Find out the best and worst DPS heroes to play in our Overwatch 2 DPS Tier List.
A new season begins in Overwatch 2! The official patch notes for Overwatch 2 Season 6 introduced plenty of changes for Blizzard’s FPS, from tweaks to heroes’ abilities to the new Flashpoint game mode and Invasion story missions.
To help you climb up the competitive ranks, here are the best and worst heroes to play in Overwatch 2 Season 6.
- 1 Overwatch 2 DPS Tier List S-Tier Heroes
- 2 Overwatch 2 DPS Tier List A-Tier Heroes
- 3 Overwatch 2 DPS Tier List B-Tier Heroes
- 4 Overwatch 2 DPS Tier List Meh-Tier Heroes
Overwatch 2 DPS Tier List S-Tier Heroes
If you are looking for the best DPS hero to win games in Overwatch 2, the S-tier list gathers the best characters currently available in the game.
Last season, Cassidy was among the best DPS heroes to play in Overwatch 2. The beginning of Season 6 doesn’t change Cassidy’s position in the S-tier of our Overwatch 2 DPS tier list, with the latest update increasing his base health from 200 to 225. The falloff range of his main weapon, Peacekeeper, was rescaled from 25-45 meters to 25-35 meters to better fit his role as a mid-range hitscan.
Cassidy’s reworked Magnetic Grenade slows down enemies by 25% instead of 30%, with a maximum travel time of 1.5 seconds to force Cassidy players to use it at close to mid-range, making Cassidy a real threat for enemies trying to get too close.
Ever since the release of Overwatch 2, Mei has been a good hero to play in competitive games. While she can no longer freeze her enemies, her overall kit hinders her opponents’ mobility, slowing them down long enough for her teammates to execute them. The release of Season 5 reduced the damage per second of her Endothermic Blaster but increased its slowing effect, making Mei more dangerous than before for her enemies.
Sojourn didn’t change much in the past few seasons, being a well-balanced hero that needs little to no adjustment. She benefits from good mobility and decent damage output at mid-range, making her a perfect match with Cassidy – or a decent counter against him.
Overwatch 2 DPS Tier List A-Tier Heroes
A-tier heroes are not in the current meta but still have what it takes to carry games in Overwatch 2. These characters are good in almost all situations and can help you climb the competitive ranks if played properly.
Tracer misses the S-tier section of our Overwatch 2 DPS tier list mainly because of the recent buff provided to her main counter, Cassidy. Blizzard changed the spread of Tracer’s Pulse Pistols, increasing it by 15% after discovering a bug that made it smaller than intended. This change may reduce the accuracy of her main weapon, but Blizzard assured it would closely monitor this change to make sure it doesn’t impact her overall efficiency in battle. Tracer remains one of the best heroes to harass enemy backlines and secure an early kill, but make sure there is no Cassidy dedicated to hindering Tracer's efforts.
Hanzo is one of the best DPS heroes available in Overwatch 2. He benefits from great mobility, doesn’t need anyone else with him to survive, and can secure an early kill to give his team the upper hand. However, the recent changes brought by the release of Overwatch 2 Season 5 reduce his ability to one-shot his enemies, with the maximum damage from his Storm Bow being reduced from 125 to 120. While this may not seem like much, it means that Hanzo’s critical shots are now reduced from 250 to 240, preventing him from killing heroes that have 250 health with a single critical shot.
The release of Season 6 prevents Hanzo from drawing arrows while climbing a wall, stopping the hero from killing enemies before they could even see him. While this may bother several Hanzo players, it doesn’t change much of the overall battle efficiency of this DPS hero.
Ashe is a decent hero able to deal damage from afar, either to pick on isolated targets or throw a grenade to wreak havoc on a frontline. While Ashe's ultimate ability, B.O.B., can be easily countered, it can kill low-health victims, contest a point, or make the enemy team use precious cooldowns they won't have for the next fight.
Overwatch 2 DPS Tier List B-Tier Heroes
B-Tier heroes are slightly less optimized than the ones from higher tiers of this Overwatch 2 DPS tier list.
Echo is a versatile hero able to deal damage at both close and long range, all while flying around. Her strongest ability is her ultimate allowing her to duplicate an enemy hero to copy their powers and either save her team or destroy her opponents. However, since hitscans are among the best DPS heroes to play in Overwatch 2 Season 6, it may be complicated for Echo to find her place in the current meta.
