Overwatch World Cup hero picks data - September 2018

Overwatch World Cup hero picks data - September 2018

The hero usage data from the Overwatch World Cup 2018 qualifiers played in September: Los Angeles, Bangkok, and Paris. Find out the best picks at OWWC 2018!

  • All the heroes are arranged in six tiers based on their time played during the OWWC qualifiers.

  • The usage rate on each map is helpful to understand in which battlefield a hero shines the most.

  • The tiers depend only on the hero usage time and aren’t affected either by the win rate of a hero or by their performance.

Every month, I create a competitive hero tier list based on the Overwatch League. The goal is offering a neutral comparison that shows how the meta evolves over time. We are in the offseason, so while waiting for the second season of the OWL, we may consider the data from the World Cup a reliable source on the pro meta.

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Maps played

  • Assault: Hanamura, Horizon Lunar Colony, Temple of Anubis, Volskaya Industries.

  • Escort: Dorado, Junkertown, Route 66, Watchpoint: Gibraltar, Rialto.

  • Hybrid: Blizzard World, Eichenwalde, Hollywood, King’s Row, Numbani.

  • Control: Ilios, Lijiang Tower, Nepal, Oasis.

Note: The tiers are based on the data from all maps, but I have not included those with just 1-2 hours of total playtime in the graphs below: Hanamura, Dorado, Eichenwalde, and Hollywood.

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Tier S

Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4

The tiers are viewed as clusters of data, and each hero is placed in the one they are closer the most.

Tier S: D.Va 92%.

Tier 1: Lucio 64%.

Tier 2: Winston 53% - Ana 49% - Brigitte 45%.

Tier 3: Reinhardt 37% - Zenyatta 37% - Zarya 33% - Sombra 32% - Mercy 28%.

Tier 4: Genji 17% - Moira 16% - Tracer 16% - Widowmaker 16% - Pharah 10% - Hanzo 8% - Hammond 7% - Doomfist 6% - McCree 6% - Orisa 6% - Junkrat 6%.

Tier 5: Mei 2% - Soldier: 76 2% - Bastion 1% - Reaper 0.8% - Torbjorn 0.5% - Symmetra 0.1% - Roadhog 0.1%.

Class comparison charts

  • The usage rate of all heroes of the same class on each map.

  • Only the top six heroes of each class are displayed.


Pick rate on Rialto

I forgot to include Rialto in the previous graphs, so the hero pick rate on this map is shown below.

Attack and Defense usage rate

  • The usage rate of all heroes (up to tier 3) in attack and defense on each map.

  • In order to display reliable stats, only the most played maps are included.

  • The characters are ordered according to this month's tier list.

Most picked heroes by country

  • Please note that the teams have played only five matches each, and they also fought on different maps, so these statistics are very biased.

  • The teams are ordered according to the placement in their respective qualifier.

Bangkok Qualifier

# China Australia Denmark Sweden Thailand Spain
1 D.Va D.Va D.Va D.Va Ana D.Va
2 Winston Ana Winston Lucio D.Va Brigitte
3 Ana Winston Mercy Winston Lucio Winston
4 Mercy Sombra Zenyatta Sombra Brigitte Lucio
5 Lucio Mercy Lucio Ana Winston Zenyatta
6 Zenyatta Pharah Ana Reinhardt Sombra Tracer
7 Brigitte Genji Brigitte Brigitte Reinhardt Ana
8 Zarya Lucio Widowmaker Zarya Genji Zarya
9 Sombra Brigitte Tracer Zenyatta Zarya Reinhardt
10 Reinhardt Zenyatta Sombra Moira Widowmaker Sombra

Los Angeles Qualifier

# USA Canada Brazil Norway Austria Switzerland
1 D.Va D.Va D.Va D.Va D.Va D.Va
2 Ana Sombra Lucio Ana Lucio Lucio
3 Winston Winston Brigitte Lucio Reinhardt Ana
4 Lucio Ana Reinhardt Winston Zarya Reinhardt
5 Sombra Lucio Moira Mercy Moria Mercy
6 Doomfist Zenyatta Zarya Reinhardt Ana Brigitte
7 Brigitte Mercy Winston Tracer Winston Zarya
8 Reinhardt Reinhardt Zenyatta Zarya Mercy Winston
9 Mercy Doomfist Tracer Zenyatta Brigitte Moira
10 Zenyatta Zarya Ana Brigitte Sombra Tracer

Paris Qualifier

# France UK Netherlands Germany Italy Poland
1 D.Va D.Va D.Va D.Va D.Va D.Va
2 Lucio Lucio Lucio Lucio Lucio Winston
3 Brigitte Zenyatta Brigitte Ana Brigitte Lucio
4 Reinhardt Brigitte Zarya Winston Reinhardt Ana
5 Zarya Winston Reinhardt Brigitte Zarya Zenyatta
6 Zenyatta Zarya Zenyatta Reinhardt Zenyatta Sombra
7 Winston Reinhardt Winston Zarya Ana Brigitte
8 Ana Mercy Ana Zenyatta Moira Reinhardt
9 Sombra Widowmaker Mercy Sombra Winston Mercy
10 Genji Sombra Moira Genji Sombra Genji

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