Small adjustments that made my gaming experience a bit smoother
I wrote a bit about this on twitter but there is really not enough space there to go into detail. So here is a bit more of how changing around some settings and keybinds in Overwatch made it way more pleasant to play for me.
First of all: General Settings.
General Settings apply across the board to every character unless you do a separate overwrite per character. For some that may be useful, for others it isn’t – your mileage may vary. For me I had an issue with Q for my ultimate. Mostly when playing Zenyatta because that is the character I use E and Shift much more frequently with than with basically any other character. So what happened was that, every once in a while, I accidentally pressed Q, ulting at completely useless moments and wasting perfectly good charge for nothing. The solution: Remapping keybinds. I did that for all characters because otherwise it’d be confusing in the long run. I put my Ultimate somewhere I could never ever accidentally press it but that was still always in reach: the middle mouse button. (Basically clicking the scroll wheel) It was confusing for exactly one match and now I’m used to it and quit happy. Additionally I mapped the melee attack command onto one of my mouses side buttons – I find that way easier to use than to go for the V button. Same with crouching. LControl is not a comfortable button to use for me. I put the “Thank you” voice command on Q instead so I get into the habit of thanking players that help me during the match more often. In general: bind basic commands to keys. Such as thank you, need healing, group up etc. You don’t want to open a communication wheel while you are fighting and if you are not in voice chat those little voice lines can make a whole lot of difference.
Another think I generally changed for everyone is the reticle. This is simply a matter of preference. but with basically everyone except for Hanzo I prefer the short crosshair setting. The colour I put to bright green mainly because every other colour for me has moments (surroundings) where it is badly visible. The only colours that always seem to be clearly visible, no matter where you are are green and pink for me.
Now, hero specific settings: For most I don’t do any adjustments. My general sensitivity is set to 5 and works generally well for me. If you play a lot of Widowmaker I’d suggest looking into her extra setting for scoped sensitivity – adjusting it and experimenting with it might help your aim.
For Lucio I am very fond of the “hold to crossfade” option. It means you are basically always on the healing song and switch to the speed song only when and for as long as you keep Shift pressed. The moment you let go of the button you are back to healing again. No more accidentally forgetting to switch stances.
For Zenyatta I adjusted the sensitivity of his Orbs. With the default settings all you have to do is loosely aim in the general direction and your orbs will lock onto the nearest target. That may be helpful if you struggle aiming, but it can also be a bother to have the orbs actually hitting the target you want them to hit if there are several people closely next to each other. Lowering the sensitivity means you have to aim a bit better, but you have more precise control over where the orbs actually land.
And lastly for Mercy I’ve experimented quite a lot with the different settings.
- Toggle Beam Connection: ON. This is purely a preference thing, I don’t think either setting makes anyone play better, but I like not having to press down the mouse buttons continuously.
- Guardian Angel prefers beam target: OFF. If I keep this on it keeps happening to me that I fly in the opposite direction because I move around a lot and the unlocking of the beam is sometimes not quick enough for the mechanic – for my taste. I want to fly to the person I have in my sights, not necessarily the one I am healing or boosting at that point. Having it on has it’s advantages though, especially when flying with a Pharah.
- Toggle Guardian Angel: OFF. Turning this one off changed the way I play the character tbh. A) You can hold down the button and as soon as your target gets into range you immediately dash to them. B) You fly for as long as you hold the button, meaning if you want to stop flying half way through because it’s safer just let go and you stand still.
- Guardian Angel Sensitivity is at 75 for me at the moment. It makes targeting what team member I want to fly to a bit more precise.
- Beam Sensitivity is also at 75, as with Zenyatta it gives me more control over whom to actually heal.