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Overwatch Tier List Season 17 (July 2019) - Best hero characters

The first edition of our tier-by-tier evaluation of the Overwatch hero roster for Season 17.

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Our essential Overwatch hero tier list for Season 17 (July 2019) breaks down the entire roster of characters into their most competitive brackets, with massive guides for each one as well!

We've tried our best to represent the meta, but don't take our tier list as definitive. Even if some heroes aren't topping our list (Widowmaker, for example), they're still capable of being extremely strong in the right situation.

We've all got our favourite characters in Overwatch, and although some of them can sometimes appear on paper to be a bit more powerful than others, we take a pretty clear position when it comes to appraising them. All in all we think Blizzard has done an impressive job of crafting a roster of characters which are not only wonderfully distinct from one another, but also pretty well balanced as a collection. The Overwatch team hasn't been shy to introduce buffs and nerfs as and when they've been required, and we only expect the game's tuning to get tighter over time

With all this said and done though, it's fair to say that some heroes prove more consistently useful than others when it comes to contributing to a wide variety of team compositions. As a result, we like to provide a regularly updated snapshot of how the heroes stack up against one another, and do so in the form of the tier list you're reading now.

How exactly have we gone about compiling our list though? For a start, we take our own experience with the current meta into consideration, before factoring in the generally accepted wisdom of the crowd via alternative hero ratings. We also lean somewhat in our rankings towards playing with other random players, rather than team builds favoured by tightly coordinated competitive teams.

All things being equal this list will guide you towards making a solid choice within each category. Having said that, we encourage you to play the characters you enjoy and excel at above all else, and at the same time try to work around the hero picks of your teammates - even if you disagree.

Editor's Note: July Update

Season 17 Overview

We're now firmly into Season 16 and it looks like Overwatch's meta is finally, finally moving away from the GOATs comp.

Season 17 has just kicked off, and it really does seem like Overwatch’s meta is beginning to shift away from GOATs and into other, infinitely more exciting compositions.

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean GOATs is gone forever. It’s still a staple in some competitive matches, but it’s certainly not a go-to for every map and situation in the game.

So, with the slight fall in GOATs compositions, what’s emerged? Well, “Bunker”, “Clockwork” and even Sombra is seeing plenty of action now.

Video by Overwatch Central

Here’s a quick breakdown of how things are looking:

First up, Sombra’s seen the biggest uptick in pick rate and it’s thanks to one particular match in the OWL which showcased just how disruptive she can be against a GOATs composition.

Sombra’s rise has seen Zenyatta’s pick rate decline, however. There’s nothing he can do against her disruptive abilities, to the point where she’ll completely render him useless in the backline time and time again.

With Zenyatta’s decline, comes Ana. She’s seen a huge rise in pick rate and that’s thanks to her survivability, utility and excellent healing capabilities even when hacked.

When it comes to team compositions, there’s been a few shifts. D.Va’s now swapped out for Sombra at times and even Doomfist is popped in alongside her for added tank-busting power.

We mentioned bunker compositions earlier and it’s essentially a team made up of Orisa, Torbjorn, D.Va and Mercy, with the likes of Widowmaker and Hanzo thrown into the mix. It's popularity has grown because it's incredibly hard to break through a team that's constantly shielded and refreshed by backline healers.

Orisa's also a key ingredient in a new emerging "Clockwork composition" which comes to fruition when you chuck a handful of unlikely candidates: Roadhog, Mei, Torbjorn and Widowmaker. Usually bunker compositions grind the opposition down through a war of attrition.

Video by Overwatch Central

However, bunker compositions can struggle when it comes to closing the gap and getting picks. With Roadhog and Widowmaker, the Clockwork composition doesn't struggle at all. Meanwhile, Orisa can provide some much needed protection for the squishier heroes, alongside Mei and Torbjorn who also contribute with their fair share of disruptive abilities.

Finally, having three DPS heroes is also being adopted at times, as well as two snipers like Hanzo and Widowmaker. They’re all incredibly situational, but it’s clear that GOATs isn’t the clear winner on every map now. Teams need to adapt and mix things up if they want to win.

Overall, this months update is one of the most substantial for quite a while and it's definitely refreshing to see Overwatch finally moving in a different direction.

Overwatch hero ranking and ratings

Here's our Season 17 tier list snapshot, updated for the month of July.

These listings are by no means definitive, and any hero can thrive in the right situation.

Tier 1OrisaOrisa guideTank
AnaAna guideSupport
Tier 2D.VaD.Va guideTank
ReinhardtReinhardt guideTank
ZaryaZarya guideTank
WinstonWinston guideTank
RoadhogRoadhog guideTank
HanzoHanzo guideDefense
SombraSombra guideOffense
MercyMercy guideSupport
Tier 3LucioLucio guideSupport
Wrecking BallWrecking Ball guideTank
McCreeMcCree guideOffense
MoiraMoira guideSupport
PharahPharah guideOffense
GenjiGenji guideOffense
ReaperReaper guideOffense
TracerTracer guideOffense
JunkratJunkrat guideDefense
TorbjornTorbjorn guideDefense
WidowmakerWidowmaker guideDefense
ZenyattaZenyatta guideSupport
Tier 4MeiMei guideDefense
DoomfistDoomfist guideOffense
AsheAshe guideOffense
Soldier: 76Soldier: 76 guideOffense
BaptisteBaptiste guideOffense
BrigitteBrigitte guideSupport
Tier 5BastionBastion guideDefense
SymmetraSymmetra guideOffense

Tier 1

Orisa [Tank]

Ever since she launched, Orisa's struggled to break out of a mid-table position - until now. She's finally in the limelight and it's all thanks to her solid set of abilities which keeps her teammates out of harm's way.

All in all, Orisa's a very strong pick as she's able to rally an entire team around her and make them very, very difficult to down.

Ana [Support]

Ana's kit is absolutely spot on for almost every situation and she's more than capable of holding her own when it comes to topping up some of the beefiest health bars in the game. Welcome back old friend.

Tier 2

D.Va [Tank]

D.Va's still a formidable force on the battlefield and that's down to her great all-rounder style. She's got insane mobility, negates ultimates and can harass the backline with ease. There's almost always a slot in the composition for D.Va to fit into and that says volumes about how much of an asset her kit can bring to a team.

