is it bad to main a hero

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if you focus all your time on for example mccree and you become extremely good with him is it still bad to only use him?

wouldn't playing all the heroes make you take a lot more time to learn compared to someone who mains 1 hero?

just asking your opinions
Almost everyone mains a hero. I consider myself extremely flexible, and I play over 15 different heroes in competitive on a daily basis, but I still claim myself a D.va main. It's the character I mostly default to if I have free reign to pick whatever I want.
Maining is different from One Tricking

Mains specialise in one hero but are usually decent with other heroes and will switch if countered.

One tricks only ever play one hero and never switch.

Most people do main a hero, but one tricks are very controversial.
It becomes bad when you get hard-countered or someone else takes McCree away from you and they refuse to give it to you for reasons same as you would, and can't play any other Heroes decently

I don't get what's so difficult in learning a small handful of Heroes.
This game is built around team comps and hero switching. If you can only play one hero, you're missing an entire dynamic element of this game. Sometimes you just gotta change things up to get more favorable engagements (i.e. you have 2 healers, hog, 76, cree and rein, but you're getting destroyed by the sniper on the high ground. Someone should probably swap to a character with verticality (winston, dva, genji) to stop the shooting gallery.

Also, being able to play a few different roles helps when you need to fill out a team comp. I think everyone should learn to play 1-2 DPS, 1-2 tanks, 1-2 healers.
11/29/2017 07:54 AMPosted by D4rk
if you focus all your time on for example mccree and you become extremely good with him is it still bad to only use him?

wouldn't playing all the heroes make you take a lot more time to learn compared to someone who mains 1 hero?

just asking your opinions


He's not off meta so you're fine. The meta slaves only report off meta players.
McCree has a lot of transferable skill. If you're good at McCree, it won't be hard to pick up other heroes like Hog, Ana, etc
It's best to play what you enjoy and what you are good at, and having 1 or 2 heroes that you focus on will help you improve more on said heroes. That said, being at least a little flexible is sometimes very helpful for the team.

An example of this could be the pro player xQc. Let's pretend like he is a Winston one-trick (I know he's not, he can play all tanks well).

Now what if xQc is playing Winston against a team that has Roadhog, Reaper, and Bastion? He'll get shredded pretty much every fight and have to face extreme diversity to win.

Now, if xQc was a one-trick, he would be letting the team down more playing Winston than if he was able to flex and play Roadhog or Dva, who would likely be more effective than Winston against those three.
11/29/2017 07:54 AMPosted by D4rk
if you focus all your time on for example mccree and you become extremely good with him is it still bad to only use him?

wouldn't playing all the heroes make you take a lot more time to learn compared to someone who mains 1 hero?

just asking your opinions


Playing a small subset of heroes makes sense. You're more likely to improve skill wise the more familiar you are with their specific abilities.

Playing ONLY ONE hero however will have its drawbacks if you play anything other than Death Match mode, as the main objective based modes (Like Quick Play or Competitive) mandate you work with a team towards completing objectives. This means that you'll have to fill different roles on a team, or swap picks to counter / avoid being countered.

Honestly the best option I think if you really want to focus your practice time on improving, is probably 2-3 offense/defense heroes, 2 tanks, and 2 supports.

You're looking at getting really good with 6-7 out of ~25 heroes, and that's a lot easier than trying to get good with all of them. You forget nuances of picks when you don't play them for a while. Take it from a flex player.
on earlier ranks its ok, but the more versatile you are the better.

Also if you play on a lot of premade groups its ok to one-trick if your group is complemeting your hero
11/29/2017 07:54 AMPosted by D4rk
if you focus all your time on for example mccree and you become extremely good with him is it still bad to only use him?


You're describing a one trick pony here. "Maining" is used to describe somebody that primarily plays 1 hero but also plays other heroes from time to time. So they'll have like maybe 100 hours on their "main" and then 30 hours on a second character, followed by 20 hours on a third, 10 on a fourth, etc... As for if it's good it depends. There's a pretty heated debate going on these days about if being a OTP is fine. There's definitely advantages and disadvantages and you're likely to get pretty biased response (i'm struggling not to go into a rant about how bad OTPs are for the competitive scene) from both sides. Here's the thing to realize though:

If you become a OTP you're going to have part of the community that'll think negatively of you unless you're doing very well and even then they'll typically just be content with you. If you however don't become a OTP then you'll still run into other OTPs that won't ever switch and you'll probably run into games where you need to try to build your team comp around the OTP but will ultimately be unable to do so and lose.
It’s impossible to not main someone. Everyone has that go to, preferred main pick because that’s just how people are, give us a selection and we’ll choose a favorite. Anyone who pretends they’re better than others because “they don’t have a main” is just making a fool of themselves.

