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With the Overwatch 2 beta opening up to more players on Wednesday through Twitch Drops, some might wonder how their favorites stack up against the competition. To help, here are the top five and bottom five heroes in Overwatch 2.
Of course, don’t take these ratings to heart as each hero within Overwatch 2 is playable and fun. This list is just a quick rundown, as of April 27, of which heroes are good and bad within the beta. All of this is subject to change as the development team makes additional changes.
The top five heroes in the Overwatch 2 beta
To start, let’s focus on the top five heroes in the beta. These are the characters you can lean on if winning is more important than just having a good time.
In Overwatch 2, the new support role passive gives these heroes health regeneration. This has made some supports really hard to kill.
Lucio, with his healing boost, small frame and mobility, certainly falls under this category. His kit remains largely the same aside from his ultimate generation, but that passive alone puts him into the number one spot for the beta.
Out of all the DPS options in the game, fans probably expected the new hero Sojourn to earn best of show in the beta. However, with the 5v5 change putting an emphasis on DPS players, Soldier: 76 has spiked to the top of the role. With his self-heal, consistent damage with his regular fire and good burst damage with his rockets, he is (finally) very strong.
In a similar vein to Lucio, the new health regeneration for supports has made Moira even harder to kill than before. Moira’s mobility isn’t as good as Lucio’s, but she can dish way more healing and damage than Lucio can. While easier to kill when focused, Moira is one of the best heroes in the beta.
As for the second-best DPS in the game, Genji has climbed back into top form in the Overwatch 2 beta. Picking Genji alone puts you in a position to harass and kill enemy DPS or supports much easier than before, thanks to the removal of most stuns in the game. This ability is even magnified when an Ana sends a Nano Boost your way, which probably puts him into “best DPS in the beta” territory.
As for tanks, most of them are relatively balanced. Out of all of them, though, Doomfist has already made his mark as one of the best thanks to his changes. In many ways, he plays like a Winston who can punch people. That comes in handy often in the beta. The ability to tank damage, dish it back and get away makes Doomfist incredibly useful.
The bottom five heroes in the Overwatch 2 beta
As for the bottom five heroes in the beta, one key theme is a lack of changes for 5v5. Others might just have other heroes do their job but better, but these are the worst five heroes right now. This time, we’ll start from the fifth-worst and end with the worst.
To start, Widowmaker is still a hero that can succeed when hitting headshots. However, with the increased pace of the game, that’s much harder to do than before. Due to that alone, the game leans toward DPS heroes like Tracer, Genji or Soldier more, leaving Widowmaker at the bottom.
Brigitte’s introduction back in the day was meant to give players an option to counter the very prevalent dive meta at the time with her Shield Bash stun. Now, in Overwatch 2, Brigitte is essentially a brawl support — but the healing she dishes out is pretty minimal in comparison to the rest. Without any changes to give her a new identity, she has fallen down the hero rankings.
In a similar situation to Widowmaker, Ashe’s kit doesn’t lend itself to the style of gameplay that Overwatch 2 creates. The only change she has from the original Overwatch is a nerf to B.O.B’s health. Due to that, much like Widowmaker, other DPS heroes just outclass her on almost every map.
Now, while Symmetra still brings something unique to Overwatch 2, the 5v5 change means her teleport just doesn’t offer the same advantages as it once did. Holding specific chokes still remains a strength, but everything else about her kit got worse.
To round it out, Wrecking Ball is the worst hero in Overwatch 2’s beta by a long shot. With only one tank per team, choosing Wrecking Ball guarantees you can hardly protect your team. While an off-tank could still help your team in the original Overwatch while you go off and do hamster things, that doesn’t exist anymore. The aggressiveness Wrecking Ball offers does not make up for the lack of protection her provides. Even with slight buffs from the original Overwatch, he doesn’t play well in the beta, to put it mildly.
Polish-Canadian game enthusiast. I've been entrenched in gaming for as long as I can remember, with my first game being Pokemon Yellow and my most played games being Borderlands 2 and Overwatch. I have a degree in Film Studies, but writing about esports just makes my job all the better.