Here’s a guide on how not to die in the brand new hectic mode
TRADITIONALLY, Overwatch has been a team-based game right from the start. No matter how good you are, it’s almost impossible to defeat a team with coordination especially if you can’t work well with your team mates.
On the recent major updates in the game, Blizzard has added a new mode called Deathmatch, where everyone is fighting against one another to see who can get the most kills.
The new mode is essentially the classic free-for-all game mode that’s been available in other popular first-person shooter games.
Each round consists of up to eight players and each player’s objective is to subdue as many enemies as possible using any hero of the player’s choosing.
You have no team mates in this mode and the game ends when either one player reaches 20 kills, or time limit goes down to zero.
Here are some tips and tricks to conquer Deathmatch.
1. Choosing the right hero
You need to choose the right hero first. There is no universal best hero choice especially when everyone’s play style and shot accuracy is different.
For example, if you are confident with your aim, you will be better off with heroes such as McCree and Hanzo. Otherwise, it’s best to stick with Winston, Symmetra or Junkrat as the former two don’t require aiming and the latter has an area-of-effect damage.
Don’t disregard the support heroes either just because they’re not as effective in taking down enemies as offense heroes.
Mercy can regenerate her health and still pack a punch despite being typically viewed as a pure support type. It all depends on your play style and how comfortable you are with each hero. Experiment and see which one works best for you.
2. Don’t be afraid to change heroes mid-game
While choosing the best hero is important, sometimes it can be detrimental. This is especially true when your opponents are using a hero that can counter yours easily.
If that happens, just remember that you are not stuck with the hero of your choosing until the end of the round. You can freely change characters while you are waiting to respawn.
Aside from changing to ensure that you have a better chance at winning, another good reason to change heroes during Deathmatch is to counter specific players in that particular round.
If you happen to notice a Genji player doing a bit too well in the game, change to Winston or Symmetra to counter that.
Try and learn as many heroes as possible so you can be a versatile player and be ready to adapt to any situation.
3. Be aware of respawn times
In Overwatch’s Quick Play and Competitive Play modes, it usually take 10 seconds to respawn in the game after being subdued by enemies.
It gets even longer if the rounds goes into overtime and you have no choice but to wait it out. In Deathmatch, however, the respawn mechanic has been adjusted to fit better with the mode.
In this case, respawn time has been cut down to about three seconds. You can choose to not press the respawn button and wait until the game respawns you automatically but that will have you wasting valuable game time and thus, it may minimise your chances of winning the game.
4. Map awareness
Unlike the usual maps in Overwatch, Deathmatch has very specific maps. It has maps that are unique to the mode and some of the regular maps have been repurposed for the mode, which means having extra doorways and also a more limited playing space than usual. To maximise your chances of winning, you need to have strong map awareness.
You need to know where the health packs are located as well as which areas of the map are good to ambush your enemies.
At the same time, you also need to be aware of your surroundings such as the sound of your enemies’ footsteps, so you don’t get caught off-guard. It may take a few losses to get used to each map but it will be worth it in the long run.
5. You don’t need 30 kills to Win
As a single round of Deathmatch ends when either player reaches 20 kills first or the timer runs out, there is a misconception that the only way to win in this mode is to be No.1 in rank. To win in Deathmatch, all you have to do is be in the top four players of the round.
Even if the player in first place manages to score 20 kills and you happen to only have five, as long as you are listed within the top four of that round, it will count as a win for you.
As such, if you know that you are already in the top four ranking and the game is about to end, it may be a smarter idea to either hide so other players will not be able to get a point from subduing you, or finding the player in first place and let him subdue you so the game will end early.
With these five tips and tricks, you will definitely find yourself having a much better chance in conquering Overwatch’s new Deathmatch mode.
The key here is to practise so you become familiar with the heroes as well as the game environment, and to play smart. It would be unwise to be gung ho and go all out without a plan as that would make you an easy prey for other players. Adapt and respond to the situation as efficiently as possible and you will be nabbing those weekly loot boxes in no time.
Contrary to other game modes, Deathmatch has no teams. Instead, eight players will compete amongst themselves to be the first to reach 20 points, and there is only one winner.
Each final blow on an enemy is worth a point. Assists will not reward any points, and being killed by another player won’t set back the player’s score.
However, if the player commits suicide in any way, they will be set back one point. The minimum score is not 0; a player who has been set back enough will have a negative score.
At the end of a match, Athena will announce the rank of the top 4 players while the other players will hear “Match Complete” rather than their rank. To earn a win toward the arcade Loot Boxes, players only need to be in the top four rather than be rank one.