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bathrobeDFS - Daily Analysis for February 25th and Review of February 24th

Hello, everyone! bathrobeDFS here with your daily basketball article. First, I will breakdown my lineup for yesterday’s main slate. Then I will go over tonight’s slate from the perspective of a one lineup player on Draftkings. If you have any additional questions or want to see guaranteed updates in regards to breaking news- I provide additional updates, information, and stats on my twitter @bathrobeDFS. Feel free to throw me a follow cause it’s much easier and more timely to provide updates over that medium. It also should go without saying, this is just a preliminary analysis of the slate: everything can change throughout the day, so make sure you are staying on top of any and all injury news and change your lineups accordingly! I am always available to help with any questions there, as well, even if I can’t do a second article. Let’s get started with the Review!
Yesterday In Review:
My Lineup- -
Name Price DKP Value
Lowry 7300 47 6.4x
Lin 4400 14.25 3.2x
Gay 5700 21.75 3.8x
Kornet 3900 0 0x
Gasol 5600 29.75 5.3x
T. Ross 5300 41.25 7.8x
LMA 7500 26.25 3.5x
Jokic 10200 53 5.2x
Total 49900 233.25 4.674x
Best Possible Lineup- - Using the free lineup rewind tool on fantasycruncher, I find the highest possible lineup that could have been played.
Name Price DKP
DSJ 6800 52
T. Ross 5300 41.25
Dotson 4200 42.25
Millsap 6100 55.5
Vuc 9700 53
DeRozan 8100 53.25
Knox 5200 37.5
Mitchell Robinson 4600 45
Total 50000 379.75
Analysis-
Man, another mess of a slate. First, I am still angry that, when I started my work yesterday, there was no 3 game slate available. That changed everything, and I’m sorry I didn’t do a normal full article in that case. Second, Kawhi was ruled out from out of nowhere, even though it’s not a back-to-back, forcing everyone to scramble and change lineups completely. Including me. Also, I am pissed off to the point I don’t know if I’m going to play any Knicks anymore. With Jordan out, you had to assume Kornet would get at least SOME run tonight at 3900 but, instead, he got 0 minutes in the first half and they let Ellenson get some minutes, which I predicted yesterday, but not at the expense of Kornet who had been getting 30 minutes a game. So ugh. Knicks. Sorry. Not gonna go there again. I locked in Lowry, Lin and Gasol with Kawhi out and Gasol starting. I thought Lin would get more run than he did (like FVV would), but they didn’t use him even close to the same way. I also loved Terrence Ross in that game so I locked him in. This let me get Jokic from the DEN game, who i thought was the best play on the slate, as well as get LMA, Gay and Kornet in the last game of the day. I was looking OK until DeRozan went off (as I predicted. ugh.) and Kornet didn’t get in the game. For some reason. That no one knows. Except Fizdale is a shitty coach we can’t trust. Ever. Enough Sentence Fragments. Let’s. Get. Down. To. Biz. i. Ness. (I think that’s actually Will. i. Am’s brother).
The Daily Slate:
So, I am going to ditch the MSC section. It just isn’t what I was hoping. Most of the time, with the injury news, the play isn’t as good as it should be, and I feel like I am forcing that person into my lineup, regardless of the news, at my own detriment. I will still let you know the players I think will have a better chance of reaching their ceiling, but, especially on a day like today - one with 11 games and a ton of studs questionable or worse - it wouldn’t benefit you to pick someone now when everything will change so dramatically before lock. I do hope to be able to do a Good Chalk/Bad Chalk more often from now on to combat this. But we will see how it all shakes out. We have to remember, I am new to this. I only started this a couple months ago and I’m trying to do something different with this long form experiment. With talking about more than basketball. With everything. So it will be a living, breathing, evolving thing. It also means I am up for suggestions to how to improve it!
Besides the MSC disappearing for the foreseeable future, there is another major change- a significant addition that should help you out, and help increase the amount of communication I can engage in (even more than here or twitter). Ever since someone told me about Slack a month or so ago, I have been looking into a chat app to provide more of a real-time ability to talk to people about the slate. Or discuss breaking news. Or answer questions if I can. I was going to do Slack, but it was too much of a clusterfuck for me. I can understand why it’s popular, but it’s just not as easy to manage as I want something like this to be. While I was looking around, a few of the people that helped start FanDuel got a hold of me and wanted me to try a new chat app called Flick. I downloaded it and gave it a go and I really like it (or I would either use something else, or just not do this yet). I will be able to chat in real time. I will be able to make new topics for everything and anything I want. So I can make a new chat every day for every slate. For MLB and NBA. I can regulate it so it’s invite only, so we won’t be harassed by trolls and people trying to give us bad information. All of this was very important to me, since I really believe in what I am doing and don’t want to hurt its quality in any way. Expanding to something I can’t control, where harrassment is possible and it’s too easy to lose things, just wasn’t going to work for me. So starting tomorrow, I am going to be crossposting everything I do here into Flick, in a new topic, where I can answer questions or just chat about various process issues. It will be faster and easier than messaging me here or on twitter (though, as an older dude, I may not be as good at it as I should be). So, if you are interested, I would download the Flick App and send me a DM here or on twitter and I will send you the invite link. I am excited to give this a try and I hope it helps all of you as much as I think it will. Alternately, you can probably just look me up on the app as “bathrobeDFS” and ask for an invite there, but I have no problem doing it here or on twitter either. Ok. That’s enough with that. Let’s look at this crazy 11 game slate.
Situations to take advantage of (in no particular order):
Situations to monitor:
Man, this is going to be a fun one tonight! This is one of the rare times I didn’t even have to use my “situations to be careful of” section!! Everything is either great, or something we have to watch out for news about. Either way, I am excited to see you all on the new chat app I’ll be using. It should be really cool, and I’m excited to give it a try with all of you fantastic people. Best of luck tonight, everyone! And I guess I’ll talk to you all soon.
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Overwatch Hero Meta Report #19: The Eve of Ana

Hey Reddit, CaptainPlanet here! I sometimes write about Overwatch. First, here are this week's announcements:
 

First, since some of you can't be bothered to read the whole report -- here's a 5 second summary of my conclusions:

Soldier 76 and Pharah define the end of the Pre-Ana Meta - but that Meta has crystallized in time forever. I make predictions about next week's Tiers, and dive into Hero Swaps (both TO and FROM).
 

Second, Please remember that this data is taken from PC TOURNAMENTS ONLY. This isn't meant to represent general trends, or represent Console trends, or represent anything but maybe the very top of Ranked Play, so please stop asking me why Torbjorn isn't listed in the top Tier.

 

Third, another reminder: that I have joined Overbuff as its Content Manager! This means that my Reports will begin to be hosted on their site* in the coming weeks. This does NOT mean my reddit posts will be going away, so you all have nothing to fear <3

*which is totally awesome by the way. you should check out their "Live" page in particular -- it lets you track your favorite streamer's rank, skill rating, and Hero stats as well as discover new streamers who play the Heroes you like the most.
 

Fourth, Please remember that this week's Data was gathered immediately PRIOR to Ana's release. It will serve as a final Data Point of the Pre-Ana Meta -- it should not be considered an accurate depiction of the Post-Ana Meta by any means at all.

 

For those who are new:

These are the rules and assumptions I make in order to collect this data without going insane. They are as follows (or skip them, if you don't care):
 
 
 

Now that that's out of the way, here's a Link Dump:

My Twitter

Follow me if you want to keep up to date with my reports! I'll usually go live on my site and announce on Twitter some time before I post to reddit, and I also dump all of my infographics there for easy sharing

A link to the Raw Data for all of you statistic-junkie Redditors.

Data was taken from the ESL Battle for the Atlantic EU Qualifiers, 1 Hero Limit, Map Pool of Dorado, King's Row, Watchpoint: Gibraltar, Numbani, and Lijiang Tower

This week's Raw Data is separated out into individual Maps, displayed on my newly created POW Sheet. Give them a look!

Speaking of which, this is a link to the V1.1 POW Sheet Template

I will go into much more detail in the Report about this -- definitely take a look if you're an aspiring analyst or just wish to better your VOD reviews

Here's a link to my site, where my full Report resides

check it out you'll love it

A link to icarusgamers- YouTube Channel

he helps me collect the data, and does his own Video-based Meta Report -- check it out!
 

Finally, here's Some pretty Infographics

Hero Usage Rate for this Week

Hero Tier List

Swaps TO and FROM Infographic for this Week

Interactive Historical Meta Tracking Chart

Highly recommend playing around with the above ^ you can turn off specific Heroes and mousing over a Hero highlights their progression on all four charts, very informative! Huge Shoutout to Janzen, a reader of mine who came to me with the Tableau software I used to create it!
 
 

Interesting Conclusions I drew from the data:

THE TIERS

Now that 1 Hero Limit is the Law of the Land, my Tier Ranges need a little bit of a makeover. Moving forward, the Tiers will be as follows:
  • S Tier: >95% Usage Rate. This should highlight the Heroes which are "overused" in Tournament Play -- and thus may be targets for future Nerfs. A Hero exceeding 95% Usage will be especially hard to reach now that I normalize my Usage Rates by Time as well -- a Hero will have to be used not only in 95% of matches, but 95% of all time played in a particular Tournament. Of course, any cutoff that I choose for any Tier is subjective on some level, but I figured 95% would fit nicely as a symmetrical pair with F Tier's current 5% cutoff on the low end of the scale.
 
  • A Tier: >80% Usage Rate. The A Tier stays the same, but loses a little bit off the top end to accommodate the new S Tier.
 
