Overwatch Beginners’ Guide

Hello and welcome to Overwatch. I am glad you have joined the toxic (or not) community. A community over Overwatch which was the Game of The Year 2016!

I love Blizzard games because the games are very well thought of, every character and everything they create have a very good story-line and it is present and coherent with all their other games, like Diablo series, Diablo III took 10 years to develop (:O), etc.

I am writing this guide to help all Overwatch newbies after they have downloaded the game.
First and foremost, set your settings.  You can do so by clicking on “Options” at the front page.

After clicking “Options” it will get you the page you will see below:

In this menu, you can change things like your resolution, fps limit, etc. I leave them to default, except change the FPS to max. The rest of the settings you can play around with it depending on your monitor screen size if the game is causing you problems in the first place.

Next, navigate to the “Gameplay” which is a more important component that can seriously affect your gameplay. Below is what you will see when you get onto that screen.


Take at look at the important components you will have to set. I set my in-game sensitivity at 2.79 because my normal Logitech mouse DPI is at 1600. To calculate the overall DPI in-game (e-DPI?) : 1600 * 2.79 = 4464. That is quite a low DPI but it is required for a DPS player with requires high levels of precision and accuracy in a very fast paced game. Yeah, you heard that right, Overwatch is a fast-paced game. Hope that doesn’t scare you away from this game already. It just gets more exciting than that. Other than that, you can switch your Reticle or I will say your crosshair to a different colour or a different type. There are dot, the plus sign ones. I prefer the default and keep it at green. Many people will say green and yellow are the best colours because it helps you easily differentiate with the background but I’ve seen some pros using black as well.

Read about and take a look at the compiled chart of Overwatch pro players’ DPI and sensitivity settings and also their gear!: http://on-winning.com/overwatch-pro-sensitivity-settings-setups-monitor-mouse-keyboard-headset/

Pretty low ah? Also take note of which character type they play.

The next most important thing is to check all the controls. This game requires quick interaction with your controls. These are important controls you have to take note of: WASD keys, fire, secondary fire, ultimate ability, E ability and melee ability. Some characters have more controls, including switching weapons, etc. Usually for weapon switching, you can use the scroll wheel on the mouse. Other characters have additional abilities, that requires the use of SHIFT. Don’t worry about these additional abilities. As you play those characters, you will get to know them better, and the game will state those abilities control at the bottom right.

Examples: Mercy and Torb has additional weapons. Ana, Lucio and some other characters have additional abilities.

Just scroll through the Gameplay tab for a LOT, TONS of controls. I cannot cover them all. There are just too many. There are fun ones that allows you to dance, put multiple sprays, say different voice lines, etc., etc. THIS GAME HAS A TON OF COSMETIC EQUIPMENTS, SKINS, ETC. I don’t buy them because it does nothing else other than its aesthetic but I do get them in lootcrates, during events, and leveling up. Phew! (Not pay-to-win.)

Just look at how many cosmetic items for each character! But they all look really cool!

Remember to save, and let’s move on. You noticed I didn’t cover the majority of the settings but I feel that they are not as important so I left it out for you to explore yourself. I myself did not bother looking through those settings either. Just too much customization.


As a new player, do not jump straight in INTO play mode or Casual mode. Go back to the main screen, click on “Training” mode. Start with tutorial, go through all of them. Then head on to Practice Range. Over here, you can train on your aiming, HEADSHOTS (important), and other hero abilities. A great way to learn some hero abilties before jumping into fighting a match against bots. Well, to tell you first, Overwatch is a game that requires extensive teamwork, it is not dependent on solely kills but more objective based. Capturing an objective (one point or 2 points in a map), escorting the payload (with or without capturing the objective) and the attack or defending side, will allow the team to win the game.

Look through the roles of the heroes, and pick the type you like the most. There are offensive, defensive, tank and support. Choose a hero in that category to start with and learn the abilities of that hero. I recommend Soldier:76, Torbjorn, Winston/Reinhardt, Lucio to start with respectively because they are easier for new players in my opinion. Do a simple read-up on other heroes as well, at least you know how to counter and avoid/exploit when dueling with the opponent. Read other heroes on the wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Characters_of_Overwatch

Their main page with all the heroes you can read up on: https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/heroes/

Or else, just play the heroes. By the way, all the heroes are free to play (after you bought the game of course) and will forever remain free. New heroes they release will be free as well!

Side-note: You can switch heroes anytime in a game match, if you feel that what you are playing does not help the team or cannot effectively counter the enemy’s team comp., please switch. Also, this is a game of 6v6 not 5v5, however, I don’t see much matchup issues. Game starts up to 1-2 mins of waiting. (it could just take 15-30s). The usual team composition is 2 DPS, 2 tanks and 2 support/healers. However, this is not always a must.


For now, that is about all I can type and write. Follow this guide and you can start trying out your first Quick Play Casual match. This game comes with experience. The more games you play, the more familiar you are with the hero, countering heroes, the map and team strategy. HAVE FUN!

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