Reinhardt [Tank]

Reinhardt’s seen a slight dip since the glory days of GOATs comp, but he's still a great pick in certain situations. It’s all thanks to his huge barrier that can protect an entire backline, as well as the devastating potential of a correctly timed Earthshatter. He can hold a team together and simultaneously crush an opposing one in a matter of seconds.

Roadhog [Tank]

It's been a long time, but Roadhog's finally back at the top of our tier list. It's somewhat surprising since he's not been changed for a very long time, but players are starting to get some serious value from his hooks and all-round survivability.

Zarya [Tank]

Zarya’s another tank who’s been a staple for a while and that’s down to the fact that she compliments the likes of Reinhardt and Genji nicely. Her bubble shield can soak up damage from bursty heroes like Zenyatta, Hanzo and Junkrat too, which feeds her energy bar really quickly and builds her strong Ultimate ability.

Zarya’s Ultimate also combos well with Hanzo’s Dragonstrike, Reinhardt’s Earthshatter and many more besides. She’s a super flexible pick who’s able to wrench her allies out of danger while increasing her power at the same time.

Winston [Tank]

Winston one occupied the very highest spot on our tier list during "The Age of the Dive Meta". He's definitely not what he once was, but he's certainly still a strong pick that'll head up a dive composition when you need one.

Sombra [Offense]

Sombra’s seen a huge rise in our tier list this month as she’s finally part of the meta. Her disruptive abilities are perfect for dismantling GOATs compositions or completely shutting down healers in the backline.

Hanzo [Defense]

Hanzo’s got fantastic mobility, coupled with the ability to one-shot a multitude of heroes and it’s extremely difficult to play against a Hanzo who’s landing all their shots and scurrying all over the map.

Mercy [Support]

Mercy provides strong, reliable single-target healing and an Ultimate ability that gives her serious survivability while giving her teammates an extra chance at life. Not as invaluable as she once was, but a solid pick in the right situation.

Tier 3

Lucio [Support]

In solid hands Lucio can shine as brightly in a random team as he does in truly collaborative pre-made efforts, and although he doesn't have a huge amount of health to play with - and his weapon projectiles are rather wobbly to deliver - his exceptional versatility, flexibility and ability to sustain his teammates and rush them back into action makes him a strong pick for any team.

We recognise that he's a solid pick, but we've placed him mid tier as there are some stronger options out there in terms of Support heroes right now.

Genji [Offense]

Genji’s skillset revolves around harassing enemies with Shurikens and closing down vulnerable targets. Shields and armour make his job much harder, especially as many enemies in the meta are now able to stun or burst him down in seconds.

If you can skillfully blend his amazing mobility skills and precision aiming together though, consider placing him a tier higher than he currently is. More than most heroes, how Genji is ranked by anyone is determined largely by your own ability at playing him. Just be warned that it's now a really tough gig...

Pharah [Offense]

Pharah’s another hero who’s seen a steady increase in pick rate throughout Season 11 and for much the same reasons as the ascendency of both Hanzo and Junkrat. She’s mobile, deals high burst damage and pairs up nicely with all the other meta heroes. Tag team her with Mercy and you’ve got a classic combination that forces the enemy into re-thinking their team composition just to deal with you.

Pharah gets weaker as you climb tiers and Widowmakers with sharp aim crawl out of the woodwork though, so that's why we've placed her mid-tier.

McCree [Offense]

We really enjoy McCree's point and click style. This hero comes with a caveat, however, in that you'll need quick reactions to succeed in just about any of the many duels you're likely to find yourself in. If you're clumsy with your shots, consider McCree a much lower pick. Having said that, his Flashbang grenade ability is amazing for locking down a squishy kill, and anyone who manages to master this hero can expect to make a serious difference to a team's performance on any given map or game mode. Put simply, if you expect lots of close-quarters combat, McCree is an exceptionally potent force on the battlefield.

Reaper [Offense]

Reaper's been buffed quite significantly meaning he's capable of dealing some significant damage in the low to mid tiers. He's now able to shred a team if he's placed in the right composition, but he's inherently a one dimensional hero. As you climb higher up the ranks he's still easily countered. Still, it's nice to see him back in some fashion.

Tracer [Offense]

Tracer's similar to Genji in nearly every respect. She's a phenomenal flanker who's capable of terrorising the enemy backline or gradually whittling down tank health bars - but only in the right hands. She's so mechanically intensive that this pick may not work in your favour.

Unless you’re extremely good, you’re likely to do no more than be a nuisance.

Wrecking Ball

We're not completely sold on Wrecking Ball. He's got some great utility, but he's only a decent pick if you're playing in a tightly coordinated team. Otherwise, we've found he's difficult to play with and around, especially as he zips around the map doing his own thing.

All in all, D.Va's just a better all-round pick who can still fulfill the same role as Wrecking Ball without potentially throwing the team into disarray.

Junkrat [Defense]

Junkrat’s still holding pretty strong in the DPS role thanks to his immense burst damage that’s perfect for breaking shields and shutting down the frontline. Much like Hanzo, he’s remarkably agile and players can really struggle to deal with his constant barrage of bombs.

Torbjorn [Defense]

Torbjorn's also another hero who's seen a significant rise in ranking, and that really is saying something. He's not moved up a tier since the game first launched!

Blizzard's rework has given Torbjorn a new lease of life and he's now not quite as linear as he used to be. He's surprisingly strong in the right hands and is more than capable of peeling for his teammates and holding down positions - don't underestimate everyone's favourite dwarven engineer.

Widowmaker [Defense]

An extremely accomplished Widowmaker player can cause the enemy team a huge number of headaches, but played strictly solo she can be a somewhat fiddly and fragile character to dominate with. When she's fully zoomed in on the action at hand, she's extremely vulnerable to being eliminated by a flanking aggressor and with no guaranteed protection from a teammate she can be taken out of combat pretty quickly.

Those who don't excel at this particular niche will find her a tricky hero to make any real impact with though.

Moira [Support]

Moira's great in all departments, but it's her ability to do it all that makes her so strong. Healing? Check. Damage dealing? Check. Able to get herself out of a sticky situation at the press of a button? Check.

