Today is the day. The long wait is finally over. People can now play Overwatch 2.
Yes its true, the Overwach 2 beta has arrived, and people are incredibly excited to get their hands on the new changes. As always with new changes, there comes a brand new tier list. The Overwach 2 beta is ushering in a completely new look to the Overwatch players are familiar with. The game is now 5v5, and features new maps, a new game mode and a new character in Sojourn. It is all looking so amazing for the Overwatch fan base.
Select content creatures and Overwatch League pros have actually had a crack at Overwatch 2 for quite some time now. These players had chance to participate in the alpha environment of the game, and even gave suggestions as to what the developers should tweak before the game moved to the beta release. The Day 1 tier list is a reflection of what pros have seen from their own play, and could easily change once more people get their chance to play Overwatch 2.
Tier 1: Optimal Heroes with High Win Rates and Synergy
Speed is the name of the game in Overwatch 2. With every DPS character gaining a passive speed boost, the game overall just feels faster. Doomfist and D.Va are the two main tanks so far in the beta as they have that double-bonus of mobility and survivability. Dive is truly back to it’s Season 1 potency. Genji, Lucio and Ana are the three key characters at the moment as their ultimate’s are as devastating as ever.
Soldier: 76 is the surprise star in the beta. Without shields, Soldier is able to have free reign over the opposition. Tactical Visor is equally as strong as Dragon Blade, especially paired with Nano. Get ready to see a lot of The Legs in the Overwatch 2 beta.
Tier 2: Good Alternatives to Tier 1 and Still Viable Overall
Sojourn is the newest character in the game, and she is a blast to play. Sliding around the map adds a fun wrinkle to the typical DPS playstyle. The Railgun feels strong, but needing to charge up the full blast can be a pain.
Even with the lack of a complete freeze, Mei is a fine pick in the Overwatch 2 meta. She is tanky and can manipulate the field in a way that slows down the pace of the game. Zarya and Sigma are relatively unchanged, but are good brawlers to pair with the ice DPS hero.
Tier 3: Good Situational Picks but Less Strong Overall
- Wrecking Ball
Bastion is one of the few DPS characters that received a complete overhaul. Even though the new kit is fun, it still needs a bit of a group effort to allow him to take over the game. The Artillery ultimate is extremely powerful in the right situation, and can easily be one of the main highlights players have coming out of the beta.
Widowmaker is another character that finally escaped the Tier 4 prison. Without shields and with access to a wide variety of different vantage points, Widow can deal some serious damage. Ashe joins her as the other sniper in this tier, because they can find success but truly need to hit their shots to bring value.
Tier 4: Difficult to Have Success Within the Current Meta
Orisa is one of the more fun heroes to play at the moment, even if she isn’t the strongest. Orisa’s rework made her a great brawling option, but the speed of the DPS still make her struggle. Having multiple different characters fly around her makes it difficult to find those brawl spots in open areas. The ultimate is a bit tricky to use as well, as it completely stops her in one location.
Winston is unfortunately just a worse version of Doomfist at the moment. The Primal Rage is still great as always, and the long range blast is an amazing addition to his kit – he just dies a bit too easily. As players adjust, Winston may find himself back in the favor of tank players but only time will tell if he can grab his title back.
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