Sombra has been officially unveiled and she's sure to shake things up. A meta dominated by Zarya, Lucio, Reinhardt and Ana has become quite stale to watch. It’s about time we get the counter Overwatch deserves.
The latest patch introduced Ana, the support sniper, and included major buffs to Zenyatta. Overwatch has undergone a transformation; gone is the static support meta of repetitive Mercy and Lucio to make way for four viable supports - and even all five on defence. There was much talk before this patch about the possibility of a triple support composition, but how viable is it in reality?
The patch hit less than a week ago, so if you’re not familiar with the changes then check out our article to get to grips with the differences. Top teams have had some time to experiment with Ana, Zen, and a variety of different team compositions in their scrims and matches. I spoke to a range of support players from the best teams in the world to see what they were trying and how they were adapting!
The first major patch post Overwatch release has had some significant effects on multiple heroes. We have analyzed data taken from three million competitive games with an average skill rating of 60. It’s important to understand how the patch has effected key heroes. D. Va and Zenyatta have been the biggest winners with key stat increases as well as boosts in win rates. Soldier: 76 and Mercy have been the biggest losers as result of the nerfs they received. Interestingly enough McCree wasn’t as overpowered as everyone perceived with a sub 50% win rate.
Blizzard has just announced a new patch live on PC with changes to both Ana and McCree.
We've created a graph of the hero pick rates from the past weekends tournaments. Each hero is listed with the total playtime in minutes that they were used in the tournaments. From this data we can create tier lists.
S Tier: McCree, Zenyatta, Lucio
A Tier: Genji, D.Va, Reinhardt, Zarya
B Tier: Winston
C Tier: Reaper, Mercy, Roadhog, Tracer, Soldier: 76
F Tier: Junkrat, Ana, Torbjorn, Pharah, Widowmaker, Mei, Bastion, Hanzo, Symmetra
The current Skill Rating system in Competitive Overwatch significantly favors damage dealers and tanks over their healing counterparts.
New patches always create big splashes in the meta. With the introduction of a new hero, three hero reworks, self-healing charging ults, numerous balance changes and the tweaking of overtime we strongly feel that this patch is going to create a seismic shift in the meta.
In an effort to address how people could get hit when hidden behind corners, Blizzard has massively nerfed the projectile hitbox size. The biggest change this patch wasn’t even mentioned in the patch notes.
Ana, Overwatch’s newest hero joins the fray! She’s a support type hero that packs a lot of tricks up her sleeve. We examine her kit and abilities as well as showcase a gameplay video.
Mercy's ult charge time will take longer to charge. She can now ult while moving to increase survivability and right click will be buffed. Is this a nerf or a buff?! It's still early to tell.
Zenyatta has received a huge buff! Tier S meta pick here we come. Read below for details.
D.Va buffed a bit but she still seems like a lame duck.
Blizzard has announced one hero limit for competitive play!!
We’ve all faced sudden death cheese. The gate opens and 5 Winston's instantly jump on the objective. Two minutes later and the game has been won - you didn’t even have enough time to react. This is why it’s crucial to be prepared for all sudden death tactics.
News has broken about an upcoming hero that Blizzard are teasing; a sniper-healer hybrid named Sombra. Not much is currently known about Overwatch's newest character.
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A la Portal - A new idea has been brought forth to make a vision in Symmetra's portal of it's current location.
When it comes to tanks, Roadhog has always been a solid choice for players that want to play a more aggressive hero that can soak up damage. Despite how fun he is to play, he was conspicuously absent from most pro games during the first few weeks of Overwatch's launch.