The Best Overwatch Team Comp for Season 7

By | January 3rd, 2018 | Categories: E-Sports

In this article, I’m going to talk about the Best Overwatch Team Comp that dominates the metagame (or the best way to win). The following information is used to explain the impact each hero has on team composition on each competitive tier. The pick rate is the frequency of chosen heroes. Below we see that Mercy’s pick rate exceeds the others because she’s the most picked hero of the game.

Picking a hero doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be good for the team composition or that it will succeed with a victory. That’s where the win rate comes in handy: the heroes’ frequency of victories.

And the new hero entered the meta just fine: since Moira was released, she has been used close to 40% of the competitive games in Bronze, Silver, and Gold. She was used 34% with Platinum, Diamond, and Master. In Grandmaster, it was used less than 23%. This means Moira has been a powerful hero since she came in and her winning rate is pretty decent, too.

Note: The heroes are listed from most used to less used and this article is for Overwatch Season 7.

Grandmaster Tier

In Grandmaster, the most used heroes are (pick rate):

  • +50%: Mercy (58%)
  • 50-30%: D.Va, Tracer, Genji, Soldier:76, Winston, Zenyatta, Zarya, Roadhog, McCree.
  • 30-20%: Reinhardt, Lucio, Ana, Junkrat, Moira.
  • 17%: Widowmaker.

In Grandmaster, the highest heroes’ win rates are: 56.2% D.Va, 56.0% Soldier:76, 54.9% Zenyatta, 54.2% Mercy, and 53.9% Winston.

Teams prefer D.Va and Winston as tanks, Mercy, and Zenyatta as healers and the most reliable DPS shows as Soldier:76. The win rates of this tier are formidable as expected from the highest tier of the competitive play.

Widowmaker is the only hero that is picked less than 15% in all other tiers but in here she surpasses that, it only shows that heroes are somewhat skilled dependent for them to be at a higher level when it comes to competitive matches.

Master Tier

In Master, the most used heroes are (pick rate):

  • +50%: Mercy (68%)
  • 50-30%: Zarya, Ana, D.Va, Winston, Reinhardt, Moira, Roadhog, Genji, McCree, Zenyatta.
  • 30-20%: Soldier:76, Lucio, Tracer, Junkrat.

In Master, the highest heroes’ win rates are: 54.1% Mercy, 53.1% Zenyatta, 52.8% D.Va, 51.9% Reinhardt, and 51.8% Soldier:76.

We can see that Mercy’s more used than ever in Master tier; Winston keeps going as a frequently used tank but Reinhardt equals him and gets a better win rate. For everything else, the healers top the win rates followed by, Reinhardt and one of the most powerful DPS: Soldier:76.

Mercy is used 10% more than in Grandmaster tier due to the preference players have for using Zenyatta and Ana at the highest competitive level.

Diamond Tier

In Diamond, the most used heroes are (pick rate):

  • +50%: Mercy.
  • 50-30%: Reinhardt, D.Va, Ana, Roadhog, Moira, Zarya, McCree, Soldier: 76, Winston, Genji.
  • 30-20%: Zenyatta, Lucio, Junkrat, Tracer, Pharah.

In Diamond, the highest heroes’ win rates are: 53.9% D.Va, 53.8% Mercy, 53.0% Zenyatta, 52.7% Reinhardt, 51.5% Roadhog.

In this tier, we see that Zenyatta is less used in comparison to Master tier but he still has a great win rate. The top win rates leave no space for a DPS since there are two supports and three tanks now that Roadhog is more used and with a better success rate.

Platinum Tier

In Platinum, the most used heroes are (pick rate):

  • +50%: Mercy.
  • 50-30%: Reinhardt, D.Va, Moira, Ana, Zarya, Soldier: 76
  • 30-20%: Roadhog, McCree, Genji, Junkrat, Zenyatta, Winston, Pharah, Lucio.

In Platinum, the highest heroes’ win rates are: 52.8% Zenyatta, 52.7% Mercy, 52.7% Junkrat, 52.5% D.Va, 52.2% Reinhardt.

Platinum, compared to the tier above, shows that players pick a wider variety of heroes as the pick rates start to drop. Ten heroes were placed between 50-30% on the Diamond tier and we have only six of them on this tier.

We still have the same tanks and the same supports but with a new DPS star: Junkrat, which plays a decisive role on this tier. Even when he’s not picked as much as Soldier:76, he proves to be a good hero getting himself into the meta this time. As we know, Junkrat does crazy amounts of damage and it’s relatively easy to play.

Gold Tier

In Gold, the most used heroes are (pick rate):

  • +50%: Mercy.
  • 50-30%: Reinhardt, D.Va, Moira, Junkrat, Ana.
  • 30-20%: Soldier:76, Lucio, Zarya, Zenyatta.

In Gold, the highest heroes’ win rates are: 51.7% Zenyatta, 51.4% Junkrat, 51.2% Mercy, 51.2% D.Va, 50.6% Reinhardt.

