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Each hero fills a different role in Overwatch.

Roles in Overwatch are loosely defined, and heroes can fulfill a role not designated for them. Roles, as they exist, are designed to help players identify which hero best suits their playstyle.[1]

Offense[edit | edit source]


Offense heroes possess high mobility and are usually great damage dealers. They are good at scouting, harassment, and pressing objectives. Movement abilities are often associated with offense heroes.[1]

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Genji McCree Pharah Reaper Soldier: 76 Sombra Tracer

Exceptions[edit | edit source]

In comparison to the other offense heroes, McCree has very low mobility, and as such is often treated more like a slightly-more-mobile defensive hero.

Sombra lacks the same level of killing power of the other offense heroes, and is generally a poor duelist. She functions more as a stealthy support hero who weakens the enemy for her allies to kill for her as well as denying available Health packs for the enemy while increasing her own team's available Health packs usage.

Defense[edit | edit source]


Defense heroes are good at guarding locations, creating choke points, and preventing objectives from being taken.[1] They are skilled at area denial and generally form the back line of their team.

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Bastion Hanzo Junkrat Mei Torbjörn Widowmaker

Tank[edit | edit source]


Tank heroes have high endurance and excel at protecting allies and disrupting enemies.[1]

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D.Va Reinhardt Roadhog Winston Zarya

Exceptions[edit | edit source]

While Roadhog is classed as a tank, he has no ability to protect his teammates like others do (such as Reinhardt's shield). With this in mind, it would be best to use Roadhog only when there's already another tank and use him more as a DPS with much more health and self-sustainability. His hook is also a good way to clear someone out of the objective to give you an advantage.

While Zarya is classed as a tank, she has very little health and is unable to take much damage to protect her teammate except for her Barrier. It would be best to use her when there is already another tank and use her as a DPS with slightly larger Health and a situational protective barrier.

Support[edit | edit source]


Support heroes can heal allies, enhance their team's abilities, and debuff enemies.[1] They are poor duelists and perform best with their team around them.

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Ana Lúcio Mercy Symmetra Zenyatta

Exceptions[edit | edit source]

Symmetra does not heal allies or significantly enhance her team's abilities outside of her Ultimates; rather, she excels at killing nearby enemies, guarding locations, creating choke points, and preventing objectives from being taken, meaning she is primarily useful when taken as a Defense hero with Supportive Ultimates.

Zenyatta, when played with enough skill is a fantastic duelist and in some situations can outperform many far stronger heroes.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 2014-11-24, BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Unveiled Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-03-10