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  1. Music short circuits my brain while playing Overwatch. Last time, I tried listening to funk music while playing Zarya and couldn't focus enough to get my bubbles right. It felt so strongly like I just couldn't think straight.
  2. Here's what I would do (I take lots of data, so this is literally what I would do): keep track of whatever stats you are trying to improve on every game. Accuracy? KDA? Critical hits? Offensive assists? SR? Ok. So take the stat you're looking at and plot it with time (or the game number you're playing since you started keeping track, like Game 1, Game 2, etc). What do you see? Ideally you'll see that you are improving overall, even if you have off days. Also pay attention to other factors like what maps you are playing. You might just struggle with strategy or positioning on certain maps or against certain comps, but it's not always easy to realize this until you take a few steps back from your games. I realized in S3 that I really really sucked at payload maps -I was great on KOTH!- but I really really sucked on payload maps. Some of what you think of as inconsistency could be another factor. Last, remember that confidence can be a big part of consistency too, especially with accuracy.
  3. She feels less like a healbot (slightly), which is a bonus. The sheer number of rezzes though is insane. I played 8-9 games with her yesterday and easily averaged 20+ rezzes/match (and that was playing conservatively and not going for every death). I think the 5m range was a good choice, but the cooldown on rez could stand to be longer (in my opinion). Since she did lose her invulnerability while rezzing, she feels more like a glass cannon to me than she used to. You definitely have to think about whether you will even be able to get to your rez target. Valkyrie makes you ridiculously slippery though - I got out of some situations that realistically I should have been focused down and punished for being out of position. The teams I played with though definitely weren't used to the idea that we no longer have an undo button if all 5 of them got caught in graviton. Only sound barrier or trance are possibly going to save you now. *team gets caught in graviton, team gets slaughtered by dragonblade* "Hey Punder, rez us!" "I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that." One thing that I would do if you guys are struggling against new Mercy is to guard the corpses. If I see 2-3 people guarding the bodies, I'm probably not going to go for that rez unless I really feel like I have no other choice to save the objective. Going back to the original question: I hated playing her on KOTH maps. She was great on Payload and Hybrid though.
  4. I don't think it's risky, but I think it has more variability. I think you'll climb overall but your game quality could vary wildly so you might have more overall SR fluctuation. I definitely prefer a 6 stack because communication and friendship are fun, but also because I tend to get a lot of harassment in game if I participate in voice comms. Rip.
  5. Caution: some strong language and two bad puns. Some of this guide discusses difficult emotional concerns. If you have concerns about your mental health or the mental health of others, consider consulting a professional. “She was so tilted during that last match, we should start calling her Eileen.” Hi everyone, I'm Punderdome – and I feel my biggest strength in Overwatch is that I have a very high resistance to tilting during a game and I know how to undo my tilt in game when under pressure. Being able to remain calm when something is going very, very wrong is not just an Overwatch skill – it's a big life skill too. The good news is anti-tilting is something that transfers into your academic and professional life that will help you in the future. The bad news is that anti-tilting is a skill that can take a very long time (up to years) to fully develop but you'll come out of it stronger with better emotional resilience. What is tilting? “Coyotes hunt in packs, and so do assholes.” - Ellen Hopkins Tilting is when a player gets very frustrated and/or angry during a match – resulting in bad performance or worse and making it very hard for your team to win the game. (from wikipedia- I thought this was cool): One possible origin for the word tilting comes from pinball machines when a player would try to physically tilt the machine to gain an advantage by getting the pinball closer to the flippers. The machine was programmed if this happened to lock up with the message “TILT” so the flippers were no longer functional and the player automatically lost. Like with the pinball machine, tilting causes a player to mentally lock up and be way less effective in game. As a best case scenario, tilting results in poor performance making a loss more likely. As a worst case scenario, tilting results in toxicity, hostility, throwing, rage quitting, and pretty much ruining the game for everyone involved. You don't want to be that person, so that's why you're reading this. Why do people tilt? “It's only a game, why do you have to be mad?” - Zarya/Ilya Bryzgalov I'll rephrase that a little bit: why would losing one game (or potentially losing one game) bother you so much? Losing one game (even as a pro player) does not mean that you are a failure or doomed for all eternity. Before you can stop tilting, you need to try to figure out the key reason that you start tilting in the first place. For many people, the root causes are often emotionally uncomfortable things. Again, if you have concerns over your mental health or the mental health of others, consider consulting a professional. I came up