After taking a break from Overwatch for several years, I decided to play again. Back then I mainly played Soldier 76. I prefer Competitive mode, so I wanted to jump into that. However, since so few people seem to want to play Tank or Healer these days, and I don’t want to queue up for 10 minutes every game as a DPS, I decided to focus on the tank role, even though I’m not that great at that.
I did my 5 placement matches the other day as a tank in Role Queue mode, plus 1 or 2 additional games, but I’ve been getting flamed by team mates several times now. Obviously they were being snarky and toxic and didn’t specifically say what I’m doing wrong and what I should improve. My main mistake is probably trying to do too much offensively, rather than just protecting my team.
I was placed in Gold (years ago, I was in Platinum was Solider 76). Maybe I belong in Silver now as a tank - who knows? My thinking is that every game in Role Queue mode needs tanks, regardless if it’s Bronze or Diamond, so it should be fine if I learn to play in competitive mode, because I’ll eventually get placed where I belong, right? And the 3 different roles have separate placement matches anyway, so it’s not like I was placed in Platinum because that’s what I was as a DPS.
What do you guys think? Is it OK to jump into competitive mode as a role one doesn’t have much experience with? It’s not like I’m trying out a different tank every game; I’m focusing on Reinhart, and when someone else picks him, I tend to go for Zarya.
Lastly: anyone have good advice for new tanks? I’ve been watching some guides on Youtube yesterday and will go through some more today.