressure on the front-line so that the siege can be broken straight through. Your objective is to target any hard static defenses such as turrets, teleporters, or enemy heroes that are unaware of your presence. If you manage to gain the high-ground then you need to land as many headshots as you possibly can, but don't tunnel vision on a single target and remain mobile. So long as you remain a threat behind the enemy front line, they won't be able to commit to a full defense of a single point.
Defensive Heroes: You are looking to lay down a base of fire and maintain fire superiority of an area for your team. So long as you are in an area, you own that area until the enemy team can commit resources to come after you, leaving their back line without backup. If your team is able to move up, then you should adjust your position accordingly to support your front line from behind to maintain control of an area. If you can maintain a safe distance and accomplish your role then do so, but there will be times when you need to assault the objective with your team so that you can maintain control of it as the team death cycles on overtime. Do not get comfortable in a single spot, staying mobile after taking down one or two enemies will make you even harder to deal with.
Tank Heroes: You can approach an objective cautiously or aggressively so long as you have your team with you to provide fire support. You are looking to make choke points smaller for your team's damage assets to focus down faster by directing their fire on the targets that you attack. Coordinating with your entire team is essential, due to the nature of assaulting an objective being dependent on your attackers living long enough to deal with the defenders. High mobility heroes on the enemy team will be your biggest threat to your team, so try to stay in attack range of your teammates so that you can support them should such a threat appear.
Support Heroes: Supports are looking to maintain whatever is working best for the team to achieve its goals. So if healing a single hero while they do work on the enemy team is what you need to do, then you do that. Do your best to keep your entire team fighting, but there will be a single player that will be doing a lot of the damage that needs to be sustained for your team to take and control an objective. Do your best to keep out of the crosshairs of the enemy team. Try not to overuse your abilities but instead, look for your teammates that will be in a position to follow up with you.
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