Blizzard has added in a new system to the Overwatch PTR as you can now check out how you died in style with Overwatch Replays. A system that, up until now, was basically only available to the esports wing of the game, you can now access your previous matches and view them from multiple angles and see down to the frame of what happened in a match and what people were doing. We have a few notes about it here, and Blizzard loaded up a full tutorial about it on their website, but you now have the ability to replay matches for your own observational motives. Well, in the PTR for now. Go enjoy it while you can, but keep in mind, you can't just pull up any old match right now, you have to play something in PTR and then access the game you played.
You can view available Replays from your Player Profile under the Replays tab. There you'll be able to load up your 10 most recent matches in all game modes (except for Tutorial and Practice Range). Replays will be available for the duration of a patch; as with Highlights, your Replays will be reset when a new patch launches.
Observe Like a Pro
Here are a few tips to help you level up your Replays experience:
- If you want to learn how a specific player uses a hero, make sure to spectate both them and the enemy they're attacking. This will help you understand the difference in their play styles.
- Using the map overlay (Ctrl+I) to watch a match will help you understand how team fights unfold. The icons for each hero provide status indicators so you can see exactly what is happening to that player.
- For the best view when using the map overlay, position your camera high in the sky and look straight down at the ground. This allows you to see an overhead map when using the tool.
- Setting up static cameras in specific locations can help you view fights from multiple perspectives and better understand team rotations. Remember to bookmark your locations each new match.
- If you're creating highlight footage for videos, don't overuse slow motion. For the most dramatic effect, slow down the most impactful moments of a play or a team fight.