Zenyatta [Support]

Zenyatta's a key pick for most compositions and is often a perfect counter and compliment to whatever's strong in the meta. His Transcendence is capable of negating damage, and his Discord and Healing Orbs are great for both removing vulnerable targets and ensuring allies are kept in the green.

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Tier 4

Mei [Defense]

Not only does Mei have a whole truckload of annoying crowd-control abilities to frustrate the enemy team with, she can also summon down a massive wall of ice that provides a super-annoying barricade for your future victims to have to deal with. Her excellent, immobilising Ultimate ability does require you to have a team who are savvy enough to capitalise on the opportunity though, so she's by no means a first pick if you're queuing up for a match with randoms. In a well-organised team, however, she can be a bit of a menace for the opposition to deal with. Expect your teammates to roll your eyes a bit when you choose her though.

Ashe [Offense]

Ashe is incredibly strong in the right hands, and capable of delivering huge amounts of damage at all ranges. Her Coach Gun is brilliant at knocking away incoming threats like Winston and Genji, while her Dynamite can damage enemies through shields which is perfect for sieging chokepoints.

Unfortunately, we're just not convinced she's a top tier pick yet. She's got all the tools to have a huge impact in a match, but it's all down to the skill of the player.

Doomfist [Offense]

Doomfist was one of the best DPS picks you could ask for at the beginning of Season 13, but Blizzard has since nerfed his CC, essentially rendering him a shadow of his former self. To play him right, you'll need to commit hard to the backline, land every ability perfectly and get out unscathed.

The likes of Genji and Tracer have seen a resurgence thanks to this, as they're able to harass the backline and cause havoc with relative ease.

Soldier: 76 [Offense]

It's a little tempting at first glance to think that Soldier: 76 is just another boring run-and-gun hero - and it's no accident that he's the first character you encounter during the game's tutorial - and yet there's plenty of mastery to be had here despite this surface simplicity. His DPS is very strong, his Sprint ability allows him to get back into the thick of battle nice and quickly, and that group heal can often mean the difference between victory or a rather embarrassing group wipe. He's a solid all-rounder really, and one that shines in skilled hands.

Having said all this, there's a better DPS for almost every situation currently (Hanzo for burst, Genji for flanking) and that's why he's in the lower rungs of this tier list.

Baptiste [Support]

Baptiste has a pretty high skill ceiling so he's not had a huge impact on the meta. Those who know how to use him can bring an enormous amount of healing to a team, but those who struggle with him can bring down a team without even realising it.

In many ways, he's a solid healer and support, but you'll need to have a strong handle on his abilities and positioning to get the most out of him.

Brigitte [Support]

Brigitte's not really much of a healer, but she functions amazingly well as an off-tank who provides some additional frontline presence as well as the ability to armour up her allies.

On top of all this, she synergises well with many shield-based heroes, and can switch from being defensive to stunning an enemy down in the blink of an eye. The utility she provides is exceptional but there's one big catch, and we've mentioned it already - she's not much of a healer. This means she simply doesn't provide enough sustain in the current meta.

Tier 5

Bastion [Defense]

Bastion's sat at the bottom of our tier list for a while now, but Season 13 is the first time we've had to seriously consider bumping him up a notch. In a weird "meta-twist" (a term we've just coined), he's actually ridiculously strong and capable of turning enemies to pixellated dust.

While many are losing their minds over this at high tiers of play, it's unlikely to effect your average competitive match. You need a coordinated team and a specific composition to pull off a Bastion play, something which doesn't come naturally when queueing up in solo queue.

All in all, Bastion’s got some situational strengths, but he’s a linear hero who’s easily countered and only effective in niche scenarios.

Symmetra [Offense]

Symmetra's rework has been huge and when you look at her new kit on paper, it certainly gives off the impression that she'll now have a big impact on the competitive scene. Unfortunately this isn't the case.

She's still a niche hero with damaging abilities that really don't match up to the likes of Genji, Tracer or even Doomfist. She lacks their mobility and "punch" when it comes to harassing opponents or pulling off an explosive combination of moves that'll eliminate enemies in a split second.

She'll need a buff or two to see any sort play, but in the right hands she can at least have some impact.

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  • Ross-the-Chihuahua #1 2 months ago
    @rsj1029 "Zarya is tier one that shit is unbelievable"

    Actually, Zarya is arguably one of the best tanks in the game. Her bubbles allow great map control potential, and the enemy goes into a dillema when Zarya bubbles someone or herself. Is the bubble gets destroyed, Zarya becomes stronger. If the bubble isn't destroyed, Zarya pretty much becomes invincible for 2 seconds.

    I agree that the torbjörn description is off, but WAY off? Sorry, but I don't think he's top tier or anything.

    I can't believe how salty you're getting over a tier list to be honest. If I read this out loud, I'd be yelling at the top of my lungs. Were you so easily triggered by this tier list you decided to make a rant about two tiny placements?

    You don't even provide evidence why Zarya being tier one is unbelievable.

    I literally made an account just to tell you this.
  • slyeyes #2 3 months ago
    Also sorry if my long post came across as angry or mean spirited, I really didn’t mean it that way, I’m just passionate and wanted to explain my opinion. (and it’s 4 in the morning help me).
  • slyeyes #3 3 months ago
    Hey, I’d like to respectfully say that I think this article is dumb, and the idea of an overwatch tier list is a silly idea.

    Quick tangent before I get into the meat of it, but the reason GOATS is still prominent in OWL and we aren’t seeing a ton of Bap or other stuff is because for months all the pros have just been practicing goats. The coaches aren’t going to call for a swap after they’ve been practicing for so long. Actually the whole part talking about what’s meta and what the pros are doing is annoying and misleading to me simply because organized team play is vastly different from ladder play and shouldn’t even be counted when trying to make a “tier list” in the first place.

    So the reason I think a Tier List is a dumb idea for Overwatch is because every character is viable, and every character can be effective against characters they counter and comps they counter. Not only that but ladder play is different from team play and low elo is different from high elo. You could make a case to argue for every single hero that’s not in “Tier 1.”

