Everything you need to know about escaping from Bronze, Silver and Gold ranks in Overwatch 2.
Overwatch 2’s arrival in 2022 greatly affected the game because it quickly became Blizzard’s most popular title. Even though there were tons of changes, such as new heroes and abilities, the ranking system remained largely the same. In other words, players were divided into different ranks depending on their recent performance.
To rank in Overwatch 2 Competitive Play, you must secure 7 wins. Once that happens, the game’s system will show whether you’ve ranked up or not. Unsurprisingly, everyone wants to become a Top 500 player, but only a few succeed.
The stats for Overwatch and Overwatch 2 revealed that the majority of players are stuck between Bronze, Silver, and Gold. While Silver and Gold players usually have a clue in terms of what they need to do to get out, this isn’t the case for most people in Bronze.
With that said, here is a step-by-step guide that will go through some of the basic things you need to be aware of to succeed.
Start by picking a hero you are good at
Some Overwatch 2 players are diverse and have the needed skill to play with almost any hero in the game. However, others aren’t so lucky, which is why they should only focus on one or a couple of options. Unsurprisingly, almost all Bronze players fall into this category, especially if they’re new to the game.
You will be way more successful and escape the Overwatch 2 Elo Hell if you are good with one hero than if you’re average with all of them. The fact that you know how to play a specific character gives you a huge advantage. You will know what to do and if you can win a duel against certain opponents.
Choosing your main hero is not easy, but if you are new to the game, it is better to focus on something that is easier to play. Solider: 76 is a good option because he is fast, deals a lot of damage, and has self-heal. Needless to say, it is probably not a good idea to focus on heroes like Hanzo or Genji unless you are confident in your skills.
Don't just rely on your teammates, and you won’t be disappointed
After you’ve decided on the hero you want to play with, it is time to select the Overwatch 2 Competitive Play option and find a game. Regardless of who you’re playing with (unless it's a friend), the fact that you’re in Bronze means that you should NOT rely on your teammates. In fact, everything they do to help you win is just a bonus, so you need to focus on your own game and try to carry the team.
Despite the fact that Overwatch 2 is a team-based game, the concept of a “team” is non-existent in Bronze. In other words, do not count on your team’s Mercy to heal you or your Hog to land his hooks because this will most likely not happen. Instead, focus on your own hero and carry your team.
With that said, the situation changes once you are in the high Silver or Gold tiers. This is where people realize that they need to work together to win and often pick heroes that will work well in a given setup. What’s more, these people are more willing to communicate, so use this to your advantage.
Focus on improving your mechanical skill
Whether you’re Overwatch 2 Bronze, Silver, or Gold, the fact that you’re stuck there means you need to improve. Unsurprisingly, one of the first things you should focus on is your mechanical skill.
If you are not landing consistent headshots with Widowmaker or failing to hit your shots with Cassidy, it is time to practice. Although you will have to invest time and effort into it, once you improve, you will be able to rip through your opponents with little to no effort. After all, almost all players in your rank area have mechanical skill problems, so you can easily shine once you get better.
Besides playing with a given hero as much as possible, you also need to have the correct settings. There are loads of guides out there regarding Overwatch 2 hero-specific options you need to be aware of. Besides those, there are also specific Overwatch 2 settings you should be using, so make sure you check them.
Don’t get tilted over games that you can’t win
Let’s face it, no matter how good we are at Overwatch 2, there will be games where we just can’t win. In fact, some people analyzed that around 20 to 30% of the Overwatch 2 matches are unwinnable. Whether it's due to a leaver, game ruiner, or the enemy is just better, there will be cases where you can’t win. As you can imagine, this is quite common in Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
Now that you are aware of this information, you should do everything in your power not to focus on these games and not let them affect you. Unfortunately, many players get titled over things that they can’t control. As a result, they often lose many more games after the one that triggered them.
Most Overwatch 2 players in Bronze, Silver, and Gold are like that, which is one of the things that prevent them from ranking. So, if you don’t want to be like them, focus on the games that you can win and don’t pay attention to those that are unwinnable.
Watch people that are better and steal their ideas
Thanks to platforms like Twitch, we have access to the best Overwatch 2 players in the world in seconds. Many streams all the time, so we can always tune in and watch how they play with a specific hero. Although some of you may think this is a waste of time, the reality is that we can always steal something from them and implement it.
The fact that we’re watching the best Overwatch 2 pros means that they know the ins and outs of the heroes they’re playing with. So, if you pay close attention to what they do, you can easily copy it and implement it in your rank. Needless to say, most Bronze, Silver, and Gold players won’t know how to counter you, so you can carry yourself out of the Elo Hell.