  • B Tier: >50% Usage Rate. Many people were confused by the “Old” B Tier because it had a much wider range than all of the other Tiers. Now, both the B and the C Tier will have the same range -- 30% -- and the Tier List as a whole will be symmetrical in its Ranges (5 - 15 - 30 - 30 - 15 - 5). This means the B and the C Tier will contain Heroes with somewhat similar roles and uses, and “In-Meta” Heroes will fluctuate between these Tiers quite frequently.
 
  • C Tier: >20% Usage Rate. See B Tier’s explanation. Note that Heroes in the C Tier still fall into an “acceptable” Usage Rate (at least, in my subjective opinion).
 
  • D Tier: >5% Usage Rate. D Tier remains unchanged.
 
  • F Tier: <5% Usage Rate. F Tier remains unchanged
 

NOW THAT THAT’S OUT OF THE WAY, LET'S ACTUALLY LOOK AT THIS WEEK'S TIERS:

  • S "Soon to be Mccree" Tier (>95% Usage Rate **): No one!
 
  • A "Core Heroes" Tier (80%-95% Usage Rate): MERCY, LUCIO
 
  • B "Momma's Favorites" Tier (50%-80% Usage Rate): PHARAH, SOLDIER 76  
  • C "Balanced" Tier (20%-50% Usage Rate): WINSTON, ZARYA, REAPER, REINHARDT, ROADHOG, MCCREE
 
  • D "Crowded out of Lineup Slots, Also Specialists" Tier (5%-20% Usage Rate): TRACER, GENJI, TORBJORN, HANZO, D.VA
 
  • F "Barely Used" Tier (<5% Usage Rate): WIDOWMAKER, MEI, BASTION, ZENYATTA, JUNKRAT, SYMMETRA
 
**What is Usage Rate? For every match, I record the time spent on each Hero and divide it by that match's total time duration. Each of these Data points (a number from 0-1) are then summed across all sides of all matches, then divided by the total number of sides and converted to a percentage to produce a Hero's overall Usage Rate.
 
The Tier Ranges I’ve chosen**** reflect different states of “Balance” in the Meta. This week, the Meta that is being analyzed is the Meta of 1 Hero Limit, Map Pool consisting of Dorado, King's Row, Numbani, Watchpoint: Gibraltar, and Lijiang Tower, and Stopwatch Scoring for successful attacks on Payload Maps.
 
The S Tier: The "Potentially Overpowered Heroes". Even though last week Mercy would have reached the newly adjusted S Tier, no Hero reached a Usage Rate of greater than 95% this week. This can be attributed at least in part to ESL’s Map Pool for the week -- consisting of Dorado, Watchpoint: Gibraltar, King’s Row, Numbani, and Lijiang Tower. Without Hollywood in the Map Pool -- and with a larger than average King of the Hill representation -- Mercy’s Usage took a slight hit this week. I cannot tell if Mercy's Usage will increase or decrease as Pros either pair her with Ana or sub her out entirely, but I expect Mercy to have the only realistic chance of reaching the S Tier in next week's post-release Report. Except for McCree, of course.
 
The A Tier: The “Core" Heroes. On the eve of Ana’s release, Lucio and Mercy control the A Tier as Overwatch’s only viable Healing Supports. Much could change in the coming weeks with Ana on the loose and buffed Zenyattas stalking the Payload, but Lucio and Mercy stand as the previous Meta's “OG” Healers that all future supports will be compared to. This is actually the first week that neither of these Heroes reached at least 90% Usage Rate, but this may just be a new trend emerging in response to the migration of my process a Time-based system rather than Pick-Based -- not to mention the limited Map Pool from which this Data was pulled.
 
The B Tier: The “Favorite” Heroes. With the re-shuffling of the Tiers, the B Tier and C Tier will generally fill with many of the same kinds of Heroes -- Heroes who are used often enough to be considered "Balanced" but that don't appear in every single lineup like the A and S Tiers. Moving forward, the B Tier will signify the “Favorites” of the Balanced Tiers -- those Heroes which have a Balanced Usage Rate but rise above the masses for one reason or another. This week, the B Tier features Soldier 76 and Pharah -- the two defining DPS Heroes of the pre-Ana Meta. These two DPS rose to prominence following the McCree and Widowmaker nerfs: Pharah due to the loss of her natural predators and Soldier 76 to fill the Hitscan gap they left behind. Judging from reports from the PTR and now with the Live Patch both Soldier 76 and Pharah may soon become endangered species -- but I will get to that later.
 
The C Tier: The “Balanced” Heroes. The C Tier is filled with a pool of Heroes that appear in many if not most games, but are usually not used for more than specific parts of Maps. This is especially apparent when looking at Hero Swap Data: the C Tier Heroes account for a great deal of the “Swaps From” top rankings. For example, Heroes like Reaper excel in closed-in spaces -- but Maps often only have limited areas that feed into Reaper's playstyle. Reaper’s Pick Rate could be high, but due to his high Swap Rate and the low overall Time Spent on the Hero, he ends up being in the C Tier instead of B or A. Other Heroes like Roadhog and Pharah were used as “safe” first-point specialist picks -- Heroes that can react well to a variety of unknown Opponent lineups -- but then were usually the lineup slot first swapped out for a better counter as the Match progressed.
 
The D Tier: The “Meta Dependent” Heroes. These Heroes have the potential to reach the Balanced Usage Tiers but are crowded out by popular Meta Heroes, Map trends, or strategies. Tracer fits the bill here -- she’s a King of the Hill specialist but there’s simply not quite enough King of the Hill Maps being played to boost her numbers north of 20% Usage. Genji is a Hero who I expect to skyrocket in Usage in the Post-Ana Meta -- a Nano-boosted Dragonblade will haunt the dreams of many Pros and Pub-stompers alike. One final note: check out Hanzo! This is the first week in recent memory that Hanzo has escaped the F Tier -- and unfortunately it’s going to be a short-lived excursion. Hanzo has been stealth-nerfed with the release of the Ana Patch by Blizzard’s change to their “around corners” hit-detection netcode. No more random Headshots hitting an enemy you cannot even see!
 
The F Tier: The “We Exist, Barely” Heroes. The cratering of "Defense" Heroes is becoming more than a trend. Out of the six Heroes who crystallized this Tier just prior to the release of Ana:
  • Four are classified as “Defense” by Blizzard
  • One is Symmetra, who is can basically only be used on Defense
  • One is Zenyatta, who hit 0 Usage Rate for the second week in a row.
Blizzard heavily buffed Zenyatta in the new Patch, but it seems that there’s a systemic problem with all of the “Defense” Heroes in Overwatch. Overwatch by its nature is an “Offense” oriented game that revolves around getting Picks and steamrolling a 6v5 into a Team Wipe -- meaning the best Defense is a good Offense. It looks like somehow, some way, the Devs need to figure out how to buff their “Defense” specialists in such a way that they’re viable on Defense but not overpowered on Offense (see: Old Widowmaker). Any ideas?
 
***I do not chose the placement of Heroes in a Tier, only the Range which defines the Tier. By determining Usage Rate directly from Hero Time Played in Tournament Matches, my data is Objectively determined, and not subjective at all.
 

THE EVE OF ANA

A Meta, Crystallized

One of the most interesting things about doing Meta Reports is what happens when a big change comes through. This week, all of my Data was taken from Tournaments that occurred immediately prior to the release of Overwatch’s newest Hero, Ana, and a bevy of Balance changes which gives me the unique opportunity to save a point in Overwatch’s Meta as a reference point for future comparison. Just looking at the Historical Tracking above we've already experienced several "Crystallization" moments just in the past 6 weeks or so: the rise of the McCree/Widowmaker Meta before their June 14th nerfs, the subsequent rise of the Soldier 76/Pharah/Roadhog Meta which emerged after McCree and Widomaker's fall, even a strange week of 0HL which demonstrated just how wacky the Meta can get with free reign on Hero Picks.
The interesting fact about Meta Crystallization is not that the Meta has reached a steady state -- it's that external factors force a dynamic Meta to suddenly and severely change, leaving behind a lasting image of itself in time. While the Pre-Ana Meta was certainly dominated by the Mercy / Lucio Support Duo paired with Soldier 76 and Pharah as main DPS -- the Meta was starting to show signs of adjustment right up until Ana's Patch hitting mid-tournament for ESL. McCree had begun to rebound, Roadhog had begun to decline, and Reinhardt had begun to crater -- who knows what an Ana-less Meta would have looked like in just another week's time! Moving forward, try to think of Crystallized Metas like this week's Data Point as Fossils: they serve as a long-gone reminder of "how things used to be" and also as an indicator to how the game is about to Evolve.
 

A Meta, Evolved

To build upon my Nature-based analogies, we can think of Overwatch's Meta as an Ecosystem filled with Heroes who feed off a resource called Hero Usage. Occasionally, this Ecosystem is subject to calamities in the form of Balance Changes, Hero Releases, and even Tournament Format Changes -- altering the amount of the limited Hero Usage "food supply" Heroes need for sustenance as their natural abilities become favored or un-favored in the current Ecosystem.
In this week's extreme case, a new Hero has entered the scene to compete for Hero Usage, splitting the share share of the resource of this Ecosystem even further. Furthermore, several "old" Heroes have received not-so-random mutations in the form of Nerfs and Buffs. In Nature, random genetic mutations are exactly how they sound -- random -- but are responsible for the evolution of all species we see today. In Overwatch, the Developers get to play God with the genetic code of its Heroes and choose the mutations they think will give neglected Heroes a greater share of the Hero Usage Pie. In a sense, Blizzard's Balance Developers attempt to shape the evolution of the Meta Ecosystem by directly tinkering with the evolution of its Heroes -- but in the end it is the players who control the distribution the Ecosystem's main resource. How will they respond?

