Many people who compete in Overwatch have noticed that there are some heroes that are a little more popular than others. It seems like some people can’t go a single match without seeing Hanzo, Mercy, Reinhardt, Symmetra, Lucio, or D.Va among some other popular characters. But Omnic Media has found in an analysis of Overwatch players in September that there is an increasing diversity in the variety of heroes that people are playing as.
The report found that the most popular heroes by playing level have a few consistencies, but there is a decent amount of variables involved. But it appears that Reinhardt is the most prominent hero on the list, as he is popular among all playing classes, not to mention in classes where competitive esports events entail.
According to the Omnic Media report, Reinhardt is the top hero in the Silver to Diamond classes and second in the Bronze, Master, and Grandmaster classes. His powerful shield appears to be a major factor in what makes him a hit. This comes as he does not necessarily have to attack as many players.
Ana was listed as the top player in the Master and Grandmaster classes. She was also second in the Platinum and Diamond classes.
Mercy, Moira, D.Va, and Lucio are all ranked well throughout the listings. D.Va particularly tops the Bronze class and is second in the Silver class.
The bottom parts of the top ten in each class show different trends in each grouping. Pharah and Soldier 76 are both in the top ten in the Bronze class, but 76 is nowhere to be found in the other listings, a suggestion that he is better suited towards newer players. Junkrat also appears prominently in the lower classes but not in the higher ones. The consideration that his shots tend to spread well may be a factor, what with him being easier for newer players to use.
As players move up in the ranks, more technical heroes appear to be popular, including many who are mainstays in major esports events. Zenyatta and Genji have become noteworthy figures in the later rounds, with Genji being fourth in the Master class.
Zarya is also popular in the later classes. She is third in the Master level and fifth in the Grandmaster level. Tracer is also an outlier as she is ninth in the Grandmaster class but is not in the top ten anywhere else. Winston also shows up later with him being in sixth in the Grandmaster level.
The main discovery in Omnic Media’s report is that the higher levels of competition have more support and tank heroes. Genji and Tracer are the only two non-support or tank heroes in the Grandmaster class, and they are both near the bottom.
An additional finding states that more than half of all Overwatch players are either a main or one-trick player. A main player uses a certain hero at least 50 percent of the time. A one-trick player uses that single hero at least 80 percent of the time.