On the road to Masters in Overwatch.

My goal for the end of season 4 in Overwatch was to hit diamond. I busted my ass off for far too many games and legit, the last night of the season I hit Diamond at exactly 3000 SR. It felt like it was such a faraway goal that I would never hit but once I did I knew I could hit it again and again.

I ended up placing in low 2800s for season 5 and eventually was able to hit 3214 for my season highest. Unfortunately, work took over for awhile and I ended up hitting decay. That kind of destroyed my SR for awhile and I just maintained in the 3100s. Eventually, I lost a few games and ended up in low Diamond so I just let my account decay entirely to 3000 while I played on my alt. SURPRISE! That account also hit Diamond.

So this season I was determined to place as close to Diamond as possibly. With one caveat. I was going to do it by only playing Zenyatta. Oh, and the only other difference was I would be stuck solo queueing because my duo partner from s4/5 was back to working and not playing Overwatch anymore. I ended up placing around 2950 (I legitimately won 1 out of my 10 games…) and the next two games got me into Diamond.

Currently sitting at 3170 although my high is 3172. My struggle right now is that I’m not maining Mercy this season. I went full on hardcore Zenyatta and while I have had a lot of awesome games… the few games where I have had to play Mercy I realized the disgusting SR I gain playing that hero versus Zenyatta.

Last week I had hit 3166 while Zenyatta. I lost the next match and dropped down to 3142. The next match I was stuck playing Mercy (and solo healing probably) and ended up winning that match. My new SR? 3172. Most of my Zenyatta wins net me around 20 SR while my Mercy wins are around 30 SR. I’m finding it real hard to not just cave in to be a Mercy main to hit my goal. I really wanted to hit Masters playing as Zenyatta only but fuck man, this shit is HARD.

TL;DR About to give up being a Zenyatta main so I can cheesemode to Masters as Mercy.

When all else fails, go BattleMercy.

In Overwatch I usually play more competitive than I do quick play just because I tend to like the frustrations and intensity that those matches typically have. When I need to warm up, I’ll play quick play but that’s about it. Buuut… since the Winter Wonderland event is ending on the 3rd, I figured I’d try to grind a few levels in quick play to get a few more boxes.

Quick Play is atrocious if you solo queue. You’ll get on teams that go all DPS so you either heal or tank. I’ve tried to insta-lock Ana and figured seeing a healer would inspire people to pick around that in terms of tanks and another healer. No. No that is not the case at all. Tonight I was getting 4-5 premades that would go a mixture of defensive and offensive heroes, and if it’s a tank it was Dva. Seeing a Widow/Junk/Hanzo/Torb on attack made me swap off Ana and go Sombra.

But then I had a better idea. So instead I picked in Mercy but I wasn’t going to heal. I was just going to use my pistol since it does a surprising amount of damage ;). But no seriously, it was the safer pick to go. Sure, I could go Lucio but that’d be healing them if I kept my aura up and we won’t want that. I didn’t want to go Zenyatta because his mobility is non-existent. Ana could be obvious but with a 10 clip gun, I just said no. And mobility was another issue if the sleep dart is on CD.

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Battle mercy pisses off my team but you know what, I’m killing people, healing out of combat, and I have Angelic Flight to get the hell out of dodge. It’s awesome because people expect Mercy to automatically shove her caduceus up their asshole to heal. I have awoken a monster in me.

I’ll only do this if I’m stuck “solo” healing otherwise if I have a receptive team, then I’ll just go with my usual Ana pick.

Overwatch is really well done.

I somehow got closed beta access to Overwatch last year in October but never got around to trying it out. No one I knew had access so I wasn’t too excited to try it out solo. The day I decided to install it and try it out was actually the last day for closed beta and access had already been removed. Well, a couple weeks ago Blizzard finally opened closed beta back up again so I went in deep.

It has been awhile since a game that isn’t Rift has drawn me in enough that I can’t stop thinking about it. The last FPS I played was CS:GO and I kind of lost interest in it after a friend and I stopped talking. I have hopped in to play here and there but it’s a game that is just that, for me to maybe hop into if I’m really bored. Kind of what I used to do with COD4.

Anyway, I have been obsessed with Overwatch. I love that there’s real no forced progression for leveling like I felt with the newer iterations of Call of Duty (Blackops 1/2, MW3). Level up, get a loot box and open it up to see what you’ve got.

Last game I pre-ordered was Black Ops. I am pre-ordering Overwatch and won’t regret it one bit.

Finally going to play Destiny

Heading over to a friend’s house later this evening when he sends me a text asking: “[…]should I buy Destiny and we can play it tonight?” You don’t have to ask me twice.

I haven’t touched a console game since 2011 when I got into Rift, so I hadn’t even thought about playing Destiny anytime soon, let alone pre-order it for my dusty Xbox 360. I’m not sure if he’s going to buy it for his PS4 or XOne but either way, I’m going to be immersed and out-of-touch to the world for the remainder of tonight.