The Next Evolution - Predictions

With all of this talk about the future Meta its time to make some predictions. I'm going to blast through all 22(!) Heroes and predict what Tier they'll fall into next week and why -- who wants to take bets on how many I get correct?
 
Ana: C Tier. The Pro community is completely split on the idea of Ana. The more conservative players seem to lean towards sticking with a traditional (read: Mercy + Lucio) Support setup in their lineups, while the more creative Teams have jumped on the Ana - Zenyatta bandwagon. On the other side of the gun, McCree mains maintain that McCree's buff and Ana's lack of mobility gives her a ticket straight to the dumpster, but Nanoboosted Genji mains beg to differ.
 
Bastion: F Tier. No significant changes occurred to everyone's favorite Songbird-controlled Murderbot, and no new synergies have come to the surface that could drag the poor bastard out of the F Tier. Try again next time, Bastion.
 
D.Va: B Tier. D.Va is BACK IN THE FIGHT! After many weeks of languishing in the D and F Tiers, D.Va received some very significant buffs to her Ultimate and a partial Hero Redesign to boot. Her Ultimate now costs 15% less, explodes 1 second faster, and no longer kills Hana Song in her human form. Furthermore, D.Va's Defense Matrix is now a Toggle-able ability with a 1 second cooldown between Toggles and recharge meter, allowing smart players to selectively delete single projectiles or entire Ultimates. D.Va could even reach the A Tier, but I believe unfamiliarity with the Hero will hold her back slightly.
 
Genji: C Tier. Genji's Usage in the Post-Ana Meta will be entirely dependent on the strength of the Ana - Genji Ultimate combo, and if its Team wiping ability is consistent enough to justify including Ana in a Lineup in a Meta that's sure to be filled with her natural predator: McCree.
 
McCree: S Tier. Speaking of which, McCree. McCree received what seems to be a small change -- a reduction in his falloff damage. Unfortunately, Overwatch is home to some absolutely dirty McCree mains: I'll let iddqd's PTR McCree clips speak for themselves:
http://plays.tv/s/Kt0o9ccim9sg
http://plays.tv/video/578d7f5194c7bc8b14/-justptrthings
 
Pharah: D Tier. McCree makes Pharah's life a living hell, and adding a new Sniper Hero in Ana doesn't help Pharah's situation either. Sorry Pharah, it's Mother's Meta now.
 
Reaper: C Tier. McCree's usage is about to skyrocket, which will force Soldier 76 and Pharah out of their lineup slots. Reaper, on the other hand, should be relatively unaffected due to his specialist role as a close-range brawler.
 
Soldier 76: D Tier. Soldier 76 received a "minor" change similar to McCree's, but his will push his usage in the opposite direction. McCree and Soldier 76 are always locked in a battle for Top Hitscan DPS, and for now the duel was won by the Six Gun Killer.
 
Tracer: D Tier. Tracer has not received any buffs that could help her escape the D Tier, and she's one flashbang + Headshot away from a McCree kill at all times. No change to her Tier can be expected.
 
Junkrat: F Tier. Junkrat, like many Defense-oriented Heroes, has been losing more and more ground lately to Offense-oriented Heroes who can be effective on both sides of Payload. Junkrat received no Balance Changes or new Synergies and thus seems unlikely to improve his standing.
 
Hanzo: F Tier. Hanzo had a brief moment in the sun outside of the F Tier this week due to the limited Map Pool favoring Maps he shines on, but the update to the "Around the corner" hit detection netcode should be the nail in the coffin for this Hero. I see no hope of escape from the F Tier without a significant Balance Change.
 
Mei: F Tier. Mei will see increased usage because of a stealth nerf to Self-Healing: all Self Healing effects now count towards Ultimate Charge. Most Heroes received an increase in Ultimate Charge cost in response, but not Mei! This slight increase in usage should not be enough to help her escape the F Tier, however.
 
Torbjorn: F Tier. There's no place in the Meta for Builder, Turret, or Defense Heroes -- so why would a Hero who's all three be anything other than F Tier at the Pro level?
 
Widowmaker: F Tier. Teams in the new Meta already have a sniper, and his name is McCree. Or Ana. But certainly not Widowmaker. Does this mean Widow is obsolete? Only time will tell.
 
Reinhardt: C Tier. Reinhardt was already on the decline prior to the crazy buffs D.Va received, and the return of shield-busting McCrees should hasten his freefall. Reinhardt will still be a good include on Payload Maps, but perhaps only for certain areas and only on Attack instead of for both sides of the Escort. However, I could be underestimating the synergy he shares with Ana's Nanoboost -- I'm prepared to take a loss on this one.
 
Roadhog: C Tier. Roadhog should see some swapping around with Reinhardt and Winston on Attack to pair with D.Va, and also has good synergy with Ana. Not enough to reach B Tier though.
 
Winston: C Tier. See Roadhog.
 
Zarya: B Tier. Zarya is built to hard-counter many of Ana's abilities, and also is a good annoyance to McCree. Combine her shield abilities with her Combo-enabling Graviton Surge and you've got a recipe for the B Tier.
 
Lucio: A Tier. Whenever a significant change occurs, everyone likes to go back to their old favorites. For this reason I believe Lucio and Mercy will continue to hold down the A Tier as the most "familiar" of the four Healing Supports.
 
Mercy: A Tier. I don't think Mercy has quite the potential to exceed 95% Usage this week, but her Usage Rate should remain easily high enough to reach the A Tier for her status as Overwatch's best Main Healer. Her Damage Boost will also be a staple of McCree-laden lineups, enabling the gunslingers to score easy picks consistently.
 
Symmetra: F Tier. Similarly to Junkrat, there's simply no room for a Defense-Oriented Hero in the coming Meta. Symmetra's status as a non-Healing Support also seems confusing with the release of Ana and the assumption that Zenyatta will be viable now. Symmetra...what would you say you...do here?
 
Zenyatta: B Tier. Zenyatta was the second recipient of immense buffs along with the release of this patch, and I think this should be enough to propel him all the way to the B Tier. His health has (finally) been increased from 150 to 200, and his Transcendence Ultimate now gives him double movement speed so that it can be used as a super-initiation move.
 
Reminder that these are just subjective guesses I've made based on past Trends and what I've witnessed on the PTR / heard around the Pro scene. Think you have a better prediction? Share your new tier list below in the comments!

Let's talk Swaps - Round 2

I never expected Hero Swaps to be so different between "To" and "From" until I actually made this chart. After analyzing the interaction between To and From, there seems to be a couple of interesting Trends at play. Tracer leads all Heroes on the Swapped TO chart which serves as evidence as her "Panic Button" role when Defending Points during overtime. I also (anecdotally) noticed that many Teams would swap to a Tracer mid-KotH Match instead of starting with her, potentially as a way to hold the Point after initially capturing it. Reaper held high rankings on both the To and From charts due to his status as Overwatch's premium close-range brawler -- a role that only fits certain areas of each Map. Soldier 76 had a similarly balanced To and From ranking because of his ability to solo-hold high grounds -- areas which only occur in specific locations much like Reaper's closed-in spaces. McCree oddly had a high bias towards being swapped To rather than From, presumably to fill a void in a Team's overall ability kit with his Stun Grenade or Ultimate.
On the other side of the coin, Pharah had a higher biased towards being swapped From rather than To. Teams would often start with a Pharah on King of the Hill Maps before swapping off to a Tracer upon securing the Point, but also would choose Pharah for their initial Attack or Defense lineups as a safety pick to react to unexpected Opponent Lineup decisions. It was for this same reason that I suspect Roadhog was often Swapped From: he's one of the safest initial Hero Picks for both Offense and Defense and an early hook can turn the tide of a fight. Unfortunately, when both teams roll out with a Roadhog one of these Teams must lose an engagement. In Overwatch, the Losing Team swaps Heroes much more often than the Winning Team, and this week Roadhogs were often the first target subbing out for a new Hero.
 

FINAL THOUGHTS AND SHOUTOUTS

As always, none of this Data could exist without the help of the Competitive Overwatch Community -- so remember to check out my Competitive Overwatch Beta Twitch Directory! This Directory features all of the Twitch Streams and Social Media of as many of the people who helped make the Beta Competitive Scene great that I could find. Get out there and give these people a Follow -- without them there would be no Competitive Scene and no Overwatch Hero Meta Report. This week I'd also like to give a shoutout to a secret redditor who's reached out to help me with some very exciting developments for the Report. I can't wait to buckle down and keep creating new content to show you all, and this should help me out immensely. You know who you are :)
 
Peace,

CaptainPlanet

Meta Report Changelog

Vastly overhaule data collection process, Debuted the POW Analyst Sheet
Updated Color Scheme to infographics for better colorblind usage
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions and their answers:

  • I DON'T AGREE WITH YOUR TIERS1!!11!1 I don't pick the tiers. This data is objective data, all I'm doing here is counting how often Heroes get picked, or swapped to, during competitive Overwatch Tournaments!
  • I never see these Heroes in my own matches! What are you talking about, how can this be a Hero Meta Report when I only see Bastions/Torbjorns/whatever! This is meant to be a Meta Report covering the Competitive Scene of Overwatch, not the pubs/casual scene/ladder. There's no way for me to collect that kind of data anyway!
  • What's up with the Stopwatch timers? They're not always right! This part of the chart is still a work in progress, and sometimes teams concede at weird timings leading to incorrect results. This would be a lot easier if Blizzard simply included a stopwatch mode natively in the game...
  • Some Heroes have >100% probability of being picked during a match!! How is that possible?!? Sometimes, Heroes were being double-picked very often -- leading to a greater than 100% probability that a Team featured some Heroes in such matches.
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Overwatch Hero Meta Report #19: The Eve of Ana

Hey Reddit, CaptainPlanet here! I sometimes write about Overwatch. First, here are this week's announcements:
 

First, since some of you can't be bothered to read the whole report -- here's a 5 second summary of my conclusions:

Soldier 76 and Pharah define the end of the Pre-Ana Meta - but that Meta has crystallized in time forever. I make predictions about next week's Tiers, and dive into Hero Swaps (both TO and FROM).
 

