The Overwatch Team Deathmatchmode is a brand new feature that Blizzard has just introduced into the PTR for people to sample. In this Overwatch guide, we'll be going over the best strategies in order to win at Team Deathmatch, as well as explaining how the multiple new modes work.
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Overwatch Team Deathmatch Guide
To start with, there are actually two new Deathmatch-based modes that have been added onto the Overwatch PTR by Blizzard. We'll explain both in more detail just below, but the modes are Team Deathmatch, and Free-For-All, on top of a brand new map.
For now, these new modes can only be accessed in the PTR (public test realm), but once they're added into the main Overwatch game, you'll be able to play them from the Arcade. In the Developer Update video accompanying the announcement (seen below), Jeff Kaplan revealed that there would be a brand new scoreboard system introduced for both Free-For-All and Team Deathmatch.
Overwatch Team Deathmatch Tips and Tricks
In the standard Team Deathmatch mode, you might think that all teamwork is sacrificed, in favor of the side that can simply claim the most overall kills. But this isn't the case, as although the team to total 30 kills first wins the Team Deathmatch game, Mercy resurrections can take away from a the total kill count of a team.
This is actually a pretty big deal for the team composition in Team Deathmatch, as it effectively means that both sides have to have someone committed to Mercy, the only character in Overwatch that can resurrect fallen players. On top of this, enemy players will be targeting the opposing team's Mercy even more than before, in an effort to prevent her from resurrecting players and therefore cutting into the kill count of the team.
As for the remaining five players on a team, we'd recommend going with Overwatch heroes that can deal out some hefty damage, as well as those that can take a beating. Reaper and Soldier: 76 should be good for dealing out the damage, while characters like Reinhardt, Roadhog, and D.Va are a good idea for absorbing damage for the rest of your team. A sneaky Sombra could come in handy against an enemy Mercy, as Sombra can hack the Mercy and prevent her from resurrecting teammates.
Overwatch Free-For-All Tips and Tricks Guide
As you might have guessed from the name, there's no teamwork whatsoever in the Overwatch Free-For-All mode, as eight heroes compete against one another to be the first to total 20 individual kills. Bear in mind that although there can only be one winner of this mode, Jeff Kaplan did reveal that if you place in the top half of the scoreboard at the end of the game, it'll count as a win towards you earning your Loot Boxes in the Arcade for the week.
As for character selection for the Free-For-All mode, you should probably go for someone with a decent damage output, who would usually lead the attack in Payload or Capture the Point modes. As always, Soldier: 76 is a solid option with his healing abilities and pulse rifle, as is Reaper with his ability to heal from characters that he kills.
You ideally want a character who doesn't have to normally rely on any other characters to support them. Characters that can self-heal like Bastion and Roadhog would be good in Free-For-All, and even Ana could potentially be a solid pick, if you're accurate enough with her Biotic Rifle.
As Deathmatch effectively removes all teamwork from Overwatch that you'd normally get in the Payload and Capture the Point modes, you'll be needing to fend for yourself. The removel of the teamwork aspect of the game is fairly intriguing, and we'll be interested to see if Deathmatch does in fact make it out of the PTR and into the full game.
Overwatch New Deathmatch Maps
As Kaplan said in the Developer Update video above, you might be wondering what maps these new Deathmatch modes will be played on, since every standard Overwatch map is geared towards escorting the Payload, or capturing the point. A brand new map will be used exclusively for the Free-For-All mode called Chateau Guillard, which is home to none other than Widowmaker, Talon's chief assassin.
Kaplan did state that some normal Overwatch maps had been slightly retooled to accommodate the Team Deathmatch mode, but he didn't reveal which in the standard game would be included in the rotation, saying that Arena maps like Black Forest and Necropolis would be used for Team Deathmatch on the PTR right now.
We'll be sure to keep updating this Overwatch guide with additional strategies and tips whenever we come across them, as well as adding any hints from Kaplan and the development team as to when Deathmatch will be added to the Overwatch arcade for everyone to experience.
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