Hero Tier and Meta Report: OWL Stage 4 Week 1
S Tier (≥95% Usage Rate): No one!
Tier 1 (≥80% Usage Rate): Mercy (91.83%), Zenyatta (90.42%)
Tier 2 (≥50% Usage Rate): Widowmaker (69.35%), D.Va (68.73%), Winston (54.01%)
Tier 3 (≥20% Usage Rate): Tracer (40.39%), Reinhardt (37.69%), Zarya (32.65%)
Tier 4 (≥5% Usage Rate): Junkrat (16.70%), Brigitte (16.35%), Pharah (15.96%), Hanzo (11.95%), Genji (10.86%), Ana (8.59%), Orisa (7.46%), McCree (5.26%), Lucio (5.23%)
Tier 5 (<5% Usage Rate): Sombra (4.14%), Soldier: 76 (3.22%), Roadhog (2.63%), Doomfist (1.27%), Bastion (0.47%), Mei (0.19%), Moira (0.14%), Symmetra (0.005%), Reaper (0%), Torbjorn (0%)
“RALLY TO ME!”
This week was the first week Brigitte was available in the Overwatch League, and she definitely tinkered with the meta. While not around nearly as much as the fearmongers suspected, she made an appearance about as much as both Junkrat and Pharah did, unless you were the Dallas Fuel. They weren’t in this week’s sample, but according to CaptainPlanet, the Fuel used her 71.4% of their play time, when the next highest teams were at about 32.3%.
One of the most interesting things about seeing Brigitte on the field this week is that the support players didn’t touch her, and instead one of the tanks or DPS players would pick up her shield. This fact shows most dramatically in D.Va’s use, which dropped from S Tier to Tier 2 because often it was the D.Va player who switched to her. Without D.Va around, teams went back to playing Zarya a lot more, and pairing her with Reinhardt. No Defensive Matrix means Zarya’s Graviton Surge can land more, and we saw a lot of that last week.
Due to her how Brigitte’s healing works, it’s unlikely in this meta that you’ll see her at higher levels without two other supports to back her up. She doesn’t have the output needed to pair only with Zenyatta, so Mercy comes in to fill the gap and helps to keep her up since she’s also on the front lines.
Take a breather, brother.
One of the other interesting takes from last week’s play? For the first time for as long as I can remember, Hanzo saw more playtime than Genji. This isn’t even the reworked Hanzo who has no Scatter Arrow or Lunge ability, this is the older version.
Were pros preparing to be play the reworked version and practicing him a lot? That may have a small part in it, but Hanzo is surprisingly good on maps where the enemy team has a Reinhardt and there are a lot of flanking routes, as he can quickly get to places where Reinhardt can’t protect with his shield, at least not without turning around and putting more allies at risk. Also, without D.Va around to eat his arrows as much, teams took the opportunity and ran with it.
This coming week should be interesting to see now know what the others are capable of with the Swedish hero, and to see how other teams deal with weaknesses in the enemy when they use her.
Until next time,
Cover photo credit: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment