[12/11 Update: The December 2019 Tier List Reflecting the Latest Patch Notes is here! Click on this link to check out the updated rankings.]
November has been a big month for the future of Overwatch, in light of the recent announcement of Overwatch 2 at Blizzcon. While most of the announcement has to do with changes coming in the future, it was also announced that maps like Horizon Lunar Colony and Paris will not be in the map rotation for Season 19. These maps’ absence will be taken into consideration when developing the following tiers.
As such, this tier list reflects heroes that are both individually well-kitted and how well they fit within the current meta. With each month, there will be a new tier list released with updates coming throughout the month to reflect patch updates.
Here is the current tier list for November 2019 with changes in rank shown next to each hero from the October 2019 tier list.
Tier 1: Optimal heroes with high win-rates and synergy
- Lucio (+1)
Even after the nerfs came through to Sigma and Co. the double barrier meta still looks like it is largely the way to go. With Reaper staying at the dop, Lucio becomes even more of an asset to a team looking to push the tempo in a match. Alongside him, Moira is the other clear cut choice for a healer in just about any scenario, with her ultimate acting as one of the few ways to cut through all those barriers.
Who knows, maybe double barrier will be gone by the time Overwatch 2 rolls around? Maybe.
Tier 2: Good alternatives to Tier 1 and still viable overall
- Wrecking Ball
- Tracer (+2)
- Bastion (+1)
The biggest mover through the entire tier list is Tracer, with her new buff reducing damage fall off making her a much peskier option. Her included, the entirety of these picks are either strong options alongside the Tier 1 heroes (Bastion, Doomfist, Mei, Symmetra, Ana) or are potential counter picks to double barrier to be potentially played alongside Winston (Wrecking Ball, Tracer, Pharah).
Overall, each of these units can still be extremely effective across all skill tiers, especially if a player is particularly comfortable on one or two of these picks.
Tier 3: Good situational picks but less strong overall
- Zarya (-1)
- Baptiste (-1)
- Roadhog (+1)
- D.Va (-1)
As the title suggests, these are heroes that struggle to keep up with double barrier and/or fail to stack up as a strong counter. This, however, does not mean that all heroes in this section are unplayable. Reinhardt, Zarya and Roadhog are all tanks that can be viable situationally. That is the key.
Baptiste also drops down to this tier due to both Paris and Horizon Lunar Colony being out of the map pool in Season 19, two maps where bunkering down is strong. But, with his buffs coming in Patch 1.42, he may sneak back into relevance.
Otherwise, keep these heroes in mind in niche situations, but don’t rely on them for majority picks.
Tier 4: Difficult to have success in the current meta
- Solider: 76
- Brigitte (-1)
- Torbjorn (-1)
- Genji (-1)
These heroes find themselves mostly at the bottom due to a lack of any balance changes significantly affecting them. Skilled hitscan players can still get use out of heroes like Ashe, Solider: 76 and Widowmaker, however, all of those barriers sure can be tough to shoot around. Overall, be cautious with these picks at most competitive ranks in Season 19.
As a reminder, this tier list is currently operating off of the latest live patch, 1.42. This list will be updated as patches continue to come out throughout the month of October. In the meantime, stay tuned for more news on Overwatch and the OWL here, at The Game Haus.
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