Second, Please remember that this data is taken from PC TOURNAMENTS ONLY. This isn't meant to represent general trends, or represent Console trends, or represent anything but maybe the very top of Ranked Play, so please stop asking me why Torbjorn isn't listed in the top Tier.

 

Third, another reminder: that I have joined Overbuff as its Content Manager! This means that my Reports will begin to be hosted on their site* in the coming weeks. This does NOT mean my reddit posts will be going away, so you all have nothing to fear <3

*which is totally awesome by the way. you should check out their "Live" page in particular -- it lets you track your favorite streamer's rank, skill rating, and Hero stats as well as discover new streamers who play the Heroes you like the most.
 

Fourth, Please remember that this week's Data was gathered immediately PRIOR to Ana's release. It will serve as a final Data Point of the Pre-Ana Meta -- it should not be considered an accurate depiction of the Post-Ana Meta by any means at all.

 

For those who are new:

These are the rules and assumptions I make in order to collect this data without going insane. They are as follows (or skip them, if you don't care):
 
 
 

Now that that's out of the way, here's a Link Dump:

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A link to the Raw Data for all of you statistic-junkie Redditors.

Data was taken from the ESL Battle for the Atlantic EU Qualifiers, 1 Hero Limit, Map Pool of Dorado, King's Row, Watchpoint: Gibraltar, Numbani, and Lijiang Tower

This week's Raw Data is separated out into individual Maps, displayed on my newly created POW Sheet. Give them a look!

Speaking of which, this is a link to the V1.1 POW Sheet Template

I will go into much more detail in the Report about this -- definitely take a look if you're an aspiring analyst or just wish to better your VOD reviews

Here's a link to my site, where my full Report resides

check it out you'll love it

A link to icarusgamers- YouTube Channel

he helps me collect the data, and does his own Video-based Meta Report -- check it out!
 

Finally, here's Some pretty Infographics

Hero Usage Rate for this Week

Hero Tier List

Swaps TO and FROM Infographic for this Week

Interactive Historical Meta Tracking Chart

Highly recommend playing around with the above ^ you can turn off specific Heroes and mousing over a Hero highlights their progression on all four charts, very informative! Huge Shoutout to Janzen, a reader of mine who came to me with the Tableau software I used to create it!
 
 

Interesting Conclusions I drew from the data:

THE TIERS

Now that 1 Hero Limit is the Law of the Land, my Tier Ranges need a little bit of a makeover. Moving forward, the Tiers will be as follows:
  • S Tier: >95% Usage Rate. This should highlight the Heroes which are "overused" in Tournament Play -- and thus may be targets for future Nerfs. A Hero exceeding 95% Usage will be especially hard to reach now that I normalize my Usage Rates by Time as well -- a Hero will have to be used not only in 95% of matches, but 95% of all time played in a particular Tournament. Of course, any cutoff that I choose for any Tier is subjective on some level, but I figured 95% would fit nicely as a symmetrical pair with F Tier's current 5% cutoff on the low end of the scale.
 
  • A Tier: >80% Usage Rate. The A Tier stays the same, but loses a little bit off the top end to accommodate the new S Tier.
 
  • B Tier: >50% Usage Rate. Many people were confused by the “Old” B Tier because it had a much wider range than all of the other Tiers. Now, both the B and the C Tier will have the same range -- 30% -- and the Tier List as a whole will be symmetrical in its Ranges (5 - 15 - 30 - 30 - 15 - 5). This means the B and the C Tier will contain Heroes with somewhat similar roles and uses, and “In-Meta” Heroes will fluctuate between these Tiers quite frequently.
 
  • C Tier: >20% Usage Rate. See B Tier’s explanation. Note that Heroes in the C Tier still fall into an “acceptable” Usage Rate (at least, in my subjective opinion).
 
  • D Tier: >5% Usage Rate. D Tier remains unchanged.
 
  • F Tier: <5% Usage Rate. F Tier remains unchanged
 

NOW THAT THAT’S OUT OF THE WAY, LET'S ACTUALLY LOOK AT THIS WEEK'S TIERS:

  • S "Soon to be Mccree" Tier (>95% Usage Rate **): No one!
 
  • A "Core Heroes" Tier (80%-95% Usage Rate): MERCY, LUCIO
 
  • B "Momma's Favorites" Tier (50%-80% Usage Rate): PHARAH, SOLDIER 76  
  • C "Balanced" Tier (20%-50% Usage Rate): WINSTON, ZARYA, REAPER, REINHARDT, ROADHOG, MCCREE
 
  • D "Crowded out of Lineup Slots, Also Specialists" Tier (5%-20% Usage Rate): TRACER, GENJI, TORBJORN, HANZO, D.VA
 
  • F "Barely Used" Tier (<5% Usage Rate): WIDOWMAKER, MEI, BASTION, ZENYATTA, JUNKRAT, SYMMETRA
 
**What is Usage Rate? For every match, I record the time spent on each Hero and divide it by that match's total time duration. Each of these Data points (a number from 0-1) are then summed across all sides of all matches, then divided by the total number of sides and converted to a percentage to produce a Hero's overall Usage Rate.
 
The Tier Ranges I’ve chosen**** reflect different states of “Balance” in the Meta. This week, the Meta that is being analyzed is the Meta of 1 Hero Limit, Map Pool consisting of Dorado, King's Row, Numbani, Watchpoint: Gibraltar, and Lijiang Tower, and Stopwatch Scoring for successful attacks on Payload Maps.
 
The S Tier: The "Potentially Overpowered Heroes". Even though last week Mercy would have reached the newly adjusted S Tier, no Hero reached a Usage Rate of greater than 95% this week. This can be attributed at least in part to ESL’s Map Pool for the week -- consisting of Dorado, Watchpoint: Gibraltar, King’s Row, Numbani, and Lijiang Tower. Without Hollywood in the Map Pool -- and with a larger than average King of the Hill representation -- Mercy’s Usage took a slight hit this week. I cannot tell if Mercy's Usage will increase or decrease as Pros either pair her with Ana or sub her out entirely, but I expect Mercy to have the only realistic chance of reaching the S Tier in next week's post-release Report. Except for McCree, of course.
 
The A Tier: The “Core" Heroes. On the eve of Ana’s release, Lucio and Mercy control the A Tier as Overwatch’s only viable Healing Supports. Much could change in the coming weeks with Ana on the loose and buffed Zenyattas stalking the Payload, but Lucio and Mercy stand as the previous Meta's “OG” Healers that all future supports will be compared to. This is actually the first week that neither of these Heroes reached at least 90% Usage Rate, but this may just be a new trend emerging in response to the migration of my process a Time-based system rather than Pick-Based -- not to mention the limited Map Pool from which this Data was pulled.
 
The B Tier: The “Favorite” Heroes. With the re-shuffling of the Tiers, the B Tier and C Tier will generally fill with many of the same kinds of Heroes -- Heroes who are used often enough to be considered "Balanced" but that don't appear in every single lineup like the A and S Tiers. Moving forward, the B Tier will signify the “Favorites” of the Balanced Tiers -- those Heroes which have a Balanced Usage Rate but rise above the masses for one reason or another. This week, the B Tier features Soldier 76 and Pharah -- the two defining DPS Heroes of the pre-Ana Meta. These two DPS rose to prominence following the McCree and Widowmaker nerfs: Pharah due to the loss of her natural predators and Soldier 76 to fill the Hitscan gap they left behind. Judging from reports from the PTR and now with the Live Patch both Soldier 76 and Pharah may soon become endangered species -- but I will get to that later.
 
The C Tier: The “Balanced” Heroes. The C Tier is filled with a pool of Heroes that appear in many if not most games, but are usually not used for more than specific parts of Maps. This is especially apparent when looking at Hero Swap Data: the C Tier Heroes account for a great deal of the “Swaps From” top rankings. For example, Heroes like Reaper excel in closed-in spaces -- but Maps often only have limited areas that feed into Reaper's playstyle. Reaper’s Pick Rate could be high, but due to his high Swap Rate and the low overall Time Spent on the Hero, he ends up being in the C Tier instead of B or A. Other Heroes like Roadhog and Pharah were used as “safe” first-point specialist picks -- Heroes that can react well to a variety of unknown Opponent lineups -- but then were usually the lineup slot first swapped out for a better counter as the Match progressed.
 
