With only two weeks till the season end, it has been a roller coaster ride for players looking to ascend the ladder. I started out this season at around 3300. My season high of season four was around 3400. Pretty close to masters. Only a week or two ago, I found myself at 3585. I didn’t put too much time into laddering. I did just enough to keep rank decay away and when I felt games were well, I kept going.
I clocked in around 23 hours with 103 games played. I won 57 games, loss 44, and tied two games. Not bad right? There’s no secret to climbing ladder. Just find your calling and push forth. I’m a flex player with a preference towards Genji, Soldier, D.Va, and Ana. I try to play around the team and just do my best. Win or loss, I became a better player by watching pros play. With that knowledge, the only way I could develop better game sense (ult management, positioning, knowing which enemy will have ults, etc) was by playing to the point I can instinctively react to enemies on the fly. By developing my game sense, it helped me with my average mechanical skills. I’m not the best at being pin point accurate with my shots, but I know where to position myself to maximize the hero I’m playing.
Now season 5 has been an uphill battle, particularly with the teams I get queue with. Sometimes you get the dream team. Everyone can fill in different roles. There isn’t an overlap in terms of hero pools. It’s great. Then you get teams with multiple one tricks of the same hero and things start to get shaky. It’s a heated topic on the forums and Reddit. People are tired of playing with teams full of one trick Mercys, Hanzos, Widows, etc. I usually try to play around those players and just be flexible. Always try to keep your cool. The last thing I want is me bitching about the team’s poor performance or being hero countered. I power through it and try my best to turn the situation around in favor for the team. If someone really wants to one trick Hanzo or Widow, I’m like
“Ok, you can play it, but if shit hits the fan and you’re not doing too hot, can you switch?”
Something along those along those lines. I’m playing to win and they probably as well. So I try to play flex to maximize the chances of my team winning. Sometimes games are totally unwinnable. I push it aside and move on to the next game. Leavers, trollers, and DCers happen. There’s nothing you can do but push forward.
Season five to most people is a shit show. I think players want to try something new for a change. Overwatch does get stale after a while and people want to try to branch out to different heroes for easy wins, the challenge, or for fun. If you want to climb the ladder, just keep grinding. If you’re on a losing streak, kick back and do something else. I wish all the players in Overwatch much success in their competitive games.
This post was long overdue. I apologize. I have another story I’ll post in the future of a funny ranked game in Overwatch.