Overwatch has taken the world by storm ever since its release, and has only been attracting more and more players. While competitive, it can still be played just for fun, but the daunting community is a valid reason to hold back on really attempting to play. No one wants to do their best, and then get absolutely demolished on the voice chat for being terrible at the role they’ve picked. Half the battle is finding people you gel with, to have fun where progress is encouraged, rather than criticized.
On the other side of the spectrum, you could be missing that one prodigy that’ll make your team whole, and can play co-operatively with how you and your team strategize. One thing is for sure, if you have a good team, you’re going to have a good time, and this guide is going to help you achieve that.
The key to finding people to play with is understanding your strengths. Really delve into how you play the game, and others will soon pick up on it too. You may be doing okay as a tank, only to find out you're incredible as support. You won’t know til you try. Once you figure out what you have to offer, you also understand what it is you’re lacking, and that’s what you need to look for in a team; players that complement your abilities. Above all, flexing with the team is of utmost importance. It may seem like an arduous task finding the right people to play with, but thankfully, there’s a service provided to you just to help you with that, and it’s called Teamfind. We’ll get into the nitty gritty of how to use Teamfind a bit later. First, here are a couple of tips to help you get started with finding a friendly bunch to destroy your enemies with. With these player finding strategies, along with the use of Teamfind, you’re sure to be on your way to dominating in Overwatch.
We don’t mean to state the obvious here, but there are a lot of players who have their mic muted when they play. Overwatch is ateam game, where communication is essential. When people hear you have a voice, they know you actually exist and can respond to calls. If you can prove you understand the way the game works and can adapt your approach based on the team’s needs, you’ve completed your first step in letting a potential team know you’re a competent player.
Let’s be real. You’re not going to be on a team with people you hate, and vice versa. You’re not going to have one player on your team that’s just a total ass, despite their skill with a particular role. If you can’t show you have the right attitude and are willing to have fun, as well as play seriously, then you aren’t going to win a lot of people over.
We touched on this earlier, but you basically need to identify the team’s needs. If there’s an over-abundance of tanks, you probably don’t have the best chances of winning. Now, if you work well with the team, but other members aren’t willing or able to switch roles, then it’s on you to bridge that gap. While you need to work out your own strengths, as we mentioned earlier, you need to also be able to adapt on the fly. That means getting familiar with the Flex role. The best part about joining a team is that you can play, as well as practice with them, consistently. That’s the time when everyone can sort out what they’re going to bring to the table.
If you’ve been following these steps, then you’re well on your way to either joining a team, or finding someone to join your own team. Either way, there’s one final tool needed to get you there, and luckily for you, it’s free and easy to use. It’s called Teamfind, and is our very own way of connecting teams to players, and even teams or players to coaches. Everything’s here for you to find people with the same mindset and way of playing as you.
First thing’s first, you can’t do much without signing up. You’ll choose your game, (Overwatch in this case) and then fill out your biography and the ‘Experience’ box. Do not under-appreciate this field. It is crucial. It’s a cover letter of sorts. If you don’t impress people with this opening line, then they aren’t going to delve further into your profile. Go on, wow everyone with how good you are at the game.
The lobby is the place to be to check out any recent activity. Here, you’ll find new players and teams registering regularly, as well as any new posts from them.
The ‘Players’ tab houses all the posts players are making in bids to join teams. This is where you want to be if you’re a team searching for some new talent. Here, you can filter the posts so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. There a lot of eager players posting, and as a team, it can be hard keeping track of all the ones you're interested in. Thankfully keeping tabs is made easy with the shortlisting function Teamfind offers. After viewing a post you’re interested in, just click ‘shortlist’ on the left, and you can come back to them at any time from the dashboard without having to sift through all the new posts. You also have the feature of instant messaging and voice calling at your disposal if you want to learn a bit more information from the player.
As opposed to the ‘Players’ tab, this is the place to be if you’re searching for a team to join. Again, you can filter results here to match the team’s requirements to what you can offer.
This is a great place if you’re a player who just isn’t finding success with your team joining applications. Coaches will help you acquire the skill you need to stand out in the crowd. Don’t be afraid to send them a message!
You’re going to want to stand out when looking for a team. The player post function allows you to do just that, and grab the attention of teams that are scouting. You’ll have to go to your dashboard, which is accessible by clicking your username at the top right, and then clicking ‘Make a Player Post’.
There are a few fields you need to fill out here if you want to see results. You can customize your post accordingly based on the type of experience you want to have with Overwatch. Whether it be casual or competitive, you’ll be sure to find people with the same ways of playing as you.
If you’re looking to join a competitive team, then make sure you write that in the ‘What are you looking for?’ field, but don’t forget to mention why you’d be needed, also. Obviously the more you can play, the more eyes you’ll have on you, so try to free up your availability as much as possible.
If you’re looking to play the game, and have fun with no strings attached, then let people know. The Overwatch community is seriously competitive, and they take their time seriously too. You’ll do no favors wasting their time – and yours – failing to mention your team goals. Thankfully, there are just as many people wanting to have a good time without worrying about losses as those wishing to dominate in tournaments.
Now, if you’re a team, posting works much the same way. It’s accessible from the dashboard, and there are a lot of fields to fill out here to garner the best results. There’s a fine line between sounding too intimidating, but also too open. It’s a hassle filtering out a ton of application requests, but having a ton is better than having none. Have an open welcome, but be direct with what you want.
Proudly, we offer this service for free, and many teams, players, and coaches have benefited greatly from it. If you do want more flexibility with the functions of Teamfind, we offer a subscription service that allows you to bump posts - as opposed to creating new ones - as well as have the ability to have two times larger and highlighted posts. There are also other useful features that’ll help you make the most of the service, such as group calling. Additionally, you won’t see any advertising. Costing less than $50 a year, joining is definitely something to consider if you’re serious about getting into the world of competitive play, or even if you’re just looking for new and fun people to play with.
Meet as many people as possible, find the role best suited to your skills, utilize Teamfind, have a positive outlook, and you’ll find a team best suited to you, or if you are already in a team, will find the last member to aid you in your dominance. Good luck.