with a couple of reasons below why I think people tilt, but you need to sit down and figure out what your reasons might be. They might be some of, all of, or none of these reasons. Poor Self Esteem/Insecurity: I think this is the most common reason that people really tilt and lash out during a game. If you're using Overwatch and winning and SR as a major source of self-esteem, then losing is a direct challenge to your own sense of self-worth. Overwatch SR and winning is never a measure of how valuable you are as a person. Unhealthy Stress Release: Being really stressed out makes your brain do some horrible things. If you're stressed in real life, it becomes very easy to relieve it as little bursts of anger, frustration, and rage. Stress can lower your abilities to prevent tilt very severely such that every lost teamfight feels like a critical failure in your mind. Projection/Denial/Ego: “I'M NOT BAD! YOU'RE BAD!” It's important in Overwatch (and real life) to be very objective about your abilities and weak points. If you can't do that, it becomes very easy to blame everyone and everything else for your mistakes. The Hanzo on your team isn't playing poorly, he can't work because you're not creating space for him as a tank. However, it's way easier to blame the Hanzo than it is to admit that you messed up. Real Life Sucks: It's really easy to bring in real life problems into Overwatch, even when Overwatch is supposed to be an escape from real life shit. If things aren't great in real life and you can't separate your emotions, then you start to bring in your distress into all of your games. “No one listens to me” in real life then becomes “no one listens to me” in game, for example. This is my personal trigger, as I am more likely to start tilting when I'm actually stressed out about work. Burnout: Burnout sucks. Your brain starts to shut down in weird ways and can result in things like depression, cynicism, physical illness, apathy, etc. If you feel like you “literally can't even” - you may be in this category. The source of your burnout can be Overwatch or it can be real life. How to Stop Tilt – In Game and Out of Game “Needing to have things perfect is the surest way to immobilize yourself with frustration.” -Wayne Dyer Stopping and reducing tilt happens in a couple of stages. There are some things that you can do to stop yourself from tilting in the middle of a game, but being able to reduce tilt overall will take time. As an overall timeline: Short term (in game and within 24 hours): I am so tilted right now, what do I do? Medium term (competitive seasons): Starting to address those key reasons I get tilted in the first place. Long term (1-2 years): I want to be objective, calm, take criticism well, and tilt very rarely. Keep in mind that not all of these strategies may work for you, and they may take time or practice. There is no one method or technique for developing emotional control and resilience. You need to find what works for you, but here are some suggestions. Short Term – Triage for Tilting “I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.” -Frank A. Clark You are in a game and notice you are starting to tilt. Can you stop it before you get frustrated? Here are two good short term options for reducing tilt while still being in game: grounding and humor. Grounding is a set of techniques to prevent your emotions from spiraling and keep you focused on what is happening in the present (it also works wonders for anxiety and stage fright). One way to do this is to narrate what you are doing (preferably not with open mic). Saying things like “I am wall riding around the point” and “I am switching from speed boost to heals” can prevent you from simmering in your own frustration by forcing your brain to consider only what you are doing and what plays you are making right now. Humor: this is self-explanatory but it's hard to be super pissed off while also laughing. Think of something that makes you laugh or a funny story in/out of game. You can't always use this one on other teammates – they may just get angrier – but you can think of something funny internally to interrupt your own tilting. Post Game “I will break you.” - Zarya If you are tilted: take a break. Take many breaks. Go do something else for a while. Medium Term – Improving Resistance to Tilting “To be a champion, you have to learn to handle stress and pressure. But if you've prepared mentally and physically you don't have to worry.” -Harvey Mackay This is where you have to sit down and start addressing the root causes of why you tilt in the first place. This is not necessarily an emotionally comfortable space. In terms of developing better confidence or relieving stress – you are the only one who can do those things for you. Here are some suggestions for helping to improve self-esteem, reduce stress, and learn to handle pressure. Better diet and sleep: This makes a world of difference for handling stress. Eat healthy and get enough sleep. Think of it as making yourself a priority. Exercise: I think hands down this is the best way overall to reduce tilt from stress and insecurity (it seems a little strange) but hear me out. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress but running or cycling are competitive hobbies where your performance is completely under your control. You can choose how much to push yourself and there's a huge amount of satisfaction from pushing through something challenging and ultimately succeeding. Distance running got me through grad school. New hobbies: Take up a new hobby on the side, preferably one that energizes you and isn't directly competitive. This allows you the opportunity to learn something new, fail and get back up again, or complete something with no pressure. This could be anything like learning a language, baking, rock climbing, painting, etc. If you want more video games: find a video game you enjoy and turn the difficulty all the way up to “why are you playing this?” You can get the same benefits from trying 15 approaches in a single player game to find one that works and learn a lot about resilience and pushing through adversity. Sportsmanship: Always say “gg” after a match. Practice what kind of player you want to be. Even if the game sucks, always say gg. You reap what you sow. As a reformed little shit (I was not a pleasant person as a teenager), you can change how you view the world by presenting yourself as the type of person you want to be. Be professional. Be a fun person to play with. Be a good Overwatch citizen. Say gg. Dealing with Burnout: This one gets it's own category because the consequences of being burned out can be very severe (especially if it's academic or professional). You may need to take a long break from the game. Depending on what you are burned out on, especially real life things, you may want to consider seeing a professional. Long Term Tilt Resistance– Taking Criticism Like a Pro “I like criticism. It makes you strong.” -LeBron James Alright, so you've gotten to this stage (congratulations!). Developing good control over your emotions and being able to use that control when things are dicey is a difficult skill to develop. This requires you to be able to take professional feedback and criticism very well without being defensive or angry. I found the best way to develop that skill is to seek out criticism and feedback everywhere you can. Go to your teacher or professor or coach and ask “what some things that I can do better?” This will help you re-frame criticism as something to make you better, not something to tear you down. I think learning to take criticism like a champ is a great way to overall stop tilting and learn better emotional control in a difficult setting. Be objective about your performance and depersonalize the feedback you get. Your performance may need improvement, but you're still a good person and a good player. Needing to work on a few things doesn't immediately mean you're a crappy player. So you can take criticism, how does this help you not tilt? I think that being able to accept advice and to understand you have things to work on helps you look at many situations more objectively. If your team is losing it's easier to stop and say “I should have initiated that teamfight faster” or “I was out of position and lost us the point,” and that prevents you from playing the blame game or getting overly frustrated because you've recognized things that you have control over fixing. The key here is developing emotional control and separating your play and your emotions. Do you need to be an optimist to stop tilting? “A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning.” -Chuck Noll No! Stopping tilt means that you can compartmentalize and be very objective about your performance. I, personally, am an optimist and really peppy, but you can be very real about what's going on in game and not be extremely frustrated. It's possible and also necessary to be able to say “realistically, we will probably lose this game” while still playing well, trying your best, being supportive to your team, and not raging. TL;DR Pretend you are Zenyatta while in game. “Adversity is an opportunity for change.” - Zenyatta So that's a quick primer on avoiding tilt and preventing it while you play. If you have other questions, comments, or suggestions, I'd love to hear them! Do you have other strategies that help you reduce tilting? Share with the class, so we can have a great series of competitive games together. GG -Punderdome
  6. Does it matter if it's an old play? I think my absolute favorite is from January.
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    All the best, Wombat. Take care of yourself and stop by to visit us sometime!
  8. While trying to sleep dart an opponent as Ana - aim at their feet. The hitbox is larger.
  9. I usually grab all my news from the competitive overwatch subreddit - that's really the only way I can keep up with the pro scene.
  10. Tried that one out today in a 6 stack in qp. Holy crap was it effective. It was also gloriously fun, so that might be reason enough to run it.
  11. Soloq and 6 stack play very differently, and I think 6 stack is harder but an overall better experience and forces you to learn your role better. I kind of refuse to play soloq since the other players tend to be way more toxic and uncooperative. In 6 stack you need to learn the teamwork aspect to rank up.
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  13. Haha, that used to be me. It took about a year to go from sedentary to half marathons, but once you're actually in shape you'd be surprised at how slowly you lose it and how quickly it returns. Clarifications on the relays - the total distance is 200 miles run by a team of 12 people. Your total distance is divided into three sections - so you don't run the whole thing at one time. It was a race in Napa Valley and hot as hell during the day, but I ran about 6 miles at 3pm, 9 miles at 2am, and another 13 around noon the next day. It took our team around 35 hours to complete the full 200 miles. I was the only one in good enough shape at the time to take on the Runner #10 sections and do the 28 miles. On the bright side, I got to run up the Silverado trail past all of the vineyards and it's really really beautiful. After the race I went to the local Walmart and gorged myself on avocados because I didn't want any more fucking carbs.