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Who are the most popular Overwatch heroes in every role?

Published: 29/Aug/2019 12:38 Updated: 29/Aug/2019 15:34

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch player data reveals which heroes have been the most popular in each role over the month of August.

With the arrival of role queue, it’s arguably more important than ever to be aware of which heroes you’re likely to face in your opposing position, and which your teammates in different roles are most likely to play.

Thanks to tracking from overbuff, here’s a look at the most popular heroes in each role. Lists are given based on PC Competitive play, but differences in Console priorities are noted where relevant.

Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch is moving to a role queue system that will lock players into a particular role each game.

Damage

At the top of the Damage charts is McCree, who sits comfortably between reliable hitscan damage and a high skill ceiling with consistent headshots to appeal to a broad range of players and compositions.

Unsurprisingly, he’s followed fairly closely by the Shimada brothers, Genji and Hanzo, as well as Widowmaker, while Ashe fills in the final spot of the top five.

  1. McCree
  2. Genji
  3. Hanzo
  4. Widowmaker
  5. Ashe

While there are definitely some differences on console – Genji’s priority drops a bit, and Reaper’s goes up significantly – many of the same names appear at the top of the priority lists.

Blizzard EntertainmentMcCree tops the Damage lists as the most popular hero.

Tank

Perhaps a little unsurprisingly given the rise in Bunker-style compositions of late, the tank role is topped by Orisa and Roadhog, who synergize well for the infamous Halt-Hook combo.

Unfortunately, it’s a rough time for fans of Overwatch’s favorite scientist, as Winston doesn’t crack the top five. Dive compositions, of which Winston was historically the centrepiece, haven’t been nearly as prevalent this year, and now he has competition as a mobile tank from Wrecking Ball too.

Sigma isn’t included due to having only been released on August 13, so he’s not been available for the full month.

  1. Orisa
  2. Roadhog
  3. Reinhardt
  4. Wrecking Ball
  5. D.Va

On console things look largely the same, although the positions of D.Va and Wrecking Ball are switched.

Blizzard EntertainmentOrisa and Roadhog, who bring the Halt-Hook combo together, are at the top of the tank lists.

Support

The support role is perhaps a little surprisingly dominated by Ana, who is also the most-picked hero in any role by some margin.

The support sniper has a versatile and exciting kit with a lot of skill expression, but can sometimes struggle to match the sheer healing output of some supports, especially those that can pump out AOE heals given the prevalence of GOATS-style or bunker compositions recently.

Nevertheless, it seems the satisfaction of a clutch sleep dart and the more engaging playstyle of Ana’s Biotic Rifle make her a more appealing prospect than the other supports.

  1. Ana
  2. Moira
  3. Mercy
  4. Zenyatta
  5. Lúcio

This role sees the biggest change on console compared to PC due to the priority of Ana, who drops down in play rate significantly without the use of a keyboard and mouse.

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Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.