The D Tier: The “Meta Dependent” Heroes. These Heroes have the potential to reach the Balanced Usage Tiers but are crowded out by popular Meta Heroes, Map trends, or strategies. Tracer fits the bill here -- she’s a King of the Hill specialist but there’s simply not quite enough King of the Hill Maps being played to boost her numbers north of 20% Usage. Genji is a Hero who I expect to skyrocket in Usage in the Post-Ana Meta -- a Nano-boosted Dragonblade will haunt the dreams of many Pros and Pub-stompers alike. One final note: check out Hanzo! This is the first week in recent memory that Hanzo has escaped the F Tier -- and unfortunately it’s going to be a short-lived excursion. Hanzo has been stealth-nerfed with the release of the Ana Patch by Blizzard’s change to their “around corners” hit-detection netcode. No more random Headshots hitting an enemy you cannot even see!
 
The F Tier: The “We Exist, Barely” Heroes. The cratering of "Defense" Heroes is becoming more than a trend. Out of the six Heroes who crystallized this Tier just prior to the release of Ana:
  • Four are classified as “Defense” by Blizzard
  • One is Symmetra, who is can basically only be used on Defense
  • One is Zenyatta, who hit 0 Usage Rate for the second week in a row.
Blizzard heavily buffed Zenyatta in the new Patch, but it seems that there’s a systemic problem with all of the “Defense” Heroes in Overwatch. Overwatch by its nature is an “Offense” oriented game that revolves around getting Picks and steamrolling a 6v5 into a Team Wipe -- meaning the best Defense is a good Offense. It looks like somehow, some way, the Devs need to figure out how to buff their “Defense” specialists in such a way that they’re viable on Defense but not overpowered on Offense (see: Old Widowmaker). Any ideas?
 
***I do not chose the placement of Heroes in a Tier, only the Range which defines the Tier. By determining Usage Rate directly from Hero Time Played in Tournament Matches, my data is Objectively determined, and not subjective at all.
 

THE EVE OF ANA

A Meta, Crystallized

One of the most interesting things about doing Meta Reports is what happens when a big change comes through. This week, all of my Data was taken from Tournaments that occurred immediately prior to the release of Overwatch’s newest Hero, Ana, and a bevy of Balance changes which gives me the unique opportunity to save a point in Overwatch’s Meta as a reference point for future comparison. Just looking at the Historical Tracking above we've already experienced several "Crystallization" moments just in the past 6 weeks or so: the rise of the McCree/Widowmaker Meta before their June 14th nerfs, the subsequent rise of the Soldier 76/Pharah/Roadhog Meta which emerged after McCree and Widomaker's fall, even a strange week of 0HL which demonstrated just how wacky the Meta can get with free reign on Hero Picks.
The interesting fact about Meta Crystallization is not that the Meta has reached a steady state -- it's that external factors force a dynamic Meta to suddenly and severely change, leaving behind a lasting image of itself in time. While the Pre-Ana Meta was certainly dominated by the Mercy / Lucio Support Duo paired with Soldier 76 and Pharah as main DPS -- the Meta was starting to show signs of adjustment right up until Ana's Patch hitting mid-tournament for ESL. McCree had begun to rebound, Roadhog had begun to decline, and Reinhardt had begun to crater -- who knows what an Ana-less Meta would have looked like in just another week's time! Moving forward, try to think of Crystallized Metas like this week's Data Point as Fossils: they serve as a long-gone reminder of "how things used to be" and also as an indicator to how the game is about to Evolve.
 

A Meta, Evolved

To build upon my Nature-based analogies, we can think of Overwatch's Meta as an Ecosystem filled with Heroes who feed off a resource called Hero Usage. Occasionally, this Ecosystem is subject to calamities in the form of Balance Changes, Hero Releases, and even Tournament Format Changes -- altering the amount of the limited Hero Usage "food supply" Heroes need for sustenance as their natural abilities become favored or un-favored in the current Ecosystem.
In this week's extreme case, a new Hero has entered the scene to compete for Hero Usage, splitting the share share of the resource of this Ecosystem even further. Furthermore, several "old" Heroes have received not-so-random mutations in the form of Nerfs and Buffs. In Nature, random genetic mutations are exactly how they sound -- random -- but are responsible for the evolution of all species we see today. In Overwatch, the Developers get to play God with the genetic code of its Heroes and choose the mutations they think will give neglected Heroes a greater share of the Hero Usage Pie. In a sense, Blizzard's Balance Developers attempt to shape the evolution of the Meta Ecosystem by directly tinkering with the evolution of its Heroes -- but in the end it is the players who control the distribution the Ecosystem's main resource. How will they respond?

The Next Evolution - Predictions

With all of this talk about the future Meta its time to make some predictions. I'm going to blast through all 22(!) Heroes and predict what Tier they'll fall into next week and why -- who wants to take bets on how many I get correct?
 
Ana: C Tier. The Pro community is completely split on the idea of Ana. The more conservative players seem to lean towards sticking with a traditional (read: Mercy + Lucio) Support setup in their lineups, while the more creative Teams have jumped on the Ana - Zenyatta bandwagon. On the other side of the gun, McCree mains maintain that McCree's buff and Ana's lack of mobility gives her a ticket straight to the dumpster, but Nanoboosted Genji mains beg to differ.
 
Bastion: F Tier. No significant changes occurred to everyone's favorite Songbird-controlled Murderbot, and no new synergies have come to the surface that could drag the poor bastard out of the F Tier. Try again next time, Bastion.
 
D.Va: B Tier. D.Va is BACK IN THE FIGHT! After many weeks of languishing in the D and F Tiers, D.Va received some very significant buffs to her Ultimate and a partial Hero Redesign to boot. Her Ultimate now costs 15% less, explodes 1 second faster, and no longer kills Hana Song in her human form. Furthermore, D.Va's Defense Matrix is now a Toggle-able ability with a 1 second cooldown between Toggles and recharge meter, allowing smart players to selectively delete single projectiles or entire Ultimates. D.Va could even reach the A Tier, but I believe unfamiliarity with the Hero will hold her back slightly.
 
Genji: C Tier. Genji's Usage in the Post-Ana Meta will be entirely dependent on the strength of the Ana - Genji Ultimate combo, and if its Team wiping ability is consistent enough to justify including Ana in a Lineup in a Meta that's sure to be filled with her natural predator: McCree.
 
McCree: S Tier. Speaking of which, McCree. McCree received what seems to be a small change -- a reduction in his falloff damage. Unfortunately, Overwatch is home to some absolutely dirty McCree mains: I'll let iddqd's PTR McCree clips speak for themselves:
http://plays.tv/s/Kt0o9ccim9sg
http://plays.tv/video/578d7f5194c7bc8b14/-justptrthings
 
Pharah: D Tier. McCree makes Pharah's life a living hell, and adding a new Sniper Hero in Ana doesn't help Pharah's situation either. Sorry Pharah, it's Mother's Meta now.
 
Reaper: C Tier. McCree's usage is about to skyrocket, which will force Soldier 76 and Pharah out of their lineup slots. Reaper, on the other hand, should be relatively unaffected due to his specialist role as a close-range brawler.
 
Soldier 76: D Tier. Soldier 76 received a "minor" change similar to McCree's, but his will push his usage in the opposite direction. McCree and Soldier 76 are always locked in a battle for Top Hitscan DPS, and for now the duel was won by the Six Gun Killer.
 
Tracer: D Tier. Tracer has not received any buffs that could help her escape the D Tier, and she's one flashbang + Headshot away from a McCree kill at all times. No change to her Tier can be expected.
 
Junkrat: F Tier. Junkrat, like many Defense-oriented Heroes, has been losing more and more ground lately to Offense-oriented Heroes who can be effective on both sides of Payload. Junkrat received no Balance Changes or new Synergies and thus seems unlikely to improve his standing.
 
Hanzo: F Tier. Hanzo had a brief moment in the sun outside of the F Tier this week due to the limited Map Pool favoring Maps he shines on, but the update to the "Around the corner" hit detection netcode should be the nail in the coffin for this Hero. I see no hope of escape from the F Tier without a significant Balance Change.
 
Mei: F Tier. Mei will see increased usage because of a stealth nerf to Self-Healing: all Self Healing effects now count towards Ultimate Charge. Most Heroes received an increase in Ultimate Charge cost in response, but not Mei! This slight increase in usage should not be enough to help her escape the F Tier, however.
 
Torbjorn: F Tier. There's no place in the Meta for Builder, Turret, or Defense Heroes -- so why would a Hero who's all three be anything other than F Tier at the Pro level?
 
Widowmaker: F Tier. Teams in the new Meta already have a sniper, and his name is McCree. Or Ana. But certainly not Widowmaker. Does this mean Widow is obsolete? Only time will tell.
 
Reinhardt: C Tier. Reinhardt was already on the decline prior to the crazy buffs D.Va received, and the return of shield-busting McCrees should hasten his freefall. Reinhardt will still be a good include on Payload Maps, but perhaps only for certain areas and only on Attack instead of for both sides of the Escort. However, I could be underestimating the synergy he shares with Ana's Nanoboost -- I'm prepared to take a loss on this one.
 
Roadhog: C Tier. Roadhog should see some swapping around with Reinhardt and Winston on Attack to pair with D.Va, and also has good synergy with Ana. Not enough to reach B Tier though.
 
Winston: C Tier. See Roadhog.
 
Zarya: B Tier. Zarya is built to hard-counter many of Ana's abilities, and also is a good annoyance to McCree. Combine her shield abilities with her Combo-enabling Graviton Surge and you've got a recipe for the B Tier.
 
Lucio: A Tier. Whenever a significant change occurs, everyone likes to go back to their old favorites. For this reason I believe Lucio and Mercy will continue to hold down the A Tier as the most "familiar" of the four Healing Supports.
 