    Wrecking ball? His recent shield buff is insane and he is so good at displacing and making space. Easily a higher tier.

    Sombra? Broken. You can have a game winning ult every other fight and contrary to this article, she is not highly situational. You can use her against any comp on any map (unless you get countered) because her ult literally just nullifies abilities.

    Orisa and Bastion are both extra prevalent in the current Bunker comps, Hanzo and Widow are both incredible picks as they are one shot characters... Baptiste is incredible.. they’re all pretty incredible picks.

    In fact the only ones I would really steer away from are:

    Moira: because when you have the option for Ana/Bap/Mercy why would you go Moira? She offers no utility compared to the other three. You can argue her healing but supports are supports not healers, utility is necessary.

    Tracer: because her pulse bomb is basically nullified with it’s weaker damage. (A Widowmaker headshot does the same amount of damage as her pulsebomb) And flankers have fallen off even more because of Baptiste.

    But even then these picks can still thrive with good gameplay and into the right comp.

    The reason tier lists work for games like League of Legends, is because in League of Legends there are no hero swaps and balance patches are pushed out every two weeks. In Overwatch, updates are scarce and actively switching to counter your opponent is encouraged. Therefore the ‘tier list’ means basically nothing.

    A “Tier 4” Soldier easily counters a “Tier 3” Pharah.
    A “Tier 5” Sombra easily counters a “Tier 2” Dva or a “Tier 1” Reinhardt.

    And if you were to argue that Soldiers can’t always hit Pharahs or something similar then I would agree, but that just proves that a tier list is even more silly because clearly personal skill weighs so heavily into a matchup. If you wanted to create a ‘proper tier list,’ you’d want to compare every hero at the same “ideal skill level.” (which by the way that would instantly bump Widow and Hanzo to ‘Tier 1’ because of their one shot attacks) Additionally, you’d also need to create separate lists for Low Elo and High Elo. (Hint, Reaper and Pharah are widely more picked in low elo than in high elo.)

    Additionally, throughout this article you keep writing about “the meta” when it doesn’t matter because the majority of Overwatch ladder players don’t even play meta anyway. Off meta picks are extremely viable. Everything is extremely viable. Because ladder play is scuffed and swapping heroes is encouraged. Not only that but some heroes are better on certain maps too. A lower tier Mei can easily dominate a highest tier Reinhardt on Hanamura.

    In conclusion: I think the whole idea of an Overwatch tier list is dumb and misleading. Because every hero is completely viable. You just need to know when to play them and how to play them. It’s less about who you play and more about HOW you play. And you keep going on about the meta and what the pros do but what the pros do doesn’t even matter because organized play is SUPER different from ladder play. And low elo is even more different from high elo.

    I suggest scrapping the whole tier list. This isn’t league or dota. Counterpicking your opponent is super encouraged. Instead of going on about “what heroes are best” (because it’s super situational and depends on the map, your team, and the opponents team) I would just keep the guides and instead make a post covering meta team comps and how to counter them. (Bunker, Dive, 3 forms of goats, triple tank dive, regular dive, orisa/hog, rein/zarya, etc.) Or, even better, make posts on good synergies and which heroes to pick for which situations since that’s far more helpful than trying to say “what’s good and what’s bad.” Or write posts on game sense, ult tracking, positioning, and healing priority.

    There’s so many better posts you could have made instead of this one. I get the effort, but it’s a silly thing to make about a game that relies so heavily around counters.

    Thanks if you read this far. I’m passionate about this so I made an account just to type this reply lol. Sorry for any spelling errors. I play in high elo and i just... don’t get this. I could write a lot more but this is too long already. :( This frustrates me and just makes me want to write my own guides.
  • ShadowWolf14 #4 7 months ago
    Sorry for the double comment but also move lucio upto tier 2, hes played so much in owl for a resona
  • ShadowWolf14 #5 7 months ago
    Ok look moira is often laughed at by pro players and even gm players, her being tier 1 is far from it, shes got good healing and has dps but others not that much else and is closs range, id even put him at tier 3. Atleast tier 2.
  • rsj1029 #6 7 months ago
    Torbjorn description is way off.

    He can kill most of the tanks with ease, he can do heavy damage at close and long range.

    He can shield himself and speed boost at the same time to either become more deadly or run away from a fight.

    His molten core can make a huge impact during the final few seconds of a match.

    Most people like you@DirtyJoe do not know how to use him and lean into the cheaper characters which is understandable and nothing to be ashamed of.

    I mean you have Zarya as tier one that shit is unbelievable.
  • MetaEd #7 9 months ago
    @DirtyJoe Hi there!

    First off, thanks so much for this comment. Means a lot to us that you've stuck around for so long, and all the stuff you've mentioned is a great help!
    It can be tricky putting together a tier list every month, especially if we've not had a chance to pour as much time into the game as we'd like. That's why we really appreciate comments like yours.
    We'll make some adjustments to our tier list with the feedback you've given us, and we'll do our utmost to keep this page updated when the rework fiesta + Ashe has happened.
    Thanks again!
  • DirtyJoe #8 9 months ago
    Hey, I just want to start by saying that I've been following this list for a VERY long time and it has always been the best out there without a doubt. I only just made an account in order to make this comment.

    There are four characters which I believe should be moved down just one tier. These being D.Va, Mercy, Moira, and Junkrat. I think as you go higher in rank and there is better team coordination Moira and Junkrat become less effective when compared with other picks. Mercy just isn't very good at all right now, and it's even arguable that Lucio is a stronger pick. Also The Zarya/Rein tank combo is the most used and strongest at the moment so I don't quite understand why D.Va would be higher than Zarya.

    It seems to me that D.Va and Moira have been put in tier 1 on this list in order to have the heroes more spread to keep the list looking "pretty". But I would argue that Ana and Rein really are that strong right now that they are THE god tier and you shouldn't worry about how the list looks. It makes sense that tier 3 would have the most characters in it anyway, as it is a (mostly) balanced game.

