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Ranking the Best Support Heroes in Overwatch’s Latest Patch

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Overwatch’s latest patch (1.43) has just gone live and has shaken up the meta for heroes in each of the three roles, affecting heroes all across the game. For example, at support, heroes like Moira received a nerf to her overall healing. This not only hurts her moving forward, but can also hurt tanks which rely on her consistent healing output to survive in the fray.

Because each change in this patch affects so many different heroes, we have broken down which are currently the best in their role. Hopefully, this more detailed guide of each role can help players better operate in the current meta and win more games. For a more general look at all the heroes in the game, be sure to check out our January 2019 Overwatch Tier List.


The Best Support Hero

Baptiste

In the current patch, not only does Baptiste put out a ton of healing, but he can also dish out more damage per second than Soldier: 76. Pair those two things with his Immortality Field, one of the best abilities in the game, and Baptiste is clearly the top choice in the meta. Not only because of his own kit, but because of the state of the rest of the game as well.

Double barrier still very much exists, with DPS heroes like Mei and Hanzo serving as both ways to break those barriers and provide crowd control for anti-dive defenses. Baptiste helps out considerably on both of those fronts. He can shred through the now flimsier barriers and his Immortality Field is perfect for negating enemy dives or Dragonstrikes.

All in all, if you are queuing as support but you usually play DPS, maybe give Baptiste a spin.


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Other top Supports

Moira
Lucio
Mercy
Zenyatta

The four of these supports are all still strong options either as a duo or, better yet, alongside Baptiste. They are all versatile, able to be played both behind shields and alongside dive tanks, and are all capable of escaping crowd control.

This survivability seems to be the defining factor for support heroes at the moment, separating the good from the mediocre.  With DPS heroes like Mei, Doomfist and Reaper looming in backlines across all ELOs, it’s better to be able to escape than to be left without a raft. The only exception is Zenyatta, who has become a top support through the quicker-breaking barriers and the power of Discord Orbs.


Sub-Optimal Options

Ana
Brigitte

These last two supports have either lacked any form of buff in quite some time or simply struggle to put out solid healing compared to their comparable counterparts. But, each struggles currently in their own unique way.

Brigitte is much less of a frontline healer than she used to be and her armor packs simply can’t carry the bulk of the healing. Ana can’t heal through shields, making her a tough choice over someone like Mercy, Zenyatta or Moira, for example. She also has less damage and mobility than Baptiste, making her tough to advocate for in this meta.

Overall, there are still situations in which each of these supports can be played, this list is simply meant to rank how they fair in the current meta. To learn more about the state of Overwatch’s other roles, check out our tank and DPS rankings.

 

 


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