Mercy: A Tier. I don't think Mercy has quite the potential to exceed 95% Usage this week, but her Usage Rate should remain easily high enough to reach the A Tier for her status as Overwatch's best Main Healer. Her Damage Boost will also be a staple of McCree-laden lineups, enabling the gunslingers to score easy picks consistently.
 
Symmetra: F Tier. Similarly to Junkrat, there's simply no room for a Defense-Oriented Hero in the coming Meta. Symmetra's status as a non-Healing Support also seems confusing with the release of Ana and the assumption that Zenyatta will be viable now. Symmetra...what would you say you...do here?
 
Zenyatta: B Tier. Zenyatta was the second recipient of immense buffs along with the release of this patch, and I think this should be enough to propel him all the way to the B Tier. His health has (finally) been increased from 150 to 200, and his Transcendence Ultimate now gives him double movement speed so that it can be used as a super-initiation move.
 
Reminder that these are just subjective guesses I've made based on past Trends and what I've witnessed on the PTR / heard around the Pro scene. Think you have a better prediction? Share your new tier list below in the comments!

Let's talk Swaps - Round 2

I never expected Hero Swaps to be so different between "To" and "From" until I actually made this chart. After analyzing the interaction between To and From, there seems to be a couple of interesting Trends at play. Tracer leads all Heroes on the Swapped TO chart which serves as evidence as her "Panic Button" role when Defending Points during overtime. I also (anecdotally) noticed that many Teams would swap to a Tracer mid-KotH Match instead of starting with her, potentially as a way to hold the Point after initially capturing it. Reaper held high rankings on both the To and From charts due to his status as Overwatch's premium close-range brawler -- a role that only fits certain areas of each Map. Soldier 76 had a similarly balanced To and From ranking because of his ability to solo-hold high grounds -- areas which only occur in specific locations much like Reaper's closed-in spaces. McCree oddly had a high bias towards being swapped To rather than From, presumably to fill a void in a Team's overall ability kit with his Stun Grenade or Ultimate.
On the other side of the coin, Pharah had a higher biased towards being swapped From rather than To. Teams would often start with a Pharah on King of the Hill Maps before swapping off to a Tracer upon securing the Point, but also would choose Pharah for their initial Attack or Defense lineups as a safety pick to react to unexpected Opponent Lineup decisions. It was for this same reason that I suspect Roadhog was often Swapped From: he's one of the safest initial Hero Picks for both Offense and Defense and an early hook can turn the tide of a fight. Unfortunately, when both teams roll out with a Roadhog one of these Teams must lose an engagement. In Overwatch, the Losing Team swaps Heroes much more often than the Winning Team, and this week Roadhogs were often the first target subbing out for a new Hero.
 

FINAL THOUGHTS AND SHOUTOUTS

As always, none of this Data could exist without the help of the Competitive Overwatch Community -- so remember to check out my Competitive Overwatch Beta Twitch Directory! This Directory features all of the Twitch Streams and Social Media of as many of the people who helped make the Beta Competitive Scene great that I could find. Get out there and give these people a Follow -- without them there would be no Competitive Scene and no Overwatch Hero Meta Report. This week I'd also like to give a shoutout to a secret redditor who's reached out to help me with some very exciting developments for the Report. I can't wait to buckle down and keep creating new content to show you all, and this should help me out immensely. You know who you are :)
 
Peace,

CaptainPlanet

Meta Report Changelog

Vastly overhaule data collection process, Debuted the POW Analyst Sheet
Updated Color Scheme to infographics for better colorblind usage
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions and their answers:

  • I DON'T AGREE WITH YOUR TIERS1!!11!1 I don't pick the tiers. This data is objective data, all I'm doing here is counting how often Heroes get picked, or swapped to, during competitive Overwatch Tournaments!
  • I never see these Heroes in my own matches! What are you talking about, how can this be a Hero Meta Report when I only see Bastions/Torbjorns/whatever! This is meant to be a Meta Report covering the Competitive Scene of Overwatch, not the pubs/casual scene/ladder. There's no way for me to collect that kind of data anyway!
  • What's up with the Stopwatch timers? They're not always right! This part of the chart is still a work in progress, and sometimes teams concede at weird timings leading to incorrect results. This would be a lot easier if Blizzard simply included a stopwatch mode natively in the game...
  • Some Heroes have >100% probability of being picked during a match!! How is that possible?!? Sometimes, Heroes were being double-picked very often -- leading to a greater than 100% probability that a Team featured some Heroes in such matches.
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[Table] I am a US Based Head Hunter/Recruiter looking to help AMA!!