    I think that MAYBE Doomfist and Brigitte should be in tier 1. However with the Torb rework, the coming hero changes, and addition of Ashe to the game, who knows what will happen to the meta? I thank you for your fine work!
  • MetaEd #9 11 months ago
    @iris12229 Thanks for this really detailed reply and analysis, honestly, it's been extremely helpful!
    We've been struggling to keep up with the meta lately due to various circumstances and comments like these are just what we need to get caught up with things.
    We've also dropped you a shout out in the tier list itself and done our best to rejig the standings so that all the heroes are now more accurately ranked.
  • iris12229 #10 A year ago
    Brigitte was tier 1 at release, but after the nerf and the meta change in general, she is still tier 2, but her lack of consistent healing means she only works in specific comps (or as a counterpick to dive). I would not place her above Zenyatta necessarily.

    Pharah is tier 3 at the highest (not tier 2). Very useful in niche situations, and as a counterpick, but gets weaker as the tiers get higher and Widowmakers can aim better.

    Soldier is not tier 2 (maybe tier 4). Maybe in Bronze/Silver/Gold he is high-tier. But the problem is that there is a better DPS for every situation (i.e. Hanzo for burst damage or Tracer/Genji for mobility/flanking). Soldier gets mauled in the frontline and dived in the backline. And he can't contest snipers.

    Reaper is low tier - not mid-tier. There is a better DPS for every situation. He has a big hitbox, moves slowly for a flanker and unlike other flankers, must be extremely close to deal any damage. He also has one of the easist to counter Ultimates in the game.

    DVa at tier 3 is underrated. While comps are more static and Brigitte exists, she still is often used as the the 3rd tank to round out the triple tank line-up with some mobility, burst damage and damage negation. She negates ultimates or at least limits where/when they can be positioned - even at the pro level.

    Doomfist is not low tier - in fact he's stronger than most of the DPS heroes ranked above him. He has a low pickrate due to his very high learning curve, but he is arguably the best flanker in the game due to his superb mobility, tankiness, ability to be used for anti-dive/backline protection and ability to be played in brawly comps with his team. The ammount of combos at his disposal is insane, alongside an Ultimate that saves his life, nets him a kill, restores a portion of his health, gives him great mobility, zones the enemy team out and prepares him for his next dive.

    Hammond is not as bad as people say, but ranking him higher than Orisa, Roadhog and Winston is a stretch when we haven't seen him perform much yet. The tanks are mostly in a balanced postion at the moment. Winston is arguably a superior dive-tank to Hammond due to much quicker mobility when diving and, of course, being a shield tank that disrupts the sightlines of DPS/snipers.

    I do agree with the majority of choices on this list. Sombra has been seen in high level play a lot recently, but she still requires teamwork that most people will never find to make her as good as other DPS. On certain maps, Bastion is very strong, but in general I would agree with the bottom tier.

    Widowmaker as mid-tier is a tough call because the variance between a casual, mid-level and pro Widow are vast.
  • s2nature #11 A year ago
    Here is my analysis.
    8/1 Hero Tier

    Original file [Google Sheets]

    For your information. Peace.
  • Bedders #12 A year ago
    @Phosphophyllite Hi there. Thanks for taking the time to sign up and give such detailed feedback. I think you've hit the nail on the head with some of this stuff in terms of timing. With regards to Brigitte / Hanzo we've made some notes just above the tier list which explains some of the current thinking. This should be fixed in the next update which will likely take place tomorrow.

    We have a very general, wide-reaching audience for Overwatch, sitting at many places in terms of ranking. For that reason we have to strike a tricky balance between what's useful advice for people of different capabilities and playstyles - solo queue, pre-made and so on.

    We do have an article on the best heroes for beginners, and so I agree the focus should probably be more on the hero's position in the meta independent of mechanical difficulty. We'll have a think about how best to handle that in time for the next update and having your feedback is very useful.

    I'm actually on holiday now until next week, so apologies for the delay in getting back to you on any replies to this.
  • Phosphophyllite #13 A year ago
    So this comes up first when I search "Overwatch tier list" on google. Seems like you released it a day after it became outdated (Brigitte being released in competitive on April 30th and all). I guess if you're putting these out on a monthly basis it's a case of unfortunate timing.

    Some feedback, I think it would be helpful if - in your hero blurbs - you more consistently included some notes about what the characters match up well with/against and why that warrants their ranking. I'm not here to tell you which hero should be ranked where; I'm not your target audience. That being said, if you're giving Zenyatta a t2 rating because you feel he matches up well against Tracer and Genji it only makes sense to ask yourself why you consider countering Genji and Tracer so important. If other players at your reader's rank are playing those characters well enough that they need to be countered, why assume your reader is incapable of doing so?

    This begs the question; Is the goal of your piece to give your reader some ideas for characters that are easy to pick up? Is it a tier list at all? Or should it be titled "Top 26 Overwatch Heroes That Are Immediately Rewarding To Play?" Right now it seems like you're trying to do both and I think ultimately you could be getting two good articles out of this research instead of one misleading one. The purpose of a competitive tier list is not to put warning labels on Tracer and Widowmaker because they require aiming mechanics (if your readers never practice their aim, it will never improve). However, a list of suggestions for easy heroes to learn would be a great place for those words of caution.

    I see in your most recent edit that a revamp of this list is forthcoming and with the meta comp being more or less set-in-stone it should be relatively easy to rank. I hope you consider including explanations of why the Zarya/Hanzo ult combo is so valuable in a healing heavy meta, and how Mercy's damage boost interacts with spirit dragon vs a defensive transcendence. Congrats on being the top result on google search. Keep it up, the community is counting on you.
  • gsekai #14 A year ago
    even it tier 3 i use hanzo
  • Jambonbadil #15 A year ago
    Hey which base do you use to build this meta game? If you look a little to overwatch league first season your ranking is false. The maps have a bigger impact on heroes pick. Mercy is quite always played and Lucio not often. Tracer genji pharah and widow see a lot of plays. Junkrat too in defense. Roadhog is sometime played.

