So you’re in between sessions of Overwatch, resting the good old mouse hand. Your keyboard clickers are tingling, numb from spamming movement keys and smashing that Q a bit harder than you need to rain justice from above. But you can’t get enough Overwatch, and want to find out how to reach the next level. We’ve put together a hero ranking based off organized competitive play—the heroes pros are actually using in tournaments.
A big part of a game like Overwatch is knowing what heroes to play when, and this tier list should give you an idea of how every hero is valued in the current competitive metagame, or essentially how strong heroes are in organized play between full teams. That may not be directly applicable to your climb up the ranked ladder, but should give you an idea how the heroes interact with each other as the level of play gets higher and higher.
If you’re hoping to break into the competitive game, join a team, and make you mark in Overwatch tournaments, buffing up on the most played heroes will likely provide a boon. But keep in mind the Overwatch metagame drastically shifts on even small balance changes, or with no changes at all. In another month, this list could be completely different.
- Soldier: 76
D.Va is easily one of the most versatile Overwatch tanks, and that’s why she’s landed at the top of this list. She can be played aggressively as part of dive compositions, but is also useful for keeping allies safe.
Tracer’s speed and survivability in the hands of an experienced player makes her an easy choice for Tier 1. Darting in and out of battle, Tracer is good at overwhelming enemies who can’t get a shot on her, especially in dive meta.
Zenyatta has topped the Overwatch charts for a while now, thanks to his ability to deal tons of damage alongside healing. He’s one of the more challenging support characters to play, but in the hands of a good player, he can change the game.
Consistency puts support hero Lúcio at the top of the Overwatch hero tier list. Though he’s not able to individually heal ally teammates, the rate at which Lúcio continually heals—which is increased with his Healing Boost—makes him especially viable. Speed Boost proves important in keeping players alive, able to rush in and out of fights as the tide of battle changes.
Again with the mobility: Winston is a natural pick for teams looking to run an aggressive dive composition. It’s a little surprising how squishy he is as a tank, but his Jump Pack is a great way to engage the enemy team with your pals at your back.
Sombra is beginning to see more play in competitive Overwatch. Her usability as a support and as a DPS hero as been nerfed, but she’s a much stronger DPS now. Plus, her Hack ability can take on almost anything now, making her a good overall pick, and a hero we’re sure to see more of in the next Overwatch meta.
As with any new Overwatch hero, Moira is still finding her place in competitive Overwatch. We’re seeing more and more of Moira in competitive Overwatch, which bodes well for the hero. The amount of damage she can do alongside her healing output is a draw.
Long live our soldier dad. His range and power make him a good counter to heroes with mobility, like Pharah, who’s been coming into play more and more frequently. It’s pretty easy to shoot stuff out of the sky with Soldier: 76—and with his aim hack ultimate, there’s nothing certain heroes can do to stop him. Plus, he’s relatively self-sustaining. Soldier: 76 is a good option when extra healing is needed, given he can heal himself and his allies.
Another staple of dive compositions, Pharah has seen more play in this meta. She certainly has her downsides if the enemy team is prepared to face her, but if they’re not, Pharah is a great way to own the skies. Paired with a Mercy, she’s damn near unstoppable.
McCree does good work against heroes that rely on mobility, like Tracer or Genji. His stun grenade forces heroes to stop in their tracks—and in those few moments of pause, if he’s able to get off a headshot, they’re gonners.
While Junkrat’s bombs are annoying, the damage he does is not often consistent enough for professional competitive play. Often, players will opt for more precise heroes over the wacky Australian who lobs bombs everywhere. He has seen play competitively recently, because he’s been buffed significantly. With two Concussion Mines, Junkrat is much more mobile.
Zarya is a tank hero that can also take on a more support-type role, and that makes her really important. A key player in the tank meta, Zarya was able to keep herself alive while making sure her allies stay up, too. Her Graviton Surge ultimate—which is perfect for pairing up with other ultimates—will keep her as a viable pick.
