Overwatch Tier List

Overwatch’s cast of 32 heroes is one of the most iconic in recent e-sport history. With engaging gameplay mechanics and balance that centers on team synergy, each hero feels so good to play.

While you’ll have fun playing as any of these heroes, the game allows some to shine more than others in competitive matches. This list aims to shed light on Overwatch’s current pecking order, if you will, so you can be guided on which ones to play in the current meta.

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Tier List Methodology

This tier list is consistent with the game’s competitive 23rd season. All buffs, nerfs, and patches before the start of the season are recognized. The heroes are ranked based on different factors, including:

  • Pick rate in competitive play: how frequently a hero is picked in Bronze through Grandmaster-ranked games
  • Win rate in competitive play: the likelihood a hero is part of the winning team when participating in games. Certain caveats are considered, for example, heroes that have high win rates, but extremely low pick rates will not automatically be placed in the upper rankings.
  • Role efficacy: how good the hero performs their role as an Attacker, Tank, or Support.
  • Synergy with other heroes: since Overwatch is very team-oriented, heroes which fit across any team composition will likely place higher.

With that out of the way, let’s go ahead and dive into Overwatch’s latest tier list.

S-Tier

Overwatch Tier List Tier S

The best heroes in the game. They fit in almost any party composition you make, evidenced by the fact that they have a high pick and win rate.

These heroes excel in their roles and are always a problem for the opposing team.

HeroRoleAbilitiesDescription
ReinhardtTankPrimary: Rocket Hammer

Secondary: Barrier Field

Shift-ability: Charge

E-ability: Fire Strike

Ultimate: Earthshatter (Ultimate)
Reinhardt is tank incarnate. His shield covers a lot of ground and absorbs decent damage before breaking – which makes it essential in team fights.

He also has a respectable damage potential because of “Charge”, therefore, eliminating any potential drawbacks he has.
AnaSupportPrimary: Biotic Rifle

Secondary: Scope

Shift-ability: Sleep Dart

E-ability: Biotic Grenade

Ultimate: Nano Boost
Despite being one of the most difficult heroes to master, Ana continues to see a high pick and win rate.

Ana’s healing and buffs rely on precise aim so it takes some getting used to. This is offset by how extremely useful her skill set is.

When you get used to playing Ana, you’ll find that you’re playing arguably the best support hero in the game.
McCreeAttackerPrimary: Peacekeeper

Secondary: Rapid-fire

Shift: Combat Roll

E-ability: Flashbang

Ultimate: Deadeye
McCree is way up here in terms of providing much-needed offense for your team.

His skill set is great for close combat and picking off the other team’s squishier members.

Like Ana though, McCree players need to invest a lot of time refining their aim because that defines how successful he can be.
MoiraSupportPrimary: Biotic Grasp (Left)

Secondary: Biotic Grasp (Right)

Shift: Fade

E-ability: Biotic Orb

Ultimate: Coalescence
Moira’s ability to heal the squad is a must-have in competitive play. She has decent mobility and short cooldowns, so it’s easy to justify her being in the top tier.

Moira’s potential shines when paired with other supports like Ana and Mercy.
GenjiAttackerPrimary: Shuriken

Secondary: Shuriken Fan

Shift: Swift Strike

E-ability: Deflect

Ultimate: Dragonblade
Genji is another hero that’s difficult to master, but very rewarding to you and your team once you do.

He has amazing mobility coupled with great damage potential. The best Genji players dart around the map, picking off members of the opposite squad with ease.
ZaryaTankPassive: Energy

Primary: Particle Cannon

Secondary: Particle Grenade

Shift: Particle Barrier

E-ability: Projected Barrier

Ultimate: Graviton Surge
Zarya isn’t a slouch as far as tanks go. What adds to her utility is her passive, which boosts her damage based on the amount her shields absorb.

If you’re facing Reinhardt and Zarya in the same team, buckle up because it’s certainly going to be a battle of attrition.

