The next competitive Season for Overwatch will start this week, which means everyone’s bringing their A-game in the Southeast Asia region to hit that sweet Master/Grandmaster emblem. With so many heroes in Overwatch, it’s tough to pick which ones to main and which ones to use as pocket characters.
We’re here to help with this guide on which character you should lean towards in the upcoming Season.
But remember: this guide isn’t a be-all-end-all manual. These are the predicted picks we have accumulated from our in-house writers and freelancers who have played Competitive on a frequent basis.
Yes, we’re keeping in mind that the current matchmaking system leans towards the “team deathmatch” frag-heavy side of things. And yes, we’ll definitely revisit this list after we’ve had some time to play with the newcomer, Moira.
Basically the star of the current meta: every team composition is built to synergize with her, or counter her until there’s nothing left to Resurrect. There are a TON of ranged heroes who should be getting Mercy’s Damage Amp from the get-go.
Brawler tanks like Roadhog and Winston benefit greatly from Mercy’s new Resurrect (then again, all Tanks do).
Blizzard has nerfed her Resurrect recently. Despite this, Mercy users are going to kill it if they play well with their team; they just have to be a little careful and not be out in the open when reviving their teammates.
The next support on the Best list is the one who can head-shot from afar and use Discord Orbs/Harmony Orbs like a boss to harm/heal. Only the best dives and fastest DPSers can chase down a good Zenyatta who knows where to position himself on the map.
You can thank guys like Je-hong “Ryujehong” Ryu for this current shift in the meta.
He’s the best guy to boop backline-harassing Genjis and escaping from situations like chokepoints, tight defense points and bad positioning on your team’s end.
He may not be a popular pick as a support compared to the two above, but if the enemy team does not have a Lucio, it means that you have the speed advantage when diving. This is useful if you also have one or two tanks like Reinhardt who can benefit greatly from this. Nothing can be as scary as a blazing-fast Reinhardt charging and hammering away with no option to escape.
She’s relegated to “low tier” now thanks to Mercy 2.0 hogging the spotlight, though the latest patch may change that up in the next few weeks. That said, her Biotic grenades and offensive anti-heal playstyle is still useful in a dive comp team.
Shutting down an opponent’s self-healing tank or speedy DPS has its merits.
You also cannot count out her Nano-boost Ultimate. If you synergize with your team well and plan things out (ie: wait for Genji’s Dragonblade once you’re on a contesting point), the rewards are great and solves the Mercy problem with a simple solution: get kills fast before she can resurrect again.
Just remember that you have one shot at this. No pressure, right? Again, if you want a clear exhibition of Ana done right, look no further than Ryujehong again.
Quick note: Tanks that have mid-fight skills that get kills quicker than Mercy can Resurrect are beneficial for any composition right now.
Minimalist shielding; just attack. Same, but with self-healing and a hook. Roadhog can counter Mercy 2.0 pretty well, either by hooking her or her resurrected target for a good chunk of damage.
Based on the recent APEX picks, Roadhog is the current king of the tank meta for now since he can take it and dish it out. With crowd control, self-heal, and range, he currently has no weak matchups in the hands of a very skilled player.
Okay, maybe against a Reaper player who is clever and fast enough to farm Ultimate charge off of him (lots of HP that he can regenerate back, remember), but his Death Blossom can be interrupted with a well-timed hook.
Minimalistic shielding; just attack. Same as Roadhog, but with no hook and hitscan/burst skills though. That is very useful against a Valkyrie’d Mercy since she flies away from almost every hero’s range.
The value in D.Va is her disruption and area denial from her Rockets and Self-Destruct. Defense Matrix’s duration might have been nerfed but it is still an integral part of her kit and can eat Graviton Surge, Blizzard, Rocket Barrage, Death Blossom, etc if timed correctly. It may seem less obvious, but a good D.Va can offer more protection than a Zarya.
Note: if you include her and Roadhog together in your team, that means that you’re going the frag-heavy offense route, which can be countered with a Zarya/Reinhardt combo.
Zarya + Reinhardt
While not as brawl-heavy as Roadhog, having both these tanks is useful if you’re planning on playing smart. Graviton Surge + Earthshatter Ultimate can lead to an enemy team wipe if coordinated well.
Played on single-choke point maps on defense, Orisa can lead to frustration for the enemy team as they break down her barrier only to see it get placed back up.
However, Orisa is a very specific pick and you should only play her if you are on Single-Choke point maps like Hanamura and have a coordinated team to make full use of her Barriers.
Quick note: More kills and skills that increases kills = good. DPS heroes with good Ultimate wipeout/kill value are crucial in this meta, like McCree’s High Noon, Tracer’s Pulse Bomb, or Reaper’s Death Blossom. Mercy’s Valkyrie may be powerful, but it is not that powerful against stacked Ultimates. Having said that, there is one top choice you should consider…
You knew this was coming, right? With two concussion mines in tow and a LOT of ways to keep people away and damage them from afar, Junkrat is the go-to psychopath for your DPSing needs.
Sure, he’s not going to top Soldier 76’s positioning & maneuverability options and Pharah’s Jumpjet in the movement department. But if you play the zoning game well, it doesn’t really matter where you’re standing as long as you’re hitting & fragging a hero or three.
This is a risky pick, but it can pay off if co-ordinated right and only if you have a shield tank like Orisa & Reinhardt. While his turret and defensive gameplay is useful in blind spots and choke points, terrible positioning can make a Torbjorn team go down. Fast.
Use this Torbjorn turret guide from YouTube channel YourOverwatch as a good starting point; you’ll hear “snowball” a lot. Even so, this is still a risky pick.