This page will always show the latest Overwatch tier list for competitive play.  This is NOT a Pro Gaming list.   Pros play with the same team, game in and game out and can coordinate strategies that are simply impossible for a player in ranked play. 

This Overwatch tier list is designed to rank Heroes in terms of their strength in the current meta. Although some Heroes are considered balanced or niche, those that aren't Tier 1 or 2 shouldn't be considered poor. While any match can be won with any Hero, this list is designed to present you with the strong,  solid choices.

If you're seeking a map specific Tier List, jump here: Overwatch Tier List (By Map). Alternatively, you can find our Hero Counters here.


Tier List Descriptors

S Tier - These Heroes are incredibly strong and above the point of balance.

A+ Tier - Heroes that are very strong. These Heroes, without question, are the backbone of any team due to their combination of abilities and utility.

A Tier - Considered “right” in terms of balance, these Heroes remain strong in the right hands and compliment 'most' team compositions.

B+ Tier - Slightly below the point of balance, these Heroes can do well when complimented by other higher Tier Heroes.

B Tier - Heroes that are considered "ok" but ones which require teams to form around them. They're unquestionably niche picks but can sometimes be valuable. 

C Tier - Considered poor: these Heroes have fallen out of the Meta and are seldom picked or seen.


Tier List Movement

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S Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Ana [Guide] Support Hard Her skill ceiling is high, but she is the best tank healer in the game.   
Lucio  [Guide] Support Medium  Providing mobility, passive healing, a knockback and an ultimate ability that's very strong, Lucio is a very  strong pick on all maps.   Speed to the point can win games on its own. 

A+ Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Reinhardt [Guide] Tank Easy His Barrier Field combined with a powerful Ultimate allows for coordinated pushes against any team. Should be picked in almost every match.  Strong on all maps. 
Soldier 76 [Guide] Assault Easy A very useful ultimate and consistent, high damage. Easy to play and powerful. 
Zarya [Guide] Tank Medium Solid projectile damage, an incredible Ultimate and very useful shielding for her and her team.  One of the few heroes capable of carrying a game. 

A Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Orisa [Guide] Tank Medium An "anchor" tank who can boost the team's damage, disrupt and deal above average damage. 
Pharah [Guide] Assault Medium Strong or weak, depending on the composition you are facing. 
Roadhog [Guide]  Tank Medium His Hook is amazing at quickly bursting down single targets and disrupting the enemy team.  His sustain is Godly. A solid choice on any map.  Excellent for getting a "pick" and allowing your team to push. 

B+ Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

D.Va [Guide] Tank Medium  Underperforming after the last set of changes to her kit.  There are almost always better tank choices, but in the right hands can still be a good choice. 
Genji [Guide] Assault Hard High single target damage, mobility and an invaluable deflect. Highly effective in the right hands.  Useless in the wrong hands. 
McCree [Guide] Assault Medium A strong well rounded choice. Can suffer on weak teams. 
Mei [Guide] Defence Hard Can make an impact, but requires a good team surrounding her to contribute.
Mercy [Guide] Support Medium High single target healing while offering a damage boost, she also has an amazing Ultimate to revive her team.
Reaper [Guide] Assault Medium Excellent flanker.  Requires a good team to create time and spacefor him. 
Tracer [Guide] Assault Hard Perhaps the most annoying Hero to play against, but requires help to be successful. High skill ceiling.
Winston [Guide] Tank Easy A powerful leap, but has low damage and is easily killed by many heroes. Effective
against squishy "glass cannon" heroes.
Zenyatta [Guide] Support Medium Jack of all trades provides much versatility. A well balanced pick and strong currently.

B Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Bastion [Guide] Defence Easy Powerful if the enemy doesn't know his position, he can be easily countered with a well placed barrier or rocket. 
Junkrat [Guide] Defence Medium A situational choice on any map as offense or defense.
Widowmaker [Guide] Defence Medium In the right hands, she is a menance. Vision, high single target damage and some mobility for escaping if needed.

C Tier

Guide

Role

Difficulty

Description

Hanzo [Guide] Defence Medium Slow damage output but useful vision and a strong Ultimate on some maps. Can be particularly strong against new players.
Symmetra [Guide] Defence Easy Relatively weak shielding, but a great teleporter.  Great on D on many maps.   Not so great most of the time.  Very, very situational, but strong on specific maps. 
Sombra [Guide] Offense Medium Weak in most situations.  A novelty pick at best. 
Torbjorn [Guide] Defence Easy Automated turrets are a nuisance but against a coordinated team, easily killed. 

Additional Guides

Need to know counters to every Hero? Here is our Overwatch: Hero Counters guide. 

Need a helping hand on securing those victories? Here's our guide on How To Win In Overwatch.

Need a break-down of every Overwatch map and who is strongest on them? Take a look at our Overwatch Tier List (By Map).


To read the latest guides, news, and features you can visit our Overwatch Game Page.

Last Updated: May 08, 2017

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