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What sorts of jobs do you help people get? Its actually the other way around. I fill positions for a client, or in the past my employer as their internal Recruiter. One misconception is Recruiters are looking to find people jobs, but in reality, we represent whatever the business need is. Based on the skills required, we go find those people and get them hired to perform the duties.
I have filled lots of different types of positions though. Lots of Science/Engineering (all levels and types.) Sales, support roles, you name it. I try not to specialize in one thing since the labor demands are ever changing.
Just answer the question. You may work for the company instead of the individual, but you still get people jobs. What kind of jobs do you help to fill? I answered it. My work flow varies. One day I can be filling a Marketing Manager position, that same day I can be filling a production line supervisor in the slaughterhouse industry, the next an Environmental Engineer with NEPA compliance focus, the next a Cyber Security Engineer, Software Engineer, Networking professional. A secretary. a CFO. An import/export specialist. I am literally all over the map. Hope that puts it into better context?
Sorry, it looked like you were dodging the question by saying that. No worries, I realize now it could have sounded shady. It literally changes hourly. Sometimes its hard to track!!
So, could people, as a different route, hire you to sort of keep them in mind for certain jobs and when you get to hire for that job you put them in for consideration, or is that not something you are allowed to do? Well, yes, that business model exists but its not as widely used. Its called a job placement service. I basically network with people, keep resumes, emails, etc and go back and find them later for a position they might fit for. Happens all the time.
Alternatively, some recruiters will "Shop" resumes to companies to get in the door. They will see a position posted, find a candidate, get them on the hook and interested without even having a contract in place to fill the position to get the job order. I personally don't do that, or I will refer someone up front for free to get a relationship going.
My questions are as follows. As someone that isn't diagnosed yet (I have an appointment set for next month) what kind of job should I be searching for? So far I have plenty of experience (over five years total) in small restaurants (which are closed because the owners didn't have a clue how to run a successful business and ignored the employees suggestions, but that's a different issue all together) but I want to get out of that industry. I'd love to get into software testing from home. Do you know of any companies that are looking for that kind of thing? I could get some references because I have done some testing for people that became successful companies in the shaving soap industry and are known as some of the best in the world. Would that help me get that kind of job? And do you think that the diagnosis might help that as well, given the right company? The workforce is a team environment, regardless if you are working alone from home, or sitting in a cube farm with 1000 other people buzzing around you. Everyone is relying on each other for an important function, and positioning yourself away from the face to face interaction is going to hurt you. Its going to not only hurt your career, its going to devalue the level of service you provide. Part of growing in your career and job is learning first hand how to tackle challenges on a daily, hourly, weekly, and monthly level. You learn from people around you. You grow from their experiences, challenges, solutions, and how to resolve them. You also learn from a boss.
I'm not sure how "early stage" I am, being in the workforce (except the last two years of applying for jobs and getting nowhere) since I was 18 and I'm now 27. And I realize the workforce is a team thing, but interacting, even face to face, over the internet is far less stressful than in real life. And the general tone of what you're saying is coming across as "just try harder" but the reality of a disorder such as Asperger's is that it is a difference in the brain (like the ADHD I also have) that makes it literally impossible after a certain point. I'm not trying to make excuses or use it as a crutch, I'm just putting it out there so that you understand that fact. The problem about getting into software testing that I have seen is that pretty much all the jobs for software testing I have seen require either several years experience, a degree, or both. I have neither. How does one go about breaking into a field like that, given certain limitations that they can't control, in such a case? From someone also diagnosed with ADHD, amongst other shit, the "just try harder" mantra is something I live with. I realize it doesn't work for everyone, but it works when applied long term for me. To answer that specific question.
I hire SW Testers all the time, and you are correct. It does require a degree and experience. Your best bet is to find a way to get a degree in Computer Science as a start. The reason for this is : all your competition have it, and its what companies look for to hire even junior career level people (Not age centric.) You are walking in the door with validation in your hands saying" I understand, and have been schooled in all the engineering concepts we need to apply to this function, now...show me how to do it your way for this project effort." So, do it at your own pace, but do it. Plus, there is great money in it. It opens the doors to other opportunities and experience. Now if you don't get it?
I suggest you self teach yourself a skill that takes you where you want to be. Become a business owner and provide a service companies will pay you for without meeting you. Just keep in mind, almost everything requires face to face interaction. So, you are either going to be in a vicious cycle in life...then get depressed and more angry, or find your way. Its really not a race at the end of the day, who can make more money, who gets all the toys and women/men houses. Its if you were able to overcome your immediate challenges during your life. Keep pushing, and don't give up. Best I can tell ya.
So this a pretty specific question, but maybe you could help. Here is what I would suggest: I suggest you take a full time position while you are utilizing the GI Bill, for two reasons. You are acquiring a steady income on top of what the GI Bill provides, and that company may also pay you tuition reimbursement if your degree is based on the job. You are networking professionally with a large organization, proving your value, and building professional skills/experience outside of the DOD world. More specifically, you aren't doing DOD specific work, on their equipment, and standards and culture (unless its a govvie contract.) Lots of companies prefer Vets because they are good workers. The expectation is you are already disciplined, can work under stress, organized, able to multi task, and have some general leadership traits. So, they aren't looking to hit a Vet Quota, because that only satisfies a "Diversity plan" metric HR manges (if they even have one.) Vets are one of many protected classes, so they could hire a female, a disabled person, any race and still satisfy that requirement if its an enterprise initiative. Being a Vet, with commercial work experience and a degree, is a better situation that being just a vet who took time off to get a degree and is starting to look for job again. I would take a job and knock out the degree at the same time. I did it, so do lots of others. Good luck ship mate!
I just got out of the navy. I was an electronics tech, E5 with a security clearance. I have full access to my gi bill and my first thought was to go to school for electrical engineering. Well, Orion International has thrown a lot of interviews my way, and is encouraging me to just get back in the workforce. I'm not sure what their angle is. Are they just trying to fill some kinda of vet quota or am I really better off just going back to work as a tech?
What features/solutions do you think is lacking from the big career sites (indeed, linkedin, Monster, etc) that would help you or any hiring manager to do your job better? Q:What features/solutions do you think is lacking from the big career sites (indeed, linkedin, Monster, etc) that would help you or any hiring manager to do your job better?
When evaluating a person for a role, what's would be the most standout characteristics which would persuade you to consider them for a role? Q: When evaluating a person for a role, what's would be the most standout characteristics which would persuade you to consider them for a role?
You mentioned that lots of people are frustrated with the US job market right now. What sort of frustrations do you see most commonly and how would you like to see them addressed? Q: you mentioned that lots of people are frustrated with the US job market right now. What sort of frustrations do you see most commonly and how would you like to see them addressed? A: Mostly people seem to be upset about the way jobs are evaluated by an employer, specifically the KSA's required (knowledge, skills abilities) when they post them. Or not get responses back from employers. The reality is, in the US today, while we have a diverse work force pool, we also have a group of skilled people, and moderately to not skilled at all. If you are applying to a position you "want" vs one you are experienced with, you are gonna have a baaad time. We all are responsible for what we are capable of providing in exchange for compensation. Continuing to grow those skills makes you more attractive to employers. Not the best answer for this one, but I feel its important.
Thanks for your reply SG, and your last answer is very helpful :) Thanks for the kind words. I just like to add value where I can :)
If you don't mind, I have a few more.. Q1: When reviewing a CV or a LinkedIn profile (for example). What do you view as the 5 most important or perhaps persuasive criteria.
Q1: When reviewing a CV or a LinkedIn profile (for example). What do you view as the 5 most important or perhaps persuasive criteria. A: My approach is different to each role, but fundamentally I mainly look at: qualifications, have you done this job, can you do it. Secondly, do you have a new job every few months? every few years? are you a job hopper? What am I reading out of this resume? Will this person be an idiot? Do they have career growth? increasing responsibility? Cant list 5...but that's what you want to see.
Q2: How do you differentiate between good cv's (prospects) and good candidates? Lots of people can write a great CV, but cannot always put into practice what they preach. Q2: How do you differentiate between good cv's (prospects) and good candidates? Lots of people can write a great CV, but cannot always put into practice what they preach.
Your answers have been excellent throughout the AMA. Thanks again. See above answer :)
I might send you a pm tomorrow if you don't mind. I've something in mind which may interest you I love to collaborate, so feel free my friend.
My husband and I are trying to move to a remote area since his entire family is there. The jobs are few and far inbetween. We're both in the same field (software development), there's very few jobs there, and blah blah blah we're not having luck. We're now looking for work-from-home jobs, and we're considering the US. How often do you see companies allowing telecommuting? Do they care what country the employee lives in? We're in Canada, but I am an American citizen. How about for non citizens (my husband is Canadian)? The best way for you to "get work" is to essentially advertise yourself specifically as a telecommuter. Some companies want you to be "on site" for part of the time, which could lesson your ability to land a stable opportunity. They wont want to pay for travel if they have the talent locally. But the reality is, they can remote people into anywhere these days. I would target smaller companies who cannot afford the overhead of office space anyways, see if they would hire you. Or a target rich environment like the bay area, whos cost of living is much higher than a remote location where you will find yourself. For example, they could pay you $50/HR Vs. 85/HR for someone who is living there.
Never thought about the Bay or similar areas. It's obviously well known in my field, but haven't considered that they could pay a remote worker far less making it a win-win for us both. Thanks for that tip. Do you recommend I explain why I'm a telecommuter in my cover letters, or just state that I am one and leave it at that? Any suggestions on how to find people looking or willing to accept telecommuters, especially when we're not even from that area? Should I just google search every company, or contact recruiters? Typically a job description will say telecommuting is acceptable or not. I would just state it in your objective at the top of your resume. Fuck a cover letter. Also, DEFINITELY NETWORK WITH TECH RECRUITERS ANYWHERE EVERYWHERE. Apply to jobs non stop at tech companies, and recruiting agencies in high volume markets. Rule one in business is follow the money. So hunt in a target rich environment.
Fuck a cover letter. Hah, do you recommend to just skip this step? I've been taught to always provide one. Ah, contradictions! I find it redundant, and most people don't really care. They glance at it, then go right to the resume to see the meat and potatoes. If they like you...they might go back to the cover letter to make sure you have some direction and goals. But ultimately, its a thing of the past in my opinion, and your objective (top portion of rez) should state that in a few sentences anyhow.
1) Where is the best place to put my resume to the most amount of recruiters can see it? 2) Should I add any keywords to my resume to it "matches" what recruiters are looking for? 3) Would I make more if I went through a recruiter to get a job first? 4) What cut do you get for filling the job? 5) What are the consequences if you keep bringing in less than average talent to interviews? 6) What is the best paying jobs in the statistical/programming field? 1) Where is the best place to put my resume to the most amount of recruiters can see it?
A: every single damn spot you can think of. Some Recruiters pay for resources, some don't. Its basically advertising yourself so flood the fucking market with your information (monster, careerbuilder,indeed,dice, linkedin,etc) The list goes on. Join "user groups" online to network with people (Recruiters and hiring managers) Those groups would be specific of course to your background and skills, and also regions geographically.
2) Should I add any keywords to my resume to it "matches" what recruiters are looking for?
A: Conceptually speaking, your resume should already be reflecting those key words should you have the skill sets. It depends on how proficient a recruiter is at reading resumes once they find you. But yes, include key words as a practice for your online resumes, but just make sure you have the skills you are listing.
3) Would I make more if I went through a recruiter to get a job first?
A: Not really a factor, unless they are using you as a "temp". Companies pay higher sometimes for specialized labor when they know that person is short term. Recruiters are always trying to get a higher commission, but ultimately we bend based on the clients budget, which we have no control over.
4) What cut do you get for filling the job?
A: Industry standard for a "Direct Hire" is around 20-25% of that person hired base salary. To be clear, it doesn't come out of that hires salary. The company pays that separately.
5) What are the consequences if you keep bringing in less than average talent to interviews?
A: like any business consequence, they lose interest in your services if you cant deliver. They are paying you for a service, just like anything else. Step up, or step out of the way!