A-Tier

Overwatch Tier List Tier A

These are powerful heroes with good win rates and synergy with most party setups.

They’re not up there with the S-tiers in the current meta, but skilled players can easily dominate the match with these heroes in the squad.

HeroRoleAbilitiesDescription
MercySupportPassive: Angelic Descent

Passive: Regeneration

Primary: Caduceus Staff

Secondary: Caduceus Blaster

Shift: Guardian Angel

E-ability: Resurrect

Ultimate: Valkyrie
Remember the time when Mercy was almost at a 90% pick rate? Yeah, those days are over now, but Mercy still sits in the comfortable A-tier because of her ability to heal and buff the team in a pinch.

Also, her resurrection ability is an instant advantage for any team that has her.
LucioSupportPassive: Wall Run

Primary: Sonic Amplifier

Secondary: Soundwave

Shift: Crossfade

E-ability: Amp It Up

Ultimate: Sound Barrier
Lucio not only supports the team defensively but offensively as well.

His movement buff allows the team to quickly retreat or chase down enemies, depending on the situation.

Lucio’s wall run is the pinnacle of Overwatch mobility, allowing him to scout enemies, or reposition if needed.
SigmaTankPrimary: Hyperspheres

Secondary: Experimental Barrier

Shift: Kinetic Grasp

E-ability: Accretion

Ultimate: Gravitic Flux
The newest addition to the roster gets the spotlight on him.

Sigma is a great tank, but surprisingly also a good DPS hero. He has offense and defense balanced, so that’s a plus for any team.

Sigma’s downside is his high skill cap. It would take a very good player to bring out Sigma’s full potential in matches.
HanzoAttackerPrimary: Storm Bow

Shift: Sonic Arrow

E-ability: Storm Arrows

Ultimate: Dragonstrike

Passive: Wall Climb

Passive: Lunge (Double Jump)
Hanzo is a versatile hero. He has excellent mobility, good damage, and is very rewarding for players who master him.

Hanzo also excels in scouting areas because of his sonic arrows.
RoadhogTankPrimary: Scrap Gun

Secondary: Scrap Gun Ball

Shift: Take a Breather

E-ability: Chain Hook

Ultimate: Whole Hog
There’s a high chance that the first tank you’ve played as was Roadhog. He’s just that much fun to play.

He also excels in team fights because of his massive health pool and regen ability.

His skillset gives him good damage, as long as the player uses good positioning.
EchoAttackerPassive: Glide

Primary: Tri-shot

Secondary: Sticky Bombs

Shift: Flight

E-ability: Focusing Beam

Ultimate: Duplicate
Echo has a very low pick rate, but maybe because not that many are accustomed to her yet (she was only added in Season 21).

What you can’t deny is Echo’s amazing damage potential and mobility. “Duplicate” is also one of the best skills in the game if the user masters it.

B-Tier

Overwatch Tier List Tier B

These are good heroes that will do fine in conjunction with S and A-tiers or other heroes in the same tier.

They have acceptable pick/win rates so they don’t fall off the competitive meta.

HeroRoleAbilitiesDescription
WidowmakerAttackerPrimary: Widow’s Kiss

Secondary: Widow’s Sniper

Shift: Grappling Hook

E-ability: Venom Mine

Ultimate: Infra Sight
As the game’s premiere sniper, Widowmaker is very tough to master but is still effective at dealing damage to opponents.

She has a very high skill cap because you have to consider positioning your grappling hook and aiming while the fight’s going on.
DoomfistAttackerPrimary: Hand Cannon

Secondary: Rocket Punch

Shift: Rising Uppercut

E-ability: Seismic Slam

Ultimate: Meteor Strike

Passive: The Best Defense…
Not many players use Doomfist, but he still wins more than half of his matches. A skilled player will be able to utilize his Rocket Punch for instantly killing opponents, and his other abilities to quickly engage/disengage with enemies.
D.VaTankPrimary (Mech): Fusion Cannons

Primary (Human): Light Gun

Shift: Boosters

E-ability: Defense Matrix

R-ability: Micro Missiles

Ultimate (Mech): Self Destruct

Ultimate (Human): Call Mech
There’s a lot of stuff going on when you control D.Va. She has two forms, different abilities for each, and several playstyles to utilize her.

