Overwatch lists the most popular heroes in all of its various rankings

    
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Overwatch lists the most popular heroes in all of its various rankings

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “trickle-down meta,” the topic of this Overwatch thread likely won’t make much sense to you. (In brief, it’s the idea that if the top end players play a lot of one character, that character starts becoming popular all the way down.) Obviously, Jeff Kaplan cannot prove or disprove that with one post… but he can (and did) share the 10 most popular heroes at each tier of play at the start of Season 9.

The list in question doesn’t really prove or disprove anything, but it’s interesting to see the characters who wind up on the list consistently (Mercy, Moira, and D. Va are always there, for example) and the ones who only show up past certain ranks (Lucio stops showing up past the lower ranks, then comes back at the top end where players can capitalize more on his toolkit). One could argue anything from “this shows which heroes are trickling down” to “this shows which heroes have the mostly broadly applicable suite of abilities” with this information, but it’s still interesting to see.

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Loopy

I actually find it interesting how widely D.Va is used. In my opinion, she might be an easy character to pick up, but she’s a hard one to master. I’m curious to see how she’s played in lower tiers.

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Jarby Stark

well tons of players in lower tiers are smurfs so its not a big difference I guess

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Bryan Correll

But the real question is: Which heroes are the most popular on DeviantArt?

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Jack Pipsam

D.Va is the answer to that.

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wratts

Guess I’m kind of surprised to see Junkrat completely drop off after Gold tier. With so many of his skills positionally dependent, I guess higher tier players can just avoid him?

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Frédéric Bolduc

It’s usually because of his splash damage giving enemy healers easier opportunities to build up their ults. Junkrat’s really good at dishing high amounts of damage, but not that much at killing off enemies efficiently.

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Bruno Brito

Pros call that “irrelevant damage”. Happened to Grohk in Paladins. Kill confirming is always something huge in progaming.

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DeadlyAccurate

D.va and Mercy can pretty much be played on almost any map, so that makes sense. Interesting how Widowmaker doesn’t show up at all in the Top 10, even though she’s almost always picked in Quick Play.

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Andy McAdams

I’m kinda surprised Zenyatta doesn’t show up until platinum. He’s the closest thing I have to a main

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DeadlyAccurate

Same here. I thought he was a popular healer.