By Emily Barnes
UPDATED – 6/2/2020
Currently, there are 32 characters, classified as either Damage, Support, or Tank, that are available to play in Overwatch. The highest number of characters belong to the Damage class with 17 total Damage characters. Damage is undoubtfully the most popular role for players to select in Overwatch, and the roster of Damage characters is filled with interesting and unique heroes for you to learn and play. The Damage role is known for resembling a typical first-person shooter experience while having explosive abilities and ultimates that can do serious damage to your enemies, even possibly kill entire teams.
Certain damage characters are much more versatile and powerful in certain scenarios than their fellow damage heroes. It is very important for a serious Overwatch player to know when certain characters are best to be played, what to play against certain heroes on your enemy team, and when it would be best to pick something else. Some damage heroes are a direct counter to other characters, and others are a great combination with certain teammates. Keep reading to learn our Top Ten Damage Heroes in Overwatch!
Ashe has more recently gotten more popular, and to the surprise of some, we believe she definitely deserves a spot in the Top Ten Damage Heroes. Ashe has the potential to put out high amounts of damage and she is a strong hit scan. With the Echo being so popular, a good Echo is going to require a decent hit scan to take her down. Ashe can scope up her semi-automatic rifle called the Viper to shoot an Echo down. Another one of Ashes perks is the ability to throw Dynamite to detonate on the rest of her enemy team. Ashe can charge her ultimate ability rather quickly due to her Dynamite, and her ultimate ability B.O.B. is very good at stalling out points and securing kills even if Ashe was to get killed.
Reaper is one of the classic Damage heroes in Overwatch, and he is always going to be picked often in games. Particularly popular in lower ranks, Reaper can easily put out massive amounts of damage partly due to his ultimate ability Death Blossom. Reaper is extremely good at countering enemy tanks, especially tanks that are diving his teammates. Winston has to watch out for a Reaper and it is very common to counter Winston with a Reaper. The only tanks that have any sort of advantage over Reaper are DVA and Sigma since they have abilities that can eat at the damage that he does. Regardless, Reaper is a powerhouse, and when he isn’t being countered, he will run through enemy tank lines.
Hanzo belongs to the list of sniper characters in Overwatch with his Storm Bow for his primary weapon. Mobility is a strong suite for Hanzo, due to his ability to climb walls and use his Lunge ability. One of Hanzos abilities called Storm Arrow, launches an arrow with a sonar tracking device. Any enemy that is within the range of the Storm Arrow will be revealed to Hanzo and his team even through walls, which is great for predicting enemy movement and attack or setting up a surprise attack of your own. Hanzo’s ultimate Dragon Strike travels as a straight-line doing damage to anyone in its path, and it works great when paired with a Graviton Surge. The Zarya and Hanzo combination is very popular and at times very hard to counter. However despite his amazing ultimate, Hanzo falls flat compared to other hitscan heroes making him an off-meta pick currently.
Torbjörn is one of the less picked Damage characters (I know some of you are doing a double-take right now but hear me out!) but Torbjörn can be useful in multiple scenarios. The stationary Turret ability tracks enemies, making Torbjörn extremely effective at countering flankers. Due to its ability to counter flankers effectively, enemies will have to destroy the turret on site in order to stop its constant damage. Torbjörn can be a great selection on defensive points and there are many places to put your Turret that make it hard to destroy. Molten Core, Torbjörn’s ultimate ability, puts out damaging lava and can be great at clearing off points.
6. Soldier 76
Soldier 76 is THE classic first-person shooter hero due to his basic kit and abilities, but don’t confuse basic with ineffective. Being one of the easiest characters to play, a Soldier 76 player who can hit shots on his enemies will find great success with Soldier 76’s primary weapon, self-healing ability, and sprint. Soldier 76 will be great at countering Echos and Pharahs in the sky, and his ultimate ability Tactical Visor is very good in open space maps.
The complete opposite of our number five pick, Doomfist is what we would call a “niche” pick. Doomfist is quite difficult to be effective with due to his high-risk cooldowns and knowing when to time his rocket punch. However if you happen to be a great Doomfist you are definitely a force to be reckoned with. Doomfist is one of those heroes that when used right HAS to be countered if you want your team to succeed. An ignored Doomfist will run through your backline and destroy your supports or other lower health characters in the process. Doomfist is great against immobile heroes, heroes without stuns, and he can really only be countered by crowd control abilities. Even so, an elusive Doomfist who acts unpredictably can be very hard to counter with a team full of crowd control.
Tracer is a more difficult character to master and she has rightfully earned her position as one of the most popular and powerful Damage characters in Overwatch. Tracer is extremely mobile and quick and she has the potential to kill her enemies and be out of sight before her enemy supports can blink. A skilled Tracer is almost untouchable to slower characters such as Reinhardt, and she is extremely good at stalling on capture points due to her Blink and Recall abilities. Combining Tracer’s ultimate ability Pulse with a Graviton Surge can be very deadly, or you could simply stick the bomb on an immobile character such as Zenyatta, Ana, or Mercy. A decent Tracer is going to make her enemy support’s lives much more difficult!
Widowmaker is a more controversial pick, especially across lower ranks, but she is extremely powerful due to her “one shot, one kill” capability. By picking off her enemies one by one, Widowmaker can allow her teammates to waltz right into points to capture them. Widowmaker is an extremely good pick in open area maps such as Kings Row and Temple of Anubis. Even if Widowmaker isn’t hitting shots every single second, she puts significant pressure on the enemy team to constantly either be behind their shields or around natural cover. Widowmaker’s real only counters are dive characters and enemy snipers, so a good Widowmaker may go uncontested if her enemies aren’t switching to counter her.
McCree has seen a sharp increase in pick rates over the last couple of seasons as he is a strong counter to almost any character in the Overwatch roster. The Flashbang ability used by a McCree is very effective at stopping his enemies in their tracks. Doomfist flanking your backline? Stun him with a Flashbang. Is Winston terrorizing your supports? Stun him with a Flashbang. Reaper using his ultimate ability in the middle of your team? Simply stun him with a Flashbang! Other than Flashbang, McCree’s primary weapon is a six-shot Peacekeeper that does considerable damage, and his ultimate ability Deadeye will kill any enemies in his eyesight. McCree definitely deserves his spot as the second-best Damage character currently available in Overwatch, and we don’t think he will be going anywhere anytime soon.
Echo is the most recent addition to the character pool of Overwatch, and she is certainly one of the most interesting characters based on her kit and playstyle. Since Echo’s release, besides her one week ban shortly after, Overwatch has seen an overwhelming response due to her high pick rate. Echo’s ultimate ability, Duplicate, is absolutely game-changing and there is no ultimate ability in the game that even compares to it. Duplicate allows Echo to replicate a member of her enemy team and generate their ultimate at an extremely fast rate, sometimes being able to use the ultimate twice during the entire Duplicate. Some players are calling for the Overwatch team at Blizzard to double-check Echo and ensure that she is not in need of a nerf- and some players will say she most definitely needs a nerf to her kit now. For the reasons listed above, she also made the number one spot on our Top Ten Meta Overwatch Heroes in the Current Meta list!
We encourage you to give all of these heroes a try! You may find your new main or simply improve at a character you had less time on. While it can be tempting to stay stagnant in your current role, learning to flex to Damage can be a fun change of pace for any player. Since Overwatch has introduced role queue, you are going to have a separate SR, competitive rating, for each of the three roles. This means if you are Masters in Tank but much worse than that as Damage, your bad Damage plays are not going to impact your Tank or Support competitive rating what so ever. As always, have fun gaming and make sure to check out our other Overwatch lists!