That said, you dont really want to focus entirely on one person. Being able to swap around in case of those “what if” moments is the best possible skill to have in this game.
While recently I've been playing mostly McCree and Hanzo, I used to main Zen and Zarya. While I think OTP are a bad thing, I think maining a hero can be good. That being said, it's good imo to be able to transfer the skills of your main to other heros if you're unable to play your main in a match.

For example, I think Zen and McCree have some transferable skill sets. They both require high accuracy to be effective, and have limited mobility. On the other hand, I find that as far as tanks go I main Zarya, I have problems playing other tanks as her skill set doesn't transfer as easily to the other tanks.

All in all, it's a good idea imo to main a few heroes where you can use the skill gathered from then on others.
11/29/2017 08:19 AMPosted by FalloutOW
I find that as far as tanks go I main Zarya, I have problems playing other tanks as her skill set doesn't transfer as easily to the other tanks.

This is true for Zarya definitely. Some skills from other tanks (such as learning enemy hammer down timings as a reinhardt player) transfer TO Zarya but nothing about Zarya transfers TO other tanks. None of the other tanks really need to track like her. Being good with her barriers and orbs also don't really transfer to other tanks.

On the plus side though Zarya is one of the most versatile tanks. Short of solo tanking there's few situations(relative to any other character in the game) where you need to switch off of Zarya.
Basically,
why Main one hero when you can Main them all
What people don't understand in general is that to master a lot of heroes, you'd basically need 2-3 seasons per characters, rising to Master, on different accounts.

Thats why I cannot stand people against one-tricks. The game has many issues, don't blame its bad design on its players.
Bad to main a hero? No. Never.
One-tricking, on the other hand, tricky. (Edit: no puns intended.)

Now, this is just my opinion, but I think the game is funnier if you are able to perform multiple functions. So maybe you don't have the best mechanical skill, but you still can develop it to some degree. Also game sense and awareness is mostly about mental skill than mechanical.

Or maybe it's the other way around, you have great aim and tracking, but need to develop your game sense. Maybe then having another character's perspective might actually help a long way :3

Cheers!
I never got the concept of a "main" in this game. I get people will pay their favorite heroes but to exclusively play one hero doesn't make sense to me. Everythibg about this game says that you should be playing multiple heroes. First every single hero is unlocked from the beginning so you have access to all of them. This told me when I bought the game that I should lean how to play a good portion of them. Second you can switch heroes at anytime during the game. Again reinforcing the lean how to play all these heroes idea. Third there is no leveling system. Leveling system means time invested it also means that you can't play other heroes who aren't leveled. Again by not having a leveling system blizzard is saying hey you should all these heroes.

I could go on but you get the point. Being a "main" is going against fundamentally what overwatch is. But I get it. People will pick one heroe and get really good at that but even the if you are the best tracer in the world if you can only play tracer you aren't as good as someone who can play tracer almost as good as you but play everything else to the same level.

Part of why the US lost to South Korea was because their best widow was stuck playing zen allowing flower to run wild on Widow maps.
Maining is natural, everyone has a hero they gravitate towards and are comfortable with playing. While maining a hero itself is not unhealthy, one tricking a hero is a cancer upon competitive and this community as a whole. I would recommend having enough practice with at least one (or two) heroes per classification so that you can fill in for your team comfortably without fear of not knowing what you are doing.
The real question is does it win games. Are you ranking up? If not it may be your limited skill set that's holding you back. Or it may be that you just need to improve faster with McCree.

It really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks about how you win, if you win. Maining a hero is not cheating nor does it break any rules. Which is why I don't understand why this concerns you.

Personally I flex because it makes winning easier. Yes I can win games playing hanzo with double snipers but that takes way more effort than just playing mercy and working with a meta team comp.

It's really just whatever helps you win more.

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