In most games of Overwatch, Widowmaker would be a tier four, but in the hands of a great Widowmaker player, she has a place a bit further up. Like Hanzo, she’s good at picking off heroes here and there to create space for your team to engage. We’re in the era of Widowmaker now.
Mercy got a major nerf to Valkyrie, which made her a lot less useful overall in-game. She’s not entirely out of the meta, but she’s no longer a “must-pick” hero—not even close.
An exceptionally good Genji is something you want to build a team around. He’s a stable hero for Overwatch’s dive composition due to his damage-dealing and mobility abilities.
Reaper isn’t seen a ton in professional Overwatch, but his damage-dealing abilities make him a good pick in certain situations. He’s able to shut down enemies with big plays using his ultimate.
Ana hasn’t see much time in competitive Overwatch since her Healing Grenade was nerfed way back when. She’s still used on occasion due to her precision shots and shut-down ability, but Overwatch’s other supports are just too good to make Ana a consistent pick.
Pushing a payload, holding a chokepoint—Reinhardt used to be instant choice on both offense and defense. Overwatch’s only standard tank, Reinhardt wields a shield and a giant hammer. The German soldier doesn’t have the sort of mobility that D.Va has, but paired with Lúcio’s speed boost, Reinhardt is able to get up close to enemies quickly, smashing them to bits. But this isn’t good enough in the current dive meta: Reinhardt is out, and Winston is in. Even with a speed boost, Reinhardt is just too slow.
Mei’s ability to control enemy movement make her a great pick on maps where zoning is particularly important. Her Ice Wall is effective in separating an enemy team into groups to pick off players, while her Blizzard ultimate is fantastic in stalling a capture point.
We’re seeing more Orisa in competitive Overwatch than we have in the past, but she doesn’t make the sort of impact that D.Va and Winston do. We’re more likely to see Orisa on certain maps, like Junkertown, where her shield can be used to keep players safe on the moving payload.
Overwatch’s was added to the game on July 27, and he initially earned a lot of prestige in competitive Overwatch play. Professional players had him figured out, but then he got nerfed. Doomfist is, well, doomed for now, it seems; he’s just not as prominent in-game as he once was.
Like the other tanks in Overwatch, Roadhog is still good, but he’s not as good as heroes like D.Va and Winston. Dive meta still rules, and Roadhog is too slow to really fit in there.
Bastion is particularly useful on a map like Junkertown, where players have gotten in the habit of planting him right on the payload, using Orisa and Reinhardt to provide a sturdy shield. It’s called the pirate ship. He’s definitely a niche pick, but not totally absent from professional play.
Most of the time, you won’t see Torbjörn in competitive play, unless it’s to hold a choke point on a map like Hanamura. Regardless, he’s still not a top pick. Maybe one day he’ll have his place, but that time is not now.
Good turret placement is everything, with Symmetra. Spreading them out across a choke point and through side alleyways is a nice way to control the map and keep an eye on your opponent. Yet, she’s rarely seen in competitive play. Blizzard says she’s a niche pick, but in the Overwatch League, she’s a never-pick.
We’ve decided to move Hanzo off the ranked tier list until we’ve seen how his rework plays out in competitive matches. Hanzo is really different than he was before, now that Scatter Arrow is gone.
Like Hanzo, Brigitte hasn’t been played enough in competitive Overwatch to be ranked just yet. She’ll enter the competitive scene very soon, so we expect she’ll move up the list quickly. Her ability to stun other heroes while healing makes her really powerful in Overwatch.
Our hero tier list is based entirely off of competitive, professional Overwatch play—so just because your hero is at the bottom doesn’t mean they’re bad, they’re just unreliable in the current meta. As Blizzard tweaks the game, this list will continue to evolve. And that’s the beauty of competitive Overwatch: Next week will be entirely different than the last.