The Best DPI & Sensitivity for Overwatch

By |2017-12-28T21:13:01+00:00December 5th, 2017|Categories: E-Sports|

Overwatch players will have noticed that as they can change their Controls Options overall, they can change the settings hero by hero. This is an amazing feature because not all heroes require the same crosshairs.

If you are a regular player, you surely have thought about it, too. Lucio won’t need the same crosshair as McCree, or Mercy, or Doomfist. Well, that’s the beauty of this kind of customization.

I’m going to briefly talk about the sensitivity (mouse and controller), the reticle and how they can be used differently for the Best Overwatch Crosshair settings for every hero.

Related Article: Overwatch Beginners Guide 2: Defense Heroes

Best DPI & Sensitivity Setting

The more sensitivity, the camera moves faster. However, pros like Ryujehong (Ana) and Roolf (Zenyatta) have shown us that low sensitivities are great for precision. They have trained their hand muscles to move along with their eyes, aiming almost perfectly to kill their targets.

The average sensitivity used by Overwatch’s PROs is 4000 as an effective DPI, which is the mouse’s dpi multiplied by the game’s sensitivity. For example, 800 dpi multiplied by 5 (game’s sensitivity) equals 4000 effective dpi.


Type: you can choose from default, circle, crosshairs, a circle with crosshairs and dot. The default reticle may change from hero to hero depending on the hero’s needs.

Accuracy: the reticles can show the range of accuracy. There are some heroes whose accuracy is changed by the more they shoot, like Soldier: 76, Sombra, and Tracer. The more the reticle moves away from the center, the more inaccurate it is. That’s the accuracy range.

Color: I always prefer bright colors because that way I can always see it, the reticle is not going to blend with the background.

Best Crosshairs for Each Hero

Ana, McCree, Genji, Widowmaker, and Zenyatta

Reticle type: dot size 8 with opacity 80.

Players need to be extremely precise with these heroes, making the dot really comfortable and accurate as a reticle.

Bastion, D.Va, Doomfist, Junkrat, Lucio, Mercy, Pharah, Reinhardt, Roadhog, Torbjörn, Zarya, and Winston

Reticle type: Default.

The above heroes have great original reticles. If you see, they are mainly tanks, healers and strategist heroes. With Junkrat you need to figure out a way to hit the target using angles. With Mercy, you’re not supposed to be shooting people (although you can do it). I’m sure you’re getting what I’m trying to say here.

Orisa, Tracer, Sombra, and Reaper

Reticle type: circle with a dot in the middle. Show accuracy off. Center gap between 30 and 35, dot size 4. A smaller circle guarantees you a better aiming because these heroes have a spread and you don’t want to get confused by the larger circle. With a larger circle and the accuracy on, you can get distracted and think you’re hitting more than you’re actually hitting.

Also, it’s sometimes better to aim at the neck of the target, that way you won’t lose bullets over the heads. With Reaper, I prefer the circle with dot and center gap 45, dot size 4. The circle is smaller than the default one, and I prefer this one because of the same reasons explained above.

  • Hanzo: most players argue about the best reticle for Hanzo. I personally, prefer the default. Nevertheless, there are some who say it’s best to use a dot or a tiny crosshair.
  • Mei: the reticle type is Crosshair, length 8, center gap 6. However, the original crosshair is also acceptable. Although her gameplay is a lot of freezing people and building walls, she has to be precise with these icicles.
  • Moira: the reticle type is Circle, center gap 75. This is the exact length where she does damage with her primary weapon. If you can notice, the longitude between the center of the circle and the edge of the circle is all damage. If it’s always touching the circle or inside it even by a little, the target is taking damage.
  • Soldier: 76: the reticle type if Crosshair, show accuracy on, thickness 1, crosshair length 12, opacity 80, dot size 2. This is a smaller version of the standard default. You will surely notice that your aim gets better with this one.

Find Your Best Sensitivity

Start by optimizing your sensitivity. For this, you can set it low and then aim to the bots’ heads (an object, a specific place, a tiny object, etc.) while positioning yourself as far as 30 meters from the target inside the practice range.

Move horizontally (around the object or bot) trying to always keep the distance and the reticle in the target’s head without the reticle losing aim or control. If you can’t do this, change your sensitivity to a lower or higher number and try again.

If you can effectively walk around the point while aiming and not losing control, then you may have a correct a comfortable sensitivity for you.

How Do I Calculate My Effective DPI?

With more Mouse DPI, the less sensitivity you’ll need. The formula is: DPI x Sensitivity = Effective DPI

Since the DPI inherent to the mouse and the sensitivity inherent to the game, the combination of these two is what gives us the effective DPI (or eDPI). The thing that matters is not sensitivity by itself or mouse DPI, but the result of the multiplication.

What the PROs Do

  • Surefour: a Canadian player from Cloud9 that got the best hero stats with Tracer in the last World Championship. His eDPI is 5,400.
  • ShaDowBurn: from the cold lands of Russia and playing for Philadelphia Fusion, he mains Genji and is one of the best. His eDPI is 10,000.
  • Ryujehong: from Seoul Dynasty he’s one of the best Anas in the world, his eDPI is 1,856.
  • Taimou: from Finland and playing for Dallas Fuel, he usually plays DPS heroes like McCree and Widowmaker who are basically two hitscan His eDPI is 4,000.
  • Cocco: also playing for Dallas Fuel, he’s a main tank and his eDPI is 6,400.
  • Adam: one of the best Lucios in North America, he also plays Mercy a lot and his eDPI is 4,800.
  • Miro: a Korean pro, he’s one of the tanks in his team Seoul Dynasty. He’s a great Reinhardt and Winston and his eDPI is 10,400.

As we have seen, the eDPI goes from as low as 1,858 to as high as 10,000. I’m sure every one of them plays with what’s more comfortable to their own likening. As a conclusion I would say tanks prefer higher eDPI and snipers a lower one. Tanks like Reinhardt and Winston choose higher sensitivities to swing quicker, taking advantage of the unnecessary aiming.

The real trick is definitely to feel comfortable and of course, to practice a lot!

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