Overwatch Team Deathmatch Guide - Tips and Tricks, How to Win, Best Character Strategies

Overwatch Team Deathmatch Guide - Tips and Tricks, How to Win, Best Character Strategies

Team Deathmatch is now live on Overwatch for all! Here's a guide on how not to die in the brand new, hectic mode.

The brand new Overwatch Team Deathmatch mode has finally arrived on console, after being available for a limited time on purely the PTR. In the Overwatch Deathmatch guide below, we'll outline the best strategies in order to win at both Deathmatch and Team Deatmatch, as both present a significant change to anything else in Overwatch so far.

In case you need anything else relating to Blizzard's smash-hit game, then head over to our Overwatch guides hub, featuring articles on how to play your favorite heroes, as well as how best to earn Loot Boxes as quickly as possible.

Overwatch Team Deathmatch Guide

There are actually two Deatmatch modes in Overwatch right now - Team Deathmatch, and Deatmatch. The Team Deathmatch mode involves two teams of four players, each working towards a total score of 30 kills. The Deatmatch mode is a free-for-all between eight players, working towards individual kills of 20.

Jeff from the Overwatch team outlines the full changes in the developer update just below, as both modes represent a shift away from the teamwork strategies that we've employed in Payload and Assault modes in Overwatch so far.

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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 three 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.

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Overwatch Deathmatch 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.

The Overwatch Arena's Black Forest map.

Kaplan did state that some normal Overwatch maps had been slightly retooled to accommodate the Team Deathmatch mode, and we've so far played Deatmatch and Team Deathmatch on the new Chateau Guillard map, as well as old favorites like Temple of Anubis.

We have a wealth of other Overwatch guide articles here on USgamer, including how to play Doomfist, Overwatch's newest hero, as well as how to earn Loot Boxes quickly.

We'll be sure to keep updating this Overwatch guide with additional strategies and tips whenever we come across them, as it's a safe bet that we'll be experiencing multiple different team compositions and other methods in Team Deathmatch.

Hirun Cryer

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Hirun Cryer is by far the most juvenile member of USgamer. He's so juvenile, that this is his first full-time job in the industry, unlike literally every other person featured on this page. He's written for The Guardian, Paste Magazine, and Kotaku, and he likes waking up when the sun rises and roaming the nearby woods with the bears and the wolves.

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