5 things to try in the next Overwatch free weekend

This character is called Doom Man

Overwatch [official site], aka The Shooter You Tell Your Mates You Don’t Fancy Even Though You Really Do, is having another free weekend. It isn’t this weekend, sadly, but starting on Friday September 22. That’s enough time to get you boys and girls in fighting shape. If you haven’t played the colourful hero shooter yet, here’s some important things you definitely must do once you’re on the battlefield.

Make the tin man fly off the ledge


Reinhart is a giant man made out of kettles. His special power is that he can charge off the edge of the map and into the fathomless white space below. Often things will get in your way, such as walls or enemy players, but you will soon learn to use this power correctly.

Put the teleport lady’s device in a dark place


Symmetra is a good character because she is the best murderer. Her “ultra-special” is a teleporter device that your team mates can use to quickly get to the battle. Good locations to place this teleporter include:

  • facing into a corner
  • beside a large, fatal drop
  • directly outside the spawn room

Use the ice girl to build a house


The blue girl called Mei can create walls of ice. You should try making a house with them, but you will need to be fast!

Choose the archer man when there’s already two sniper ladies


His name is Hanzo and he is very necessary.

Be Genji


If you are Genji, it means the Genji person isn’t Genji, and that is good.

To play the free weekend, you’ll need Blizzard’s Boom-App or whatever they are calling their Battle.net client these days, and you’ll have to register an account with them too. Any costumes you unlock or emotes you get from loot boxes will carry over if you do decide to buy it. I mean, you should. You should have bought it last year, you silly person.


  1. KillahMate says:

    Nonsense. I have an entire newsfeed full of articles telling me in no uncertain terms that currently the Shooter I Really Do Fancy And Want To Know Everything About Regardless Of What I Think is Destiny 2.

    Overwatch was last year’s SIR DFAWT KEAROWIT. Get with the times.

  2. DeadlyAccurate says:

    Your number 5 is spot on. Always insta-lock a Genji. No matter the map. No matter the goal. Every team needs a shuriken-wielding ninja. Even if you already have three other harassers, no healers, and no tanks. Go for that fourth harasser. Teams work best when they’re themed around one goal: losing as fast as possible.

    • DeadlyAccurate says:

      Seriously, though, try out all the characters. Find which ones fit your play style the best and don’t worry too much about team makeup when you’re just starting out. You’ll figure out what works and what doesn’t after a time. The most important thing is to have fun.

      (We once successfully defended the Eichenwald control point with a team full of squishy harassers and no healer).

      • Porkolt says:

        I mean all this proves is that you can defend the Eichenwalde CP with anything. And everyone already knows that.

  3. Umama says:

    Tip #6 – Repeatedly inform the team when a healer is needed, but never volunteer to be that healer yourself.

  4. Cloak says:

    Tip #7 – Don’t buy the game,save your money.

    • Lobotomist says:

      I really wonder why ?

      Its been almost 2 years since i bought the game for 40$ Since then i played hundreds of hours. Never waited more than 30 seconds to find a match. Got tons and tons of free content, Updates, maps – never payed a dime.

      Got the game where developers really love what they are doing, and work together with community.

      Naturally tastes differ. But millions of people love this game. So I guess its good for quite few people.

      Why do you advice people not to buy it ? Im curious ?

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    particlese says:

    Hmm, interesting! Might have to try this. Thanks for all the tips.

  6. Seafoam says:

    Tip #8 – When you’re the blue sniper lady, you can shoot trough glass.

  7. Morat Gurgeh says:

    Unless you’re shit hot don’t pick Genji, Widow or Hanzo. Thems the rules.

  8. cpt_freakout says:

    Pro-Genji tip: re-bind the “I need healing!” voice line to your LMB

  9. AskForBarry says:

    Tip #9: tell your team what they should do after the match ends.
    Tip #10: be constructive.

  10. Lobotomist says:

    In chat type : GG EZ

    Enjoy :)

  11. Themadcow says:

    #whatever – remember that being near Lucio drains your kills. If you see a Lucio on your team coming near then SPREAD OUT!

  12. MrWoodenSheep says:

    I’m up for funny articles, but this just seems like you’re stretching to write about Overwatch, and with really unfunny points.