As with Ana and Mercy, many of the top 10 most played heroes in Overwatch's two normal game modes overlap. However, each characters' ranking differs quite a bit due to direction of each game mode and what teams feel they need. The stakes and seriousness of either game mode seem to play a factor as well.
Here's the top ten most played heroes in Overwatch for both Competitive and Quick Play.
The list of the Top 10 most played heroes in Competitive is organized by their usage in-game.
- Ana — 12.02%
- Reinhardt — 11.42%
- Soldier: 76 — 9.04%
- Mercy — 8.71%
- Lucio — 8.35%
- Zarya — 7.92%
- Roadhog — 6.78%
- Pharah — 5.3%
- D.Va — 4.19%
- Zenyatta — 4.06%
Both Ana and Reinhardt are the only two Overwatch heroes on either list to score above 10%, which can be tied to their effectiveness. Reinhardt remains the only Tank in Overwatch that has a strong, mobile shield. Ana, on the other hand, has some of the most healing output and utility for tankier teams.
Soldier: 76 is by and far the most popular DPS hero in Competitive, with the next being Genji at 11th.
As with the Competitive Top 10, the Quick Play heroes are ordered in the same fashion.
- Mercy — 6.89%
- Genji — 6.8%
- McCree — 6.16%
- Lucio — 6.04%
- Soldier: 76 — 5.55%
- Roadhog — 5.3%
- Pharah — 5.25%
- Reinhardt — 5.19%
- Widowmaker — 5.08%
- D.Va — 4.88%
Genji, McCree, and Widowmaker all jump into the Top 10 for Quick Play. Each of these three Overwatch heroes are unique in gameplay aspects and require more skill to master. They might be played more in Quick Play for practice or because there's no risk in losing Skill Rating.
Where the Lists Differ
The Competitive game mode has a smaller pool of heroes deemed viable, either by the current meta or their general capabilities. Heroes under the 10th rank, Zenyatta, drop below 4% popularity in the Competitive game mode, whereas no hero drops below 4% in Quick Play until the 17th rank — which happens to also be Zenyatta.
In general, Quick Play sees plenty more hero combinations because there's less at stake, and there are other risks besides winning or losing. You aren't worried about Skill Rating Placements or dropping out of Master in Quick Play, so you can opt to play a wider pool of heroes. Similarly, more people will practice with heroes they aren't familiar with in Quick Play rather than jumping straight into Competitive.
Competitive maintains four of the five Supports in the Top 10 while Quick Play only has two of the five. This isn't too surprising as Competitive teams value survivability more than pure damage.
There's also a similar drop off with Tanks. In Competitive, Winston was the lowest ranking Tank at #13, but in Quick Play he drops all the way to #20. Meanwhile Reinhardt, who's regarded as the only "true" tank right now, drops from 2nd place to 7th.
Quick Play definitely seems to favor damage heroes moreso than other archetypes. What was the saying again? The best offense is a good... offense?
Overall there are only a few Overwatch heroes that make both lists, but there can be many different reasons. They could be the best viable option, or the most fun, or a combination of many aspects. Why do you think these are most played heroes in Overwatch?
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