When it comes down to it, D.Va is a solid tank whose Defense Matrix can save the whole team in a crucial fight.
AsheAttackerPrimary: The Viper

Secondary: Coach Gun

E-ability: Dynamite

Ultimate: B.O.B
Ashe is a true nuker if there ever was one. She can deal massive damage to enemies in a short time, which makes her valuable in team fights.

The downside to all this offense is Ashe’s poor mobility. An opposing team can render Ashe useless if they focus on her at the start of fights.
JunkratAttackerPrimary: Frag Launcher

Shift: Concussion Mine

Secondary: Detonate Mine

E-ability: Steel Trap

Ultimate: RIP-Tire

Passive: Total Mayhem
Junkrat has a slew of AoE attacks that can pester an enemy team on any encounter. These attacks aren’t as strong as other heroes’, but they’re great for harassing enemies.

Junkrat can also come up in the clutch because he drops live grenades whenever he’s killed.

C-Tier

Overwatch Tier List Tier C

These average heroes will find success if the team composition is right and the player is experienced using them.

They have no traits that immediately stand out, but they have no glaring flaws either. You can try using a bunch of C-tiers in your next match, but it will probably take some time before you start seeing winning streaks.

HeroRoleAbilitiesDescription
OrisaTankPrimary: Fusion Driver

Secondary: Halt!

Shift: Fortify

E-ability: Projective Barrier

Ultimate: Supercharger
Orisa is seen as a “complementary tank” who pairs well with other tanks in the upper tiers.

She has decent damage at range and is not susceptible to high damage because of “Fortify”.
BaptisteSupportPassive: EXO Boots

Primary: Biotic Launcher

Secondary: Regenerative Grenades

Shift: Regenerative Burst

E-ability: Immortality Field

Ultimate: Amplification Matrix
Baptiste has a lower win rate compared to other heroes in this tier, but it’s likely because of how difficult he is to master.

He should be utilized in the back lines, preventing your team from dying while taking potshots at open opponents.
Soldier 76AttackerPrimary: Heavy Pulse Rifle

Secondary: Helix Rockets

Shift: Sprint

E-ability: Biotic Field

Ultimate: Tactical Visor
Soldier 76 is a true all-rounder. His move set is basic, so it’s easy for beginners to play him effectively. He also as good damage because his primary attack has less recoil compared to other heroes.

He can use “Sprint” to move in and out of battles quickly, and his AoE healing can come in clutch when timed correctly.

Trying to be a jack-of-all-trades hero, Soldier 76 ends up becoming an average one in all facets instead.
BrigitteSupportPrimary: Rocket Flail

Secondary: Barrier Shield

Secondary: Shield Bash

Shift: Whip Shot

E-ability: Repair Pack

Ultimate: Rally

Passive: Inspire
Brigitte could have been placed lower in this list if it weren’t for her hybrid capabilities as a tank/support hero.

Her ultimate is her best selling point, proving very effective in team fights, especially when you have other tanks in your team.

D-Tier

Overwatch Tier List Tier D

These heroes have a niche use case.

Their skills still have some form of utility, but there are simply better choices out there for any given role.

HeroRoleAbilitiesDescription
PharahAttackerPrimary: Rocket Launcher

Shift: Jump Jet

E-ability: Concussive Blast

Ultimate: Barrage

Passive: Hover
Pharah’s skillset is basic enough for beginners to understand, but that’s it. She doesn’t excel past a certain point, and her accuracy with her rockets is heavily-dependent on player skill.
ReaperAttackerPrimary: Hellfire Shotguns

