Overwatch

New York Excelsior's Saebyeolbe Explains Why He Might Not Play Tracer Any More

by Joe O'Brien
Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

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New York Excelsiors Park ‘Saebyeolbe’ Jong-yeol has commented on Tracer’s place in the current Overwatch meta.

Saebyeolbe talks about why Tracer struggles amongst the prevalent heroes right now, and states that he might be moving away from his signature hero going forward as a result.

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Tracer is one of the game’s more unique heroes in terms of her role in the game. She’s perhaps the only hero who has been strong or at least viable on almost any map and throughout every meta shift.

Simultaneously, she’s so demanding at the highest level in terms of mechanics and decision-making that almost every team has a dedicated Tracer player who has dedicated most of their attention to her over years.

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It seems, however, that Tracer’s prevalence might be about to take a hit for the first time. According to Saebyeolbe, the combination of Hanzo and Brigitte in the current meta makes Tracer much more vulnerable – so much so that he claims he won’t be playing her in the current state.

Many consider Saebyeolbe to be the best Tracer player in the world – a title he claimed for himself after New York Excelsior won their second consecutive stage title in the Stage 3 playoffs – so if he’s moving away from the hero it's not without reason.

It’s worth noting, however, that reports suggest that the new version of Hanzo that is currently dominating online will not appear in Stage 4 of the Overwatch League. Whether or not this decision is final has not been officially confirmed, but if it is the case then the OWL could theoretically develop an entirely separate meta to the current live game.