    In fact there is no real meta game. It depends of the maps. If you really want one. Maybe tier 1 should be : dva mercy tracer monkey zenya
  • SmolKing #16 A year ago
    damn this is just bad. plain bad. the rankings overall are wrong for just about half the heroes and the explanations just scream that you have no idea what you're talking about
  • inscaped #17 A year ago
    I've registered here just to say that this tier list is kinda delusional, while some advices stand correct. Check the statistics instead.
  • GoCrazy #18 A year ago
    This tier list is pretty bad. Lucio is a much worse pick then zenyatta right now. Look at pro pickrate and look at high elo streamers. Mercy + zenyatta is run in almost every game. Transcendence > sound barrier, discord is very strong, and you can harmony orb your mercy to keep her alive. You put lucio in tier 1 and zenyatta in tier 2. Another issue is reinhardt and zarya being above orisa. Many high elo streamers say picking reinhardt is throwing when you can pick Orisa. People like eviltoaster have said that right now orisa is better in every way compared to reinhardt. There are very few exceptions to this (like last point numbani). You can never win the shield war with reinhardt because reinhardt cant shoot and shield at the same time. Reinhardt also heavily relies on lucio being meta, which he isn't right now. Roadhog is better than zarya right now. This is because reinhardt is very bad and roadhog pairs much better with Orisa.

    Simply put.

    Characters that were overrated:
    Moira (terrible with dive and bad defensive ult)

    Characters that were underrated:
  • CyberCelebi #19 A year ago
    i'm sorry, but I don't agree with the majority of this. Lucio hasn't been in god tier since season... was it 5? I don't remember cause it's been so long. How is genji in tier 3 because of his high skill cap, but widow is in tier 5 for the same reason? Also, don't even think that I haven't noticed that you have had the same notes for every hero. It hasn't changed at all. This could be coming from a salty Symmetra/Ana main, but this list is very off.
  • Jonseredi #20 A year ago
    This tier list isn't accurate at all. While Winston, Soldier, Reaper, Junkrat and Ana are ranked way too high, moving them down would just mess up the whole tier list. I'd recommend checking for other tier lists.
  • Gerardy #21 A year ago
    Must be a 1 tank meta if Winston is the only tank in Tier 1 and 2 kek
  • Lezhka #22 A year ago
    Are you guys kidding? Widowmaker T5? She's T2 at least. Even if she gets flanked her hook has an extremely low cooldown now. And that's why widow mines exist, to warn you if anyone is flanking. And now you can even see them through walls after they get hit by the mine.
  • Bedders #23 2 years ago
    No, they're clustered in tiers by hero type, then sorted alphabetically within those categories. I don't think it's to anyone's benefit to be more granular than that.
  • andréalayon51 #24 2 years ago
    Are the individual tiers in order as well?
    Hilarious to see Zarya under Orisa.
  • Bedders #25 2 years ago
    Hi folks. Please read through the update note on this article for details of how we plan to update our tier list over the course of the month.

    The Bastion changes are huge - and there are plenty of other tweaks too - but it will take time for a clear consensus to emerge of how things really stack up.

    We plan to update our tier list on a weekly update for the month of March. We'll use your feedback to refine it further.
  • NoMETAZone #26 2 years ago
    For me, Sombra is very overpowered. It is hard not to choose her sometimes. Most people get mad that I choose her, like if a person chooses Widow, but I know how to work it.
  • Bedders #27 2 years ago
    Just to preempt any post-patch rage that may be brewing in your fingertips, we'll be updating this tier list again at the start of February.

    Allowing a week of live play seems like the bare minimum of good sense before making any drastic changes, or claiming the sky is falling in for any one hero.
  • matthewbergin40 #28 2 years ago
    Have you not seen the overwatch World cup? Ana was almost as mandatory as a reinhardt there. Ana should be at least tier 2..
  • Bedders #29 2 years ago
    Hey folks, just a quick update to highlight the update I'm about to put in the article...

    I'll obviously be updating this tier list in the very near future to take into account the changes that have just gone live with the new patch.

    That's not going to happen immediately though, as I want to wait until there's a better picture of what the impact of those changes are. I try to avoid kneejerk reactions to updates if at all possible, as it benefits no-one and immediate perceptions can be extremely misleading.

    I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on how you're finding things though.
  • scramyragie70 #30 2 years ago
    I agree with bastion's placement but remember there will be people like zylbrad
  • Bedders #31 2 years ago
    @erickim79 Doh! Sorry - fixing now and thank you :-)

    Glad you liked the article!
  • erickim79 #32 2 years ago
    Reinhardt's recommendation has a typo in it.
    It reads Roadhog, but it was an interesting article to read.

  • christianrios43 #33 2 years ago
    I think D.Va is a lot better then she was placed. (Probably Main Bias), but still she can destroy anything with her Defense Matrix and has a fly! I Think she should be like a tier 2 or 3 because 2nd to worst is not where she belongs.
  • tyleroakley01 #34 2 years ago
    @KFrench Saying Diva is played in almost every match at the gold/plat level doesn't really mean much. I'm sure bastion is played in almost every match at the bronze level, doesn't mean he's good though.
  • Al3for #35 2 years ago
    @KFrench Mei is really only good on 2CP defense, Reaper and McCree are just better all round then Junkrat, and Winston does everything does (mobility, harassment) better then, and if your playing her for the shield, just use Reinhardt. All the heroes you listed just have better High Tier alternatives. That being said, Mei can be useful, and was Top Tier at one point, but the game moved on from her. Junkrat can be useful below diamond, where players aren't too good at dodging, though.
  • Bedders #36 2 years ago
    @KFrench All I'll say is that the last time we published this tier list (barely a fortnight ago and there being barely a single difference between the two versions) people screamed blue murder that the opposite of what you're suggesting is true, and that it was too reflective of the general playerbase. Read into all of this whatever you will.
  • KFrench #37 2 years ago
    This tier list is terrible. Mei is tier 2 at the absolute worst right now and Diva is played in almost every match in the gold/plat level. Junkrat has one of the craziest winrates in the game due to his absurd dps.