Shift: Wraith Form

E-ability: Shadow Step

Ultimate: Death Blossom

Passive: The Reaping
Wielding two shotguns in hand, Reaper’s arsenal revolves around close combat. He can put decent damage in, but his defense and health are so low that he doesn’t last that long in fights anyway. His lifesteal passive is a welcome skill, but it’s not enough given how much damage opponents can dish out to him.
MeiAttackerPrimary: Endothermic Blaster

Secondary: Endothermic Icicle

Shift: Cryo-Freeze

E-ability: Ice Wall

Ultimate: Blizzard
Mei is good for pestering enemies with her de-buffs and ice wall. Damage-wise she’s only fair, and she has a high skill cap to master. If you’re planning to main Mei, make sure you’re in it for the long haul.
Wrecking BallTankPrimary: Quad Cannons

Secondary: Grappling Claw

Shift: Roll

Ctrl-ability: Piledriver

E-ability: Adaptive Shield

Ultimate: Minefield

Passive: Inspire
Wrecking ball just plays differently than any other Overwatch hero.

It’s the ultimate flex if you manage to pull off stylish plays with him, but to do that consistently, you’ll have to put up with several hours of practice to master his skillset.
TracerAttackerPrimary: Pulse Pistols

Shift: Blink

E-ability: Recall

Ultimate: Pulse Bomb
Overwatch’s poster child needs a serious buff.

There was a time when Tracer dominated the battlefield with her quickness and fast shooting, but that’s all in the past. Now she has more utility as a harasser than a nuker. This is a big factor in competitive play because the best attackers can usually finish off opponents on their own.

F-Tier

Overwatch Tier List Tier F

These heroes have completely fallen off the meta and are now only good for experimental matches in Quick Play.

If you love these heroes, then use them. Just don’t expect everyone else to be doing the same thing in the competitive scene.

HeroRoleAbilitiesDescription
TorbjornAttackerPrimary: Rivet Gun

Secondary: Rivet Blast

Shift: Build Turret

E-ability: Overload

Ultimate: Molten Core

Passive: Scrap Collector
A lot of players hate going up against Torbjorn not because he’s overpowered; rather, they hate his playstyle which revolves around camping one spot.

From a team standpoint, Torbjorn also isn’t very useful in battles because most of the time he is too far away.
SymmetraAttackerPrimary: Photon Projector

Secondary: Energy Ball

Shift: Sentry Turret

E-ability: Teleporter

Ultimate: Photon Barrier
Symmetra can only be used effectively by a handful of people, evidenced by her extremely low pick rate.

Even with her character overhaul, she still lacks the mobility to position herself well in team fights.

She can be a nuisance to tanks, though, but she dies quickly that sometimes she doesn’t even have a chance to pull that off.
BastionAttackerPrimary: Configuration: Recon

Secondary: Configuration: Sentry

Shift: Reconfigure

E-ability: Self-repair

Ultimate: Configuration: Tank
Bastion’s damage output is easily his best quality. Hitting those shots without getting killed is a different story, however.

Bastion requires a lot of skill to master because of his constant reconfiguring. Because of flaws in other areas, you’ll wonder if it’s worth all that time practicing him.
SombraAttackerPrimary: Machine Pistol

Secondary: Hack

Shift: Thermoptic Camo

E-ability: Translocator

Ultimate: EMP
To make Sombra shine, your team has to have excellent communication and coordination. This is rarely the case when fights go down and chaos ensues in fights.

Sombra doesn’t do well when she has to “react” to different situations in matches.
WinstonTankPrimary: Tesla Cannon

Shift: Jump Pack

E-ability: Shield Projector

Ultimate: Primal Rage
The current meta centers around beefy tanks and mobile supports to win team fights. Winston just doesn’t have any place in all that. The argument persists that you’d be better off playing Reinhardt instead because he’s a much better version of him.
ZenyattaSupportPrimary: Orb of Destruction

Secondary: Charged Orbs

Shift: Orb of Harmony

E-ability: Orb of Discord

Ultimate: Transcendence
Zenyatta is marketed as a support hero that can hold his own in battle. This is far from what he is which is an easy-to-kill hero with average support and damage capabilities.

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