… But you can be banned for being sour about it.
Overwatch is built as both a team-based game and a “counter-picking” game. Even if you pick one hero to play as at the start of the match, you are given the opportunity to switch to different heroes on the fly if you feel that can benefit the team.
That said, it would be silly on the developer’s part if a player is banned over the weekend for being a “one-trick” player. As evident in this official Overwatch thread (via Dotesports), a Torbjörn main felt like he was banned for doing just that. However, other players contested that his behaviour turned sour when he was suggested to switch heroes to fit the composition, hence the weekend ban.
Overwatch community manager Josh Engen brought up the “play nice, play fair” mantra when officially commenting on the “one-tricking” situation. He explained that while players are fine choosing their own specialized heroes, they should still play as a team and accommodate to hero switch requests if it means a better chance at winning.
“We take both sides of the issue very seriously. We believe that players should be able to choose their favorite heroes, but playing as a team (which includes building an effective team composition) is a core part of the Overwatch experience. It’s a delicate balance, and we’re still working on getting it right (and probably always will be).
“People tend to focus on the “playing fair” part, but they forget about “playing nice.” Sometimes that means switching off at your teammates’ request, and sometimes that means working around your teammate’s specialization.”
“Either way, Overwatch is more fun when everyone is playing nice.”
Straight from the horse’s mouth, everyone. Guess it’s time for us to not be too much of a specialist if it means for the good of the group you’re playing with. If you agree/disagree with Blizzard’s current sentiment, bring it up on our Discord/Facebook channel.
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