    The people behind this list do not seem to be paying attention to the game as a whole right now. Perhaps they are only watching professional matches? If so, that is not a healthy way to build this tier list. That scene consists of about .05% of the player base.
  • chapete665 #38 2 years ago
    Have to disagree with this article about Pharah. I'm an avid Pharah player and her rockets are low damage with even lower splash damage. I base this compared to an equal offensive player such as Mcree or a defensive player such as Hanzo. It takes 4 DIRECT hits to Mcree or Hanzo to kill. When Mcree can one shot or 6 rapid-fires Pharah AFTER he stuns. Pharah's rockets are low damage and slow moving. Her reloads are manageable. Against Mei, Pharah is almost unbearable in close quarters. So doing damage at a distance is ok. But don't forget about Widowmaker. I hunt Widowmakers and Mcrees specifically. One, to try and get them to aggro-quit and two, just to mess with them and have the satisfaction of killing them. In closed-quarters Mcree is a force but, in an open area map, I own.
  • svennowak48 #39 2 years ago
    you should overhaul the listing in a tier system and divide the champions for role first before you put out tiers
  • SIMOMEGA #40 2 years ago
    @adamramos78 Mercy heals more than Zen actually, just saying.
    How does Pharah zone better than Junkrat?
    I have no experience in Pharah, but I have 33-35 hours on Junkrat and at least 230 on Overwatch (SIMOMEGA#2375), I have some hours in PTR too I included them on my normal playtime, and I can safely say that Pharah needs to be in the air to use her rockets and concussive blast at her best, Pharah's rockets can't bounce either, unlike Junkrat's grenades, he has a trap that can hardly be seen and the mine is also a scarecrow for the enemy team (if they aren't that braindead to go against him in a corridor anyway xd).
    Good thing they are buffing Hanzo and Mei now, I hope we'll see at least 1 Defense Hero back in the meta.
  • SIMOMEGA #41 2 years ago
    @samuelgabe87 Just watch 1 tournament, JUST 1, you'll see that teams pick the same heroes most of the time, get your facts straight before talking. -.-
  • SIMOMEGA #42 2 years ago
    @Bedders If this is a Soloq tier list then Mercy should be bottom of T2, she's still good, but Zen has just insane dps, 50% discord is no joke, no way Mercy is better than Zen, not even with that rez of hers, and Mercy requires a team that can protect her, she has a gun but unlike Zen she has lower dps and no hitscan, Zen's orbs are easier to hit the target as well, also Zen is so ridicoulusly strong that he might even be better than Lucio as solo healer, after nerf (30% discord) he will still be viable, but I hope all the alternative healers will be picked in competitive, and thanks to the double healer meta even less Lucio and more of Zen / Ana, Zen / Mercy, Ana / Mercy and so on, right now Zen is T1 at the very least, his ult charges pretty fast as well.
    Mercy's ult isn't as good as Zen's FOR SOLOQ, because most of the time you will rez 1 or 2 ppl, at that point it's just better to put a discord on an enemy and ult right after that to prevent them from dying, after rez they will die again anyway (cuz rest of team is probably dead or your braindead Reinhardt / D.Va is trying to catch that Lucio), and last but not least after Zen buff Mercy was never picked, even Ana saw some play with Zen (Overwatch Open, still watching, I'm halfway through the playlist on YouTube).
    Genji in T3? If you can use him quite well you can do massacre on the enemy team, I can average 30 elims in most matches when I go him, it doesn't require team coordination that much, I don't understand why he's T3.
  • aboali4u22 #43 3 years ago
    First of all i looked for Zenyatta, when i saw him on T4 I stoped, this list has no credibility... Do you even watch pro matches? The monk is at least T2...اخبار
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  • adamramos78 #44 3 years ago
    @gustavomota13 Zenyatta is at least tier 1 in both pubs and competitive games. He's the go to off support in every team. Lucio offers great aoe heals but he doesn't offer the single target heals the team needs. Zenyatta covers that role and he covers it better than Mercy does imo.

    Defense heroes are just bad period and they're bad in pubs too. The only reason some defense heroes have a high win rate is because the defense team usually wins in bottom to low level games, regardless of what they pick. Unorganized teams just have a hard time breaking a defense, even if the defense team has zero defense heroes.

    Torb, for example, just happens to only be picked on defense teams 99% of the time. His win rate gets skewered from the fact that defense was going to win regardless of who's on the team. That doesn't mean torb is good. It just means that he's only picked on team defense.

    The fact that bastion has a 52% win rate despite mainly only being picked on defense teams shows how effing bad that hero is. Big surprise that a sitting duck hero is easy to counter. You're actually better off with two Mccrees than one Mccree and one Bastion.

    Mei, Junkrat, widowmaker, and hanzo are all awful too. Offense heroes outclass defense heroes, even when you are playing on defense. Pharah offers more reliable damage and zoning control than junkrat, widowmaker was overnerfed, and hanzo is just a worse widowmaker who doesn't fill a role you need, and mei may very well be the worst hero in the game. All defense heroes deserve rank 5 with bastion and mei at the bottom.
  • Anjay #45 3 years ago
    This list is pretty bad... Why are mercy and widow so high up when they are borderline unplayable? And Zenyatta in T4? Agreed zen is probably T2
  • samuelgabe87 #46 3 years ago
  • Bedders #47 3 years ago
    @gustavomota13 This isn't a list about how pros play in tightly coordinated teams, this is geared more towards small groups of friends or solo players queuing up - we do explain that in the intro.

    I'm not saying that means our list is beyond debate and he couldn't be nudged up if you really felt that put out about it, but I'll clear up that misunderstanding about the basis of this article.
  • gustavomota13 #48 3 years ago
    First of all i looked for Zenyatta, when i saw him on T4 I stoped, this list has no credibility... Do you even watch pro matches? The monk is at least T2...
  • Bedders #49 3 years ago
    Hey folks,

    Just to let you know I'm in the process of adding all things Ana to the site now that she's available in the live game.

    I'm not going to reappraise the rankings now until the start of August, as I'd rather wait a little while to see how things settle. When I update the tier list, Ana will be included.

