Using Data Analysis to Understand Competitive Overwatch
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February 14, 2018
Overwatch Hero Meta Report: Console (Feb 15, 2018)
With the recent nerfs to Mercy, the support meta on Console has changed quite a bit. But that's not the only change, as shift to Tanks and DPS heroes are also happening. For those players that thought the old Mercy meta was getting stale, now is your time to rejoice - the meta has never been this diverse. As always I
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above infographic presents the top two heroes gaining the most usage
since the last report. D.Va is the hero seeing the biggest bump in play, up +13% usage on average across the tiers. D.Va has quickly climbed to be the most played hero on Console after the Mercy nerfs. Fellow tank Orisa has also come into the tank meta, and went up +7% usage on average. As expected, we see quite a bit of moment in support hero usage. Lucio (+5% average), Moira (+9% average), and Zenyatta (+6% average) all have seen big upticks in play. Honorable mentions are Tracer (+4%), Genji (+4%), and Roadhog (+3%).
Mercy's nerf has caused a big shift in her play. However, her decline is much less on Console than on PC (-16% average vs -43% average). Zarya is also seeing much less play, as competition increased among tanks (D.Va / Orisa / Roadhog). Junkrat has declined -6% at the higher tiers, most likely as a response to his Concussive mine nerf (damage falloff added). We also see a significant decline in Reinhardt (-4% average) and Reaper (-3% average).
Current Hero Meta Trends in Overwatch
above chart breaks down average hero usage by tier, grouped by category
(Offense, Defense, Tank, Support). There currently is a lot of hero diversity at each role (DPS, Tank, Support) - a lot of heroes are viable right now. Barrier compositions with Orisa and Reinhardt continue to grow in popularity, as Junkrat and Roadhog are the heroes being chosen to deal with the spam. Time will tell if the fallout from the Mercy nerfs will affect the meta even more moving forward.
The support meta sees the biggest changes after the Mercy Valkyrie nerf. However, Mercy remains the top played support on Console, followed closely by Moira. Mercy still has the highest consistent healing output in the game right now, and Moira's area-of-effect heals are best suited for tight "deathball" style teams compositions such as triple/quad tanks, which are not that popular (yet). Speaking of Moira, players are finding great success with her, as she boasts some of the best winrates in the game. With Mercy and Moira competing for main healer, Lucio and Zenyatta are growing in popularity to fill the out off-support meta.
The Tank meta continues its shift away from Zarya and to D.Va as the preferred tank. D.Va serves as the true utility tank that can do it all, even after Blizzard shifted her abilities to focus more on DPS. Both Orisa and Reinhardt serve as the main tanks being played right now with a combined 60% usage rate. Orisa has come into the meta recently as players have found her barrier to be a strong ability on maps with payloads or well-defined choke points. The final big meta trend is that we are seeing more Roadhog across the board. Roadhog has great survivability and his weapon is great for clearing barriers, but players are realizing that his hook combo is still very much alive and well. With no Ana or Sombra to remove his strong abilities, Roadhog will likely continue to be a big part of the tank meta for the foreseeable future.
The DPS meta largely remains diverse, with quite a few heroes viable at the moment. Junkrat remains one of the most popular heroes in the game at the lower tiers, with solid winrates even after his Concussive Mine nerf. In general, hero popularity for DPS hasn't changed significantly, though Junkrat (-3%) has lost usage and Genji (+4%) and Tracer (+4%) have gained. Mobile heroes in general seems to be solid picks right now, given the barrier compositions that have been popping up. Aside from those changes, the most popular heroes are Soldier/Junkrat/Genji/Tracer at all tiers, McCree at higher tiers, and Pharah at the lower tiers.
Hero Meta by Competitive Tier
Let's take a deeper look at each
competitive tier, and what heroes make up the current meta. The charts
below rank each hero by category, according to their popularity.