Zenyatta starts being used less and less and this could be thanks to the skill required to play him. People that prefer Mercy choose her to avoid aiming. The same happens with other supports except for Ana (the hardest to play in my opinion).

In this tier, the over-power feature of Mercy’s doesn’t necessarily assure the player is going to be good but the people that still chooseZenyatta in competitive play are sure of their skills and it shows on these winning rates.

Mercy gets picked in more than 60% and the winning rate is 51,2%. Instead, Zenyatta gets chosen 26% of the times (almost a third of Mercy’s pick rate) and he rushes to the first spot of the win rate percentages (51.7%)proving that he’s a great hero if you play him right!

And still, the most successful heroes are the same as the above tier.

Silver Tier

In Silver, the most used heroes are (pick rate):

  • +50%: Mercy (68%).
  • 50-30%: D.Va, Reinhardt, Moira, Junkrat, Lucio.
  • 30-20%: Soldier:76, Pharah, Ana, Zenyatta, Roadhog, Winston, Zarya, Reaper.

In Silver, the highest heroes’ win rates are: 50.4% Junkrat, 50.1% Mercy, 49.4% – D.Va, 49.3% – Reinhardt, 49.1% – Lucio

Pharah is more picked on Silver and Bronze and this could be thanks to the poor ability of the enemy players to counter Pharah efficiently: McCree, Soldier, and Widowmaker on this tier lack the aim to hit an ever-moving and flying mecha.

In Silver tier, we see that even when the win rates start going down thanks to the lower performance of players, Lucio replaces Zenyatta in the top successful heroes with his easy and fun gameplay.

On the other hand, Junkrat proves to be a good hero to get out of the Silver tier.

Bronze Tier

In Bronze, the most used heroes are (pick rate):

  • +50%: Mercy.
  • 50-30%: D.Va, Junkrat, Reinhardt, Moira, Lucio, Soldier:76.
  • 30-20%: Pharah, Zenyatta, Orisa, Symmetra.

In Bronze, the highest heroes’ win rates are: 48.8% Reinhardt, 48.6% Mercy, 47.9% D.Va, 47.9% Junkrat, 47.6% Moira

This is not much of a surprise (if you read until here) but Roadhog, Winston, and Genji are used less than 18% while they’re great assets for the top tier competitive matches, maybe because they’re not the most user-friendly heroes.

Winston is a hero whose player needs to know when to enter and how to enter combat and it requires team coordination or he will die for nothing. Genji and Roadhog are normally more complicated to use and in certain compositions, they are good or not.

Mercy is the most used hero of all tiers and with a high win rate, she’s totally overpowered: easy to use with great abilities. The tanks and DPS stay the same but Moira replaces Lucio and Zenyatta.

Destined to Quick Play Only

The following heroes are good only on some maps:

  • Sombra: Attacking Temple of Anubis, Hanamura, and Hollywood. She’s also good when it comes to the king of the hill maps.
  • Mei: Defending on Hanamura. This is because she can block entrances, dividing the enemy team into two parts.
  • Symmetra: Defending Hanamura on the first point. Over there, she has great spots to put the turrets and flanking the Teleport becomes hard for the enemy because it’s easy to know for Symmetra if someone’s got into the zone.
  • Torbjorn: Only defending and in maps like the first point of Hollywood, the two points of Hanamura, the first point of Numbani, the first point of Volskaya, the two points of Horizon, the first point of Kings Row, and Eichenwalde’s first and last point.
  • Bastion: Attacking Junkertown with an Orisa or Reinhardt. Sometimes it works as the first attack of the match in escort maps. Using Bastion with said heroes is a great option when it comes to the position over the payload. Many of the times, the enemies don’t expect that and it turns out the strategy easily breaks their defense.
  • Doomfist: He’s good at the king of the hill maps but he’s quite difficult to play and his mobility is aggressive and comparable to Genji’s gameplay.

In Conclusion

Changes in the win and pick rates between tiers are normal as some heroes perform better with more experienced players and not with newbies. Yes, I’m talking about heroes like Tracer, Genji, and Ana, which I consider tricky to play as they need a high skill requirement. I mean, Winston is one of the less used heroes on the Bronze tier but he’s still one of the most used in higher tiers and with a really high win rate.

This must be extremely related to the easiness each hero’s use as Bronze players might not be as skilled as the higher tiers’ players. Also, new players want to experiment a bit and try different heroes whilst most skilled players prefer to main just one (even though they can use many more).

Furthermore, there are heroes that are not that good in the preferred team compositions such as Doomfist, Sombra, Bastion or Symmetra. Don’t get me wrong, they are much fun to play but they are only useful in some maps.

The Overwatch meta is all about a harmony between heroes. A good combination of heroes matched with skilled, communicated players is surely a bomb of victories. The numbers are just an example of how powerful heroes are, take it or leave it: there’s a formula for success.

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