    Thanks and have fun :-)

  • Bedders #50 3 years ago
    @dougdavis10 It's for PC really. I keep meaning to do a separate one for consoles but I don't have access to the game on PS4 / Xbox sadly. I'll need to research things and see what's what.
  • dougdavis10 #51 3 years ago
    @bedders does these tier list go for PC and/or consoles? Just wondering cause I play on PS4.
  • nathancole27 #52 3 years ago
    @billshut34 Tier lists are based on usage though.
    And Symmetra is very underused in both competitive and ESPECIALLY random que.
  • billshut34 #53 3 years ago
    why is symmetra tier 4? she has the highest overall winrate of all heroes.
    her teleporter and turrets on defend=guaranteed win
    most time i play symmetra i even get the potg
    shes also easy to play for starters (since you dont really need to aim with her weapon/her turrets) except you play her in a very offensive way which i think you did

    what do you mean by "most useful"? is this just a list of your favorite heroes/most picked heroes?

    but i guess im just a butthurt symmetra player
  • jamesvaughan32 #54 3 years ago
    Can you guys make a separate tier list for consoles? Thanks!
  • Bedders #55 3 years ago
    @SatoShi I made a number of changes for this edition of our tier list, including a movement for Widowmaker following the nerf. I'm making some further changes later on as I had a couple of uncertainties that I want to correct - I also think we perhaps need an extra bracket. You may or may not agree with the end result, but that is the nature of such things I'm afraid.

    It was already outlined in the introduction, but I've changed the wording this morning to make it even clearer that this is not a tier list for professional players performing at a peak level of personal and cooperative team play. Rather, it's more suitable for the vast majority of players teaming up with friends or jumping into the random queue, and who want a snapshot of how things loosely stand at any given time.
  • SatoShi #56 3 years ago
    Worst tier list I've ever seen
    You put the exact same list as your previous one, which doesn't even include the mccree nerf.

    Soldier, Pharah and Roadhog are curently overpicked in tournament and competitive and they all appear as T3 ?
    At least get your information correct please.
  • jamesvaughan32 #57 3 years ago
    Is there a way for me to take a look at older tier lists? Also, could you maybe make a separate one for console players? Thanks!
  • articmerkz #58 3 years ago
    I find this stupid no one hero is better than the other Heroes the game is like one big game of Rock Paper Scissors each hero is strong against one hero and weak against another for example widowmaker is great against phara but bad against genji
  • davidanthonymedina #59 3 years ago
    Zenyatta is amazing. Go Back.
  • Bedders #60 3 years ago
    Yeah I think that's probably badly worded more than anything else. The damage potential is there, but getting there and keeping it going is tougher for the average player. I'll make a tweak.
  • transgendent #61 3 years ago
    I like how you guys say that Symmetra's personal damage is "poor" when her primary attack, which locks on to a target mind you, can get to 120dps. If you go against a Symmetra that knows how to bob and weave really well, you die really quick.
  • xestaxerxes62 #62 3 years ago
    To be honest this tier list doesn't make that much sense. About Zenyatta as example, you're talking about bad damage output when his lmb attack combined with e is one of the most heaviest dmg outputs there are in this game. You are able to kill reinhardt with full hp in 4 hits while he has E on him. Also zenyatta can be played pretty defensively because of his high range and the possibility to heal your teammates from a very far away range. Soon he will be at tier 1-2, when people start to get good at this game.
  • WowBadGuide #63 3 years ago
    Worst guide out there Mei a tier 4 wow you have not played the game and junkrat at tier 3 they should both be tier 1 please play the game before posting this shit again.
  • TheDoc013 #64 3 years ago
    I really like the guides and everything in this article. Expect one tiny tiny. Saying Zenyatta's damage output is low is probably the most inaccurate thing in here. He's a glass canon, sure. But a canon nonetheless. Other than that. Brilliant read.
  • When a team of 6 Reapers can beat pretty much much everything, it is probably safe to assume Reaper deserves the no. 1 spot until Nerf.
  • sandervanputten22 #66 3 years ago
    Symmetra is actually a staple for competitive high level play mate. Teleporter is extremely strong for both offense and defense during a "move the payload"-game.
  • xReplica #67 3 years ago
    This tier list is pretty off, seems like you haven't watched competitive play at all. There's no way Roadhog isn't one of the worst heroes in the game, and Mei belongs in a tier at the bottom by herself.
  • maxwichman86 #68 3 years ago
    Order from best to wtf of heroes and each of their strongest and weakest characteristics.

    Player - good / bad
    Lucio - team buff / low health
    Wins - mobility / low dmg output
    mei - stall power / slow
    Reaper - ult&dmg / range
    McCree - stun / squishy
    Reinhardt - shield / range
    Zarya - essentially invincible / speed
    Mercy - ult / terrible dmg
    Hanzo - HUGE dmg output/ poor in close quarters
    Road hog - hook stuns!?! / slow and no range
    Tracer - mobility / health
    Dva - well rounded
    Zenyatta - ult / squishy
    Soldier - heal plus ult combo /
    Genji - deflect / medium quarters only
    Junk Rat - super good / easy to counter
    Pharah - flying or ult / easy target for snipe
    Widow-maker - needs: better ult (shows each characters critical spots also?), ability to do some collaterals
    Bastion - Let's your friends use him to learn how to play and that's about it.
    Torj - too easy to counter
    Symmetra - turrets are too weak for high skill levels teleporter is worthless for an ult (not even as good as Lucios passive)
  • 'elainesy44 #69 3 years ago
    Re Hanzo description "but he really only shines against low health, slow, or entirely stationary enemy targets."

    --> This is completely false. A decent Hanzo can aim and hit moving targets, and headshotting full-life targets will one-shot them.
  • Meldorn #70 3 years ago
    Junkrat's description is a bit off base.

    "Nothing special in the way of mobility:" The man has a landmine that allows him to essentially rocketjump every five seconds. This works perfectly for escapes, returning to combat, and giving access to 2nd floor vantage points (which makes him even more of a threat).

    "Pretty limited direct damage output:" Junkrat has some of the most insane damage output in the game. If you get someone trapped, even the heaviest of tanks, they won't survive three seconds. I'm guessing you're referring to his inability to direct this damage--sure, his weapon isn't the most accurate, but even if you miss, the splash damage is great at crowd control. If the enemy team bunches up, or if you're in close quarters, you can easily off 3-5 enemies with a few clips and a landmine.

    Like you said, you have to work harder for these moments. Aka, you have to know how to aim an bounce the grenades. I get that this list is for new players, but you shouldn't be ranking these characters based on user skill and error. Junkrat shouldn't be deemed "low tier" just because people can't aim and he has no heals.