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Look, there's a lot of really significant stuff going on in the world right now and I don't know about you, but I sure could use some escapism. So, I'm combining three of my passions for a lighthearted and hopefully fun editorial: Comic book movies, comic book battle debates, and Overwatch. There are thousands of people arguing about the DC and Marvel movies and who would win in a fight, but I'm pretty sure no one has thrown them into the highly addictive world of Overwatch.
If you're familiar with Overwatch, jump ahead to the part that lists the teams - send me a friend request if you're on PS4 so we can play, too! If you're not familiar with the game, get cozy and grab a drink and a snack because I'm about to tell you everything you need to know so you can better imagine this brawl. It's not thrilling stuff but it's important info for this super serious fictional fight.
The multiplayer video game has a very simple premise: Two teams battle each other in various game modes (unless it's deathmatch, of course). There are several characters to choose from - all with different weapons, health, and abilities - and there are four classes: Offense, defense, tank, and support. Those classes all have pretty self-explanatory titles, right? Cool, moving on. A good team requires a balanced composition, so I've kept this in mind while choosing the rosters for each superhero team. Also, if a character is defeated in the game, they will respawn (come back to life) at the team's spawn point after a little bit of time.
|Both teams are staring at Joss Whedon|
Overwatch usually has two teams of six players, but to keep things as balanced as possible, both teams in this fight will have five heroes instead of six. What? Like we could really get a fair battle if Superman was involved? You saw what the dude accomplished in Justice League, right? Hulk's mighty and all, but the Man of Steel was seriously impressive and I think he'd have no problem knocking around the Green Goliath. So, five versus five it is! Balancing both teams wasn't easy but I think I've come up with a fair roster for both sides. If you disagree, please feel free to make changes to the Avengers roster and have fun thinking about how it would play out differently. But for now, here are the teams:
Steve Rogers/Captain America (offense)
Peter Parker/Spider-Man (offense)
James Buchanan 'Bucky' Barnes/Winter Soldier (defense)
Thor Odison (tank)
Tony Stark/Iron Man (support)
Bruce Wayne/Batman (offense)
Barry Allen/The Flash (offense)
Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (defense)
Arthur Curry/Aquaman (tank)
Victor Stone/Cyborg (support)
The first round is the most difficult one for both sides. For simplicity's sake, both teams will know the layout of the map and what their objective is, but they do not know who they're facing. These two teams are from totally different universes, so each character will have to learn about their opponents as the match progresses.
For the first round, I believe the DC team has the edge for two reasons: Batman's tactics and Wonder Woman and Aquman's impressive physicality. Even though both teams don't know what they're up against, the DC team has the advantage right away because Batman knows Flash has what it takes to be a good scout. The Scarlet Speedster may not be a great combatant - he slipped up against Parademons twice and the least physically impressive character in this match, Batman, was able to tag him with a grappling gun - but the Dark Knight could use the speedster to race ahead and then report what he saw. To me, this seems like a totally logical strategy that Batman would recommend. He knows he can't rely on Flash to defeat enemies, but he's extremely useful for sneaking behind enemy lines, seeing who's there, and zipping back to inform the team - he could even try to disarm someone, like Winter Soldier. This won't tell the Justice League everything they need to know about their enemies, but it at least has the chance to give them a heads-up about what they're facing and where their enemies are positioned. Despite his speed, the Flash is not untouchable, so there's the chance this could go totally wrong. After all, Spider-Man's spider sense would likely go off. I know it didn't seem like he had it in Spider-Man: Homecoming (the poor guy gets tagged a lot), but it definitely seemed like he did have it in Captain America: Civil War and the Avengers: Infinity War trailer implies it.
The DC team takes the first round. Captain America being such a well rounded character, Iron Man's variety of weaponry and flight, Thor's pure might, Bucky's cunning nature, and Spider-Man's agility and webbing means it won't be easy at all, but once Wonder Woman and Aquaman leap in with Cyborg soaring through the air and Flash zipping around, Earth's Mightiest Heroes are likely going to be at a disadvantage. If things aren't going well for DC's heroes, Wonder Woman can always unleash her explosive attack to stun and potentially defeat some of the guys on team Marvel. So, I think the DC team takes this first round. Will the Avengers have better luck in the next round, though?
Before the second round begins, both teams now know what they're up against. This means Batman and his team will be able to better prepare their defensive plan, and Captain America will have more information as he talks to his teammates about their plan to attack. It's safe to say that Captain America (thanks to his shield and speed), Spider-Man (agility and reflexes) and Thor will lead the charge on the ground, while Bucky's behind them providing ranged attacks and Iron Man's in the sky, unleashing projectile attacks. It's an assumption, of course, but I think it's a reasonable strategy. This would be a brutal assault on their part that few teams would be able to withstand. Once again, Batman's the weakest link but he knows that by now. Because of this, he's likely going to stick to hit and run tactics or trying to target Winter Soldier. I don't think that'll go well for him, though. Given Spidey's speed, Flash may be the one who goes after him, but Flash clearly isn't a competent fighter and the longer that goes on, the more and more the odds will shift in the wall-crawler's favor. Still, Flash's speed is a big variable.
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The second round's going to be close but, despite Marvel's variety of abilities and Steve's amazing ability to lead, I think it'll come down to Wonder Woman being able to hold her own against anyone she fights and Aquaman's endurance, allowing him to stay in the fight and give her support against heavy-hitters like Thor and Iron Man. The Avengers undoubtedly have the potential to win, but I think the Justice Leaguers' advantages make it more likely for them to earn the victory. But hey, that's just like, my opinion, man. Which team do you think would win in this scenario and why?
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