On November 15th, Heritage Woods Secondary School’s esports team competed against Pinetree Secondary School in the game of Overwatch. Overwatch is a team based first shooter game that faces teams of six against each other on numerous maps. Teams have to complete different objectives —depending on the map— in order to win the game. Teams do this by killing the opponent in order to secure the objectives. Some objectives in Overwatch include capture the point; push the payload or a combination of both. Each player on the team is able to select different characters at any point in the game, that each has their own abilities and attacks that they can use to either attack or counter the enemy. Each character has an ultimate ability that has the potential to turn the tide of a fight. Ultimate abilities are charged through the amount of damage or healing that the payer does. This means that once a team has momentum on their abilities over the other team, it can be hard to stop them from their oppressive snowball.
During the competition, both teams chose a typical team setup with two primary offence heroes, two tank characters and two healers. The teams were competing on Nepal —a control point map. During the first round of the first game, Heritage Woods was able to win as they were able to gain momentum with the ultimate charge of their abilities. However during rounds two, three and four, Heritage Woods was unable to hold the point long enough for a win and they lost the 1st game. During the second game on Kings Row —a map that is a mix between capture the point and push the objective, also resulted in a loss for Heritage Woods. This was because the offence characters on Pinetree Secondary School’s team demolished the tank heroes and Heritage Woods couldn’t gain any footing. Heritage lost the competition against Pinetree Secondary School and but they are determined to make a comeback in the future.