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Video: A way better Mercy than me.

While I'm sick and trying to shrug off some disappointments may not be the best time to talk about Overwatch, but I like to live dangerously, so I'm going to anyway.

As you probably know, I've been doing a video series on Learning Not to Suck at Overwatch, and I have learned a lot of things– not the least of which is that I have a lot to learn about being a good teammate.

I'm not going to go down a laundry list of my faults here. The main thing is that I have realized, upon watching my own footage with some remove, is that my attempts to be communicative and coordinate things instead have tended to come off as pushy, strident, lecturey, dismissive, or all of the above. Frankly, if I was on a team with me, I'd mute myself. -.-

It was kind of a sickening realization when it hit me, because it's exactly the opposite of who and how I want to be. So I'm going to start doing something about it.

As I mentioned in my last video I'm going to start concentrating on Mercy and Tracer. These are both heroes who depend on positioning and situational awareness– two of my weak spots in the game– and Mercy particularly has a very symbiotic relationship with her teammates, so to play her well you have got to be able to cultivate that.

As part of my out-of-game research for the project, I came upon Scarletta, a Mercy main who does a really, really good job not just of mastering the character, but of acting as the team organizer, caller, and general leader. She does all that stuff I wanted to be doing, but she does it right, and so I have been studying her videos very carefully.

Of course, the week that I have decided to do this, possibly by jumping into the last weeks of competitive season four, my throat dies and a "grind in HotS for a really awesome D.Va skin" event drops. :P So I don't know how much Overwatch I'll actually be doing. It's hard to be team caller when you can barely speak above a whisper. ¬.¬

But I am at least putting that out there as an intention, in case anyone out there would like to join me for it (or would like me to join them, if they have a team looking for a healer). My goal is to go from "strident, lecturey, and dismissive," to "reassuring, informative, and helpful."

-The Gneech
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