6) What is the best paying jobs in the statistical/programming field?
A: It really depends on your experience and what you bring to the table. My experience is, rarely to people just have one facet in technology. If you know programming, learn systems engineering on multiple platforms. Learn the basis of networking. teach yourself new and standard tools for all technology. You will be more marketable, and make shit tons of money. The guys I know walking into jobs that pay 200k+ in that world know it all, not just coding, or networking, or systems administration.
My husband is a senior lever software engineer, specifically on the applications side of things. We are really wanting to move to another part of the US, and we're hoping to find a company that would help with the relo. Is this feasible? Do companies still offer relocation assistance? They do, I still see that being a normal thing. It just depends on where you are specifically looking to go (meaning if there is a market for your skills), How much in demand your skills would be there. Most companies aren't interested in relocating someone based on their skills if they have locals already established they can hire tomorrow. But yes, relocation is definitely still alive and well :) Its just not something that companies really "want" to do at all, even for business reasons. You will almost never find one who will offer that as part of an offer package based on your personality either. I would suggest saving your money, making the move on your own dime if nobody bites. It just means they have a steady talent pool of comparable skills and aren't going to pay attention to you. I always look at out of state/non local candidates last in my application pools. Not to be a dickhead, but if the need is immediate...it just makes more sense to bring them in, interview, and give an offer in 24 hrs if we need too. Doesn't always happen that way, but I am sure you get what I am sayin :)
Thanks for the answer! We're pretty much realized our highest chances of moving would depend on us saving for it. It still worries me to think of moving before he finds a job though. Well... He can still start networking and doing telephone interviews with companies. If he is worried about them being concerned where he lives he can just put the city and a fake address on his resume to get their interest before you guys make the move . Once they respond and he has them on the phone he can explain to them he is in the middle of making a move out there and he can come out anytime. It will just be a fast and furious move for you unless you stayed behind while he moves ahead to start his new job.
What kind of general advice can you give to people who have just graduated college and have ~1 year experience (internships)? Unless you have a technical (Science or Engineering ) Degree right out of college, you are still essentially being considered as someone waiting to be molded. This is also assuming you don't have job specific experience yet. So, he is probably losing out to someone who has additional experience, or more specific/applicable experience, or might even have a better personality. Or knows someone internally. Hard to really say!!
He's been on multiple interviews, and has a good resume- my suspicion is that every time he interviews, someone with a little more experience wins out. Any advice or suggestions on what he can do, or do differently? I mean this with love, so I hope it doesn't come off wrong. You aren't proven yet obviously. You still need to pay your dues. Having a degree doesn't mean as much as it used too, but its definitely way better than not having one. If you are a recent college graduate, start exploring options that aren't a career focus right away. I have so many successful friends who have a degree in (blank) but are rich, successful, and a genuine expert in an entirely different field later in life because of this. Go outside your comfort zone. Employers will look at that and say "Damn, this guy got a degree in this, but has been working other hard ass jobs, hes determined, lets talk to this kid'
Thanks for your help, this is a great thread! Expect to be in career limbo for 2-5 years out of college. Its okay. It doesn't mean you're a failure. Its a growing experience and all the people before you have been on that grind, and we look fondly back on it. The ones who are hiring have typically done that route and recognize the struggle, and will hire your ass over someone else who hasn't tried anything else because it shows a mature determination to improve your life. Which will translate to a mature approach to your job etc. I could talk for hours on this, so I hope it makes some sense.
Why do you say DC is the easiest place to get a job? I'm about to move there having worked in a recording studio in Charlottesville for 7 years, I'm looking for a bigger market. Well, you have a huge growing population for one. The residentials (and business) are still crawling in development in every direction right now. It has a ton of business in the area that moved their HQ to be closer to Washington. Places like AOL, Amazon , government contractors, etc. I am not up to speed on who is all there, just when I go back its way different from when I was growing up. So, with all those big companies, come housing and population, which also need infrastructure, small business, etc to support everything from needs, to hobbies, or boredom. I personally like C'ville, nice and chill. NOVA has gotten much bigger, which is the more specific area I am talking about Vs. DC Proper. But yeah...I used to see people switch careers midstream out there. Other places...you don't have that luxury. You can be stuck, or underemployed.
As a business analyst with a BS in an IT field with good analytical skills. What software/coding would you recommended learning other than VBA/SQL? Other tips? Great question. It really depends on where you are trying to go with your career. Do you plan on specializing in some sort of ERP where your Business Analytic focus can be applied in conjunction? (like SAP for example?) or are you looking to just straight up code? My advice for the coding is to learn Java. Everything is pretty much web based right now, and Java is in high demand. Those guys make shit tons of money. If you really want to be a business Analyst, I would suggest learning an ERP software language and specialize in that. It will make you a "one trick pony" in some ways, however if that ERP is in demand, you will become an expert, and it will open the doors to endless opportunity if you do become one. Does this help?
Hi there and thanks for doing this AMA! Well, I guess you really need to break it down like this: What do you want to do? Do you have something specific in mind? This is how you craft your approach. Since you are in marketing...you can totally grasp this concept. You are identifying your target market (future employer) Then crafting your approach (marketing initiative) then executing it. Corny, I know, but its really the truth.
Most recruiters I've worked with only hire people for ad agencies, and don't have any other types of jobs, so I feel kind of stuck. i know I can easily get another job at another agency, but I need something different. If you are just looking for "another job" well, then its going to take you awhile to get one, and if you don't have a focus, you could end up doing some weird stuff trying to find your way there. I would suggest getting laser focused first...identify your target...then use those marketing creative juices to get yourself there.
Do you have any advice on how I can narrow down what I should be looking for based on my skill set? Or how I can go about finding a recruiter who can help me? Recruiters typically are trying to place someone for a specific position, who has that specific experience. A Recruiter who is trying to fit a square peg into a round hole is a bad Recruiter. I would avoid them.
How hard is it now to get a job with a background? Do you do background checks for the people you're recruiting? If so, what happens when the person is qualified for the job, but has backgrounds? Can you define what you mean by " with a background?" it really depends on what it is. By law, US Employers cannot discriminate against a qualified felon based on their history. So, they would need to be very careful about that when interviewing and making their selections.
Most background checks are very general. Just looking for a Felony or violent crime. As an employer, if you hire someone who has a violent history, that freaks out and hurts someone, you are liable for it to any victims. So they try to generally avoid that. But some positions require a credit check, as the position duties could be responsible for company money. It just really depends on the position, but as a basic general standard, most companies just check for felonies, education verification, and maybe a drug test to get you in the door.
Im a recent graduate with a bachelor's degree in english, I have two years of experience as an seo copywriter and my goal is to become a copywriter for an advertising agency. Go online...target advertising companies you want to work for. Look up peoples names...use google, their company website, linked in...whatever..then find their contact information (Social engineering?) get them on the phone, send a resume, ask them what they are looking for in that type of hire. When you reach out directly, it shows resourcefulness and ambition. Cant tell you how many junior guys I hired because they knew how to play that game.
Thank you so much, you're a godsend. You bet, also focus on training companies. Meaning, anyone that is training other businesses to do a function in classroom setting. They have big departments who are writing the curriculum and manuals etc. good luck :)
I'm a not-so-attractive female. Crooked teeth, overweight. I have a decent resume and I'm well spoken and hard working. I know I've been discriminated against when getting jobs because of my appearance. Aside from the obvious (lose weight, get braces), do you have any advice for people in my situation? May I "possibly" suggest you might be sensitive to those things and overthinking it? While I have seen guys say "Hire this chick, shes hot as hell" (business owners) I have never heard anyone say: "That bitch is ugly, lets move on."
At the end of the day, employers are hiring someone for what they bring to the table. Its not really like high school or dating sites where looks matter. I mean, it could have an indirect bias on interviews in some ways. But companies exist for a reason. making money. If you are bringing skills to the table that will meet those goals, they will hire you for that reason only.
If you are applying for a job where "looks" matter, You don't need to be working there in the first place honey. Not because of how you view yourself, but they would be a fucking shithole to work at. There are more ugly people than pretty one in the world, and we all have jobs :) Don't let your self image take control of your confidence. If you need more skills...well...you need to just go get them.
Great answer! Thank you! You really hit the nail on the head with my self esteem issues (unemployment will do that to you) -- your answer definitely gives me hope. Very comforting. Yeah, we all have esteem issues. They can turn into a monster if you let them, but fuck that shit. You will get past it, just keep grinding. You get out of things what you put into them...and looks are the last thing anyone gives a crap about. Trust me.
I have reached out to contacts in other markets that work for software companies to see if they have any pointers on how to break into that industry with no experience. Do you ever fill those spots? If so are they usually looking for people with experience in software or tech sales? Tech experience is good but knowing how to sell is whats important. You could probably land a gig selling anything if you are skillled in the general sales cycle. Most organizations software or other will hire you and train if you have the aptitude. I used software as an example but you should find out whst the top 5 industries are in your immediate area first. Then make a target list of the top 10 companies (based on revenue and volume.) regardless of industry. Then research their sale organization...demonstrate your ability again to find VITO and when you have their attentiom explain you are looking for a new career and understand sales. By demonstratimg a clear skill to them they will see you have clear direction
I live in a predominately tech market so that example was fitting. Thanks for all of your feedback! It is refreshing to see that humans are still willing to take the time to offer help to complete strangers with no expectations or hopes of a return:) Just stay focused, be targeted, methodical, and professional and you will get the ROI spent to get there. Fuck Radio...there is no money in that anyhow. Find a product line where you can be walking away with a couple hundred a year after you are ramped up and billing :) Good luck, glad I was of some help.
Also, I don't mind helping strangers because my situation in life right now is partly due to that same attitude of others. When the universe is kind, you are required to play it forward! Reach out anytime.
I've been spending way too many hours every single day doing what I'm doing now, erecting massive walls of text for reddit. I'm underemployed and have too much idle time and too many opinions; and I genuinely love to write. It's what I do for fun. As long as I stay clear of politics, my comments get a fair share of upvotes and positive reinforcement. I've received reddit gold about a dozen times which is also very encouraging. Unfortunately I haven't had any luck exchanging reddit gold for food or rent yet and I'm having trouble making ends meet. I would like nothing more than to be hired on a freelance basis to create walls of text for real money. As my comment history reveals, I write daily about all kinds of things -- from Zen Buddhism (I'm a monk) to dog training, to why suicide isn't the best way to deal with stress and on and on. I've worked many years as an editor and copywriter of scientific and technical materials because I have a degree in physics. Even though I enjoy criticizing other people's writing, I would vastly prefer to write about topics that genuinely interest me. In short, my greatest ambition is to be paid to do what I do for fun. Is there hope? You need to take a note out of Tucker Max's book!! He's a big example of that. I am an optimist, and a "do it yourself'er." Some people don't appreciate that, but I think if you put your mind and target your efforts into doing what you want, its there for you. It just takes a focus, trial end error, some fuckin fortitude, and creativity,etc. Everyones recipe is different for success. Unfortunately, Reddit doesn't pay people for opinions, but get a blog going or something and start from there. Submit well crafted stuff to other online media, build a presence, and interest. Bottom line is, you need to appeal on a massive scale to get enough cash flow involved to earn your living (or above it.)
A) At what point should I inform my current employer of the prospect of me leaving after next school year. The process of replacing an IB Coordinator can take a whole school year, but if we remain in the area I will remain in the position. B: Yes, you should definitely start applying as you see them come up. If you start getting calls for interviews right away, you might want to then just apologize and explain your situation to them, and withdraw your candidacy as a professional courtesy. The benefit is: You will have a direct contact within a company that is hiring for a very specific position as yours, who you can network with moving forward. They might be hiring again, and I highly suggest the networking route.
Thank you for the reassurance. I was of the same mind, but wanted an expert's opinion! Take life slow and enjoy it, everything always works, and happens for a reason out as cliche' as it sounds.
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