Overwatch’s Summer Games 2017 event kicked off with quite a bang this time around, featuring quite a number of wonderful and unique new skins for some of the most popular Heroes in the game. In a mildly surprising turn of events, the event’s signature gamemode, Lucioball, also came back with a Competitive mode dubbed Copa Lucioball. From a practical standpoint, Copa Lucioball is pretty much just like regular Lucioball, except this time it’s competitive. This means that you can do ten placement rounds of 3v3 Lucioball, receive a ranking, completely ignore Copa Lucioball for a couple of weeks, and then at the end of the month, get rewarded with an appropriate amount of Competitive Points to unlock a golden weapon for your favorite Hero.

Given that Lucioball was only available for a short time last year, it is feasible that some of Overwatch’s newer players might not know how to play the gametype, or some of the more experienced players might need some brushing up. Regardless of your skill level, though, everyone wants to get those sweet, sweet Competitive Points, so it would be ideal to get placed as high as possible during the placement matches, which is where this handy guide will come in.

First and foremost, you must have the right state of mind before you even enter your first game of Copa Lucioball. This means that it would be for the best if you were to treat each and every game of Copa Lucioball as seriously as you would a normal Competitive Overwatch match. For players who typically try to avoid Competitive mode, you will thus have to be ready to communicate with the other two people on your team. If it were a normal match of Lucioball, it would be very helpful to call out relevant information—such as the position of the ball and every person in the game, where you intend to go and a general direction of where you intend to shoot the ball, whether or not you’re the goalie, etc.—but since this is Competitive Lucioball, you must also be ready to say things like how your teammates are literally the worst players ever, how this is just your smurf account and you’re actually a Grandmaster at Copa Lucioball, and be especially sure to threaten to throw the game if you can’t play as [insert Hero name here]. Try to practice this skill by looking at the mirror and saying things like “I wasn’t even trying” and “Stupid [insert Hero name here] main” at least once a day until it becomes second nature to you.

Secondly, it would be great if you were to get acquainted with Lucio’s mechanics so that you can figure out how best to use him, as some people may not have ever touched a healer in the game—that’s OK, this is a judgement free guide. Basically, Lucio is like the Tracer of Overwatch’s Support Heroes in that he’s all about going very fast and running on walls to get extra speed, especially in Lucioball where wallrunning is the only real way that you’re going to be able to get from one side of the stadium to the other. You can super-jump off the giant yellow pads in Lucioball as well, but, depending on the situation, they may not always be a practical choice. Given Lucioball’s unique set of rules, you can’t shoot other players to push them out of the way or anything of that nature, but since this is Copa Lucioball, be sure to buy and bind Lucio’s sitting emote to an easy to reach key. That way, whenever another player comes with 10 feet of you, you can instantly fall to the ground and try to get them banned for hacking; this is particularly effective if you can convincingly make I-am-totally-mortally-wounded sounds and or suspiciously emotional social media posts.

Lastly, it would likely help to take an occasional break from Copa Lucioball, especially if you are suffering a string of losses. Remember, the event lasts until the end of the month, which means that you can play one game a day (which lasts some 5 minutes) and still have plenty of time left over to do other things; it would be rather unnecessary to cram all ten placement matches into a single day unless you really want to get it out of the way. This is exactly the kind of way that a casual player thinks though, and since this is competitive Lucioball, you better start chugging a bunch of Mountain Dew and open a family size pack of Doritos to get an edge over the more casual Overwatch players. Who knows, you might even be able to grace the top 10,000 players leaderboards, which is displayed below in all of its glory.

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