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The most popular Overwatch support heroes at each rank

Published: 25/Nov/2019 23:02

by Bill Cooney

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An Overwatch fan on Reddit has shared a new look at which Support heroes are more popular at each rank, and the changes from bronze to Grandmaster are pretty interesting.

Support heroes may not be as flashy as DPS, but without them, Tanks and everyone else are entirely dependent on health packs.

If players want an example of how this actually works for themselves, all they have to do is play a few games of Quick Play Classic, because it will happen eventually.

The good news is that with Role Queue, you’ll never run into a game without Support players in Competitive or Quick Play.

With Support heroes guaranteed in every game now, Reddit user SYNERGY_12846 decided to take a look at how much each hero is picked at each level of play.

Everyone loves Moira, apparently

Surprising absolutely no one who’s actually played Overwatch in the last year, Moira seems to be the favorite support hero to pick from Bronze all the way up to GM.

On the other hand, the least-picked Support heroes are Zenyatta and Brigitte, who seem to have very similar pick rates across the board.

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Ana seems to be most popular with the middle of the board players in Platinum, Gold, and Diamond being her most popular ranks.

Our good man Baptiste is consistent across all levels, there might be a slight reduction at the Grandmaster stage, but otherwise, his pick rate is solid.

Mercy starts out as very popular in Bronze, but slowly loses ground as she moves up into Platinum and higher ranks.

The most interesting data might just be for Lucio, though, whose pick rate in Master and Grandmaster explode after sitting solidly under Ana from Bronze through Diamond.

Blizzard EntertainmentMoira is currently the most-picked Support hero in Overwatch by far.

Could support pick rates change?

With new updates and patches, there’s always the chance for heroes pick rates to change, and there is a new Overwatch patch currently on the PTR.

The November 13 PTR patch did include nerfs for Moira, but whether or not that will change her domination of the Support picks remains to be seen.

Only time will tell if the current support meta will be shaken up by the PTR changes, but at least now we can appreciate how rare Zenyatta mains truly are in the wild.

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Overwatch’s tank mains want nerfs as Echo & Zenyatta make ranked “hell”

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:44

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch tanks have been on the receiving end of some major nerfs lately with Sigma and Wrecking Ball on the chopping block, but now players are calling for changes to two heroes responsible for making ranked “hell” for them.

Tanks in Overwatch are critical pieces of any team composition and while they’ve seemed overpowered for quite some time, now, Echo and Zenyatta seem to be on the receiving end of fury from the playerbase.

Notably, Echo’s ability to delete targets with ease thanks to her ammo count and powerful Focusing Beam makes her a dangerous foe while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb shreds tanks.

When applied, Discord Orb causes an opponent to receive 30% extra damage. As such, large health pool tanks can be obliterated when focused down thanks to Zen’s utility.

Echo using Focusing Beam
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Echo has a lot of tools to be a pain for enemy teams.

Players on Reddit have been vocal in calling for changes. “Tanks f**king suck to play right now and the sigma nerfs just solidified that for me,” wrote user HaMx_Platypus.

“None of the tanks actually feel like tanks at all when you’re going up against 30% Discord,” they added.

Redditors chimed in with their own thoughts. “Completely agree, Discord should be taken back down to 25% at least,” one wrote.

Zenyatta attacks

“Echo’s issue is that her clip is too big,” another pointed out. “The Sticky [cool down] doesn’t matter, the issue is she can often use them again before having to reload.”

“It’s bonkers that she can combine all 3 abilities (right click, throw out a few left clicks and then immediately use beam) to stack the damage, as it will literally kill any hero in the game if you land the stickies,” a fan blasted.

Another took their criticism of Echo and Discord to another level. “Discord is simply too powerful. It’s literally like 6 Mercy boosts at a time and 90% of the time that’s going onto the main tank. Plus you add the spam damage that Zen does and it’s just unreal,” they slammed.

“Echo was poorly designed. I couldn’t tell upon release but it’s much clearer now. She just has too many tank-busting abilities and not enough punishability,” the user further remarked.

With so many players voicing their frustration, it may be a sign for Blizzard to consider some slight nerfs on the Experimental Mode in the coming weeks.