28 Oct, 2016

Overwatch Map Callouts You Should Know

Callouts are a staple of competitive online games since the time of Quake 3D. They provide a short hand to the players for quick and easy communication. While some game developers have incorporated callouts in their game, sadly in Overwatch these are a courtesy not extended by Blizzard. YET!

So, it falls upon us fans and community members to fill the gap and come up with our own callouts for the popular MOBA shooter hybrid. Blizzard has released twelve maps for Overwatch, so far. So to keep things clean and do the job right I have split this article into multiple pieces.

There are four map types in Overwatch and I intend to cover one type per week, intend. That’s three maps every seven days. When Blizzard finally releases more maps for Overwatch you can bet they’ll end up her as well. The articles include;

• Callouts
• Preferred heroes for attack
• Preferred heroes for defense

So without further ado let’s get to it.

What Are Callouts?

A callout is defined as “an instance of being summoned, especially in order to deal with an emergency or to take corrective action”. In the context of Overwatch callouts are catchwords given to specific locations throughout a map.

Importance of Callouts in Overwatch

Overwatch is a team-based shooter that’s fast paced. Victory relies on working together and taking appropriate counter measures against enemy actions.

The biggest benefit of having callouts is to relay strategic actions to your team. Callout are used in Overwatch to give instructions to team mates to go to specific locations, inform them of enemy location, instruct to capture sniping positions etc.

Overwatch Maps

At present, there are a total of twelve maps in Overwatch. They are categorized into four match types;

Assault Maps

Hanamura (Point Capture)
Temple of Anubis (Point Capture) Coming Soon!
Volskaya Industries (Point Capture) Coming Soon!

Control Maps

Ilios (Control) Coming Soon!
Lijiang Tower (Control) Coming Soon!
Nepal (Control) Coming Soon!

Escort Maps

Watchpoint: Gibraltar (Payload) Coming Soon!
Route 66 (Payload) Coming Soon!
Dorado (Payload) Coming Soon!

Hybrid Maps

Hollywood (Assault / Payload) Coming Soon!
King’s Row (Assault / Payload) Coming Soon!
Numbani (Assault / Payload) Coming Soon!

Hanamura

Hana means “flower” and Mura means “village” , but, HANAMURA is one of the Overwatch maps that presents significant challenge to even seasoned players. It is set in a fictional sub urban village in Japan. Hanamura is a point capture map where continuous momentum is essential to win for both sides.

Lore wise Hanamura serves as home to the descendents of the Shimada clan; Hanzo and Genji. The map is a mash up of ancient Japan with the temple and gardens and the modern times with arcades and restaurants. This amalgamation of modern and ancient design is representative of the brothers who call Hanamura their home.

So let’s get started with the Map Callouts for Hanamura.

Attack Base

Overwatch Callouts Hanamura (7)

Bell Tower Front

Overwatch Callouts Hanamura (9)

Overwatch Callouts Hanamura (5)

Bell Tower Back

Overwatch Callouts Hanamura (4)

Cliffside

Overwatch Callouts Hanamura (3)

Overwatch Callouts Hanamura (2)

Garden

Overwatch Callouts Hanamura (6)

Defense Base

Overwatch Callouts Hanamura (8)

Overwatch Callouts Hanamura (1)

Preferred Heroes for Hanamura – Attack Team

Offense

Hero Description
Genji He offers big single hit damage agility and an essential deflect. Very deadly-especially when used by the right player.
Mcree At medium range – inflicts solid damage. Offers quick bursts from his alternative and a valuable stun.
Pharah Brilliant Ultimate ability – incredible poke potential and immensely annoying for the opposition.
Tracer Unparalleled mobility – ability to reset in "Recall" and a room clearing Ultimate; the Pulse Bomb.


Tank

Hero Description
Reinhardt The Barrier Field combined with a mighty Ultimate makes it possible to force push into enemy base. A must have.
D.Va Inflicts a respectable amount of damage at close range. Decent armor and two lives – one as human. She is offers surprises but she is tough – a true tank.
Winston Mighty jumps – amazing deflect capability in his Barrier Project and his primary weapon works best at very close range.
Zarya Substantial projectile damage – a powerful Ultimate and very practical shielding for her and her team.

Support

Hero Description
Ana Her Biotic Rifle rounds and Biotic Grenades heal allies and damage or impair enemies. Her secondary fire tranquilizes key targets and Nano Boost gives one of her comrades a considerable increase in power.
Mercy She applies huge healing to individual team members while also applying damage boost. Her Ultimate revives the whole team.
Zenyatta A decent all-rounder.
Lucio Usually the first choice. He offers mobility – passive healing – a knockback and a powerful Ultimate.

Preferred Heroes for Hanamura – Defense Team

Offense

Hero Description
Reaper Big damage in close quarters with his Ultimate – barely overshadowed by McCree.
Mccree At medium range – inflicts solid damage. Offers quick bursts from his alternative and a valuable stun.


Defense

Hero Description
Bastion Powerful choice especially if the enemy is unaware of his position – but he is easily countered with a well placed Barrier or rocket.
Widowmaker Huge single hit damage – swift and agile movement. She is deadly.
Torbjorn His turrets serve as a pain for the enemy. But a good team can easily end him.
Mei She deploys annoying walls – slows down enemies and one shots them after freezing.
Symmetra Her shield is comparatively weak but it’s her teleport ability that makes her invaluable on this map.
Junkrat He has decent defenses but his fixed traps require a really skillful player.


Tank

Hero Description
Reinhardt The Barrier Field combined with a mighty Ultimate makes it possible to force push into enemy base. A must have.
Zarya Substantial projectile damage – a powerful Ultimate and very practical shielding for her and her team.
Roadhog The hook shot makes him essential when your play style is separating single targets and killing them one by one. His hulking size makes him an easy target.

Support

Hero Description
Lucio Usually the first choice. He offers mobility – passive healing – a knockback and a powerful Ultimate.
Mercy She applies huge healing to individual team members while also applying damage boost. Her Ultimate revives the whole team.
Zenyatta A decent all-rounder.


More callouts for Overwatch coming soon! Keep checking back.

Tell us what you think about these callouts and should Blizzard add official ones in Overwatch. Also, let us know who are your preferred heroes in the comments? And if you find our guide helpful do share it with your friends.
P.S. Heroes never die!

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Overwatch Map Callouts You Should Know
Spark

Gamer, Geek, Blogger. I come from the time when Duke Nukem looked awesome. I have a day job at Kill Ping and my nights pass with endless online gaming.

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