Reaper is a real threat to all tanks, dealing massive damage and restoring his health before using his Wraith Form to escape back to safety. Blizzard recently tweaked Reaper’s Wraith Form to make it more similar to Tracer's Recall and Sombra's Translocator, preventing him from escaping mobility-locking effects such as Junkrat's Steel Trap, Sigma's Gravitic Flux, Zarya's Graviton Surge, and Cassidy's Magnetic Grenade.
Bastion has been at the bottom of our Overwatch 2 DPS tier list for the past few seasons, struggling to find his place in the recent metas. To help him come back under the spotlight, Blizzard tweaked his main abilities to make him more powerful in combat and increase his overall survivability.
The maximum explosion damage fallout from Bastion’s A-36 Tactical Grenade was reduced from 70% to 50%, its detonation time goes from 0.5 to 0.35 seconds, and its recoil was adjusted to let Bastion cover more quickly. Moreover, the damage from this ability was increased from 15 to 30, with the projectile size increased from 0.2 to 0.25. The reload time from Configuration: Recon was reduced from 1.5 to 1.2, and transforming to Configuration: Assault grants 50 armor health. Last but not least, Bastion’s movement speed in Configuration: Artillery was increased from 20 to 25 meters per second to allow Bastion to reposition faster.
These changes help Bastion be more competitive than he used to be, but he remains a situational hero that works well on defense but does not adapt as well as other heroes from this Overwatch 2 DPS tier list.
Soldier: 76 received a slight nerf with the release of Season 6. The explosion damage from his Helix Rocket was reduced from 90 to 80, and the cost of his ultimate ability Tactical Visor was increased by 10%. Despite these changes, Soldier: 76 remains a reliable hero with a versatile kit and decent survivability, making him a safe pick if you are looking for a DPS hero to win your Overwatch 2 Season 6 games.
Symmetra is a hero who shines in certain situations, especially thanks to her turret and her ability to track down her enemies. The damage from her turrets got reduced from 40 to 25 in the Overwatch 2 Season 5 mid-season update. To make up for this loss in DPS, the damage from Symmetra’s Photon Projector was increased and it grants her some shield bonus to let Symmetra survive longer while chasing down her enemies.
Last season, Blizzard reduced the efficiency of Torbjörn’s turret to prevent it from killing everyone without the player doing anything specific. To make up for this nerf, the release of Season 6 improves Torbjörn’s firepower, reducing the time required to swap his weapon from 0.5 to 0.4 seconds and decreasing the recovery time of his primary fire from 0.55 to 0.48 seconds. The Forge Hammer is also faster to repair a turret under fire, making Torbjörn slightly faster than he used to be whether to fix his turret or attack his enemies.
Overwatch 2 DPS Tier List Meh-Tier Heroes
Meh-tier heroes are far from being trash picks, but the current Overwatch 2 meta is not in their favor. These heroes could use a buff in the next patch notes but can still be decent if played properly.
Genji wasn’t one of the best heroes to play in Overwatch 2 Season 4, and the release of the new competitive season didn’t play in his favor. The Season 5 patch notes increased Genji’s ammo from 24 to 30, but this buff isn’t enough to help him shine and leave the depths of the Meh-tier section of our Overwatch 2 DPS heroes tier list.
Widowmaker has always been a situational hero that can shine on some maps but ends up being useless on others unless played by a really skilled player. The recent changes brought to Widowmaker make her less deadly than she used to be, reducing her scoped shot damage falloff to prevent her from killing her enemies with a single shot on maps with extremely long sightlines. While this change doesn’t make Widowmaker a bad hero whatsoever, it limits her impact on maps with lots of open areas where she used to shine.
Sombra was among the best heroes to play upon the release of Overwatch 2, but the various nerfs she received made her less viable than before. The launch of Season 6 brought another round of nerf for Sombra, reducing the efficiency of her ultimate ability EMP by increasing its cost by 15% and preventing it from destroying Lifeweaver’s Tree of Life. She remains a good DPS hero in some situations but isn’t among the best in our Overwatch 2 DPS tier list.
Junkrat is a tricky hero. While he can be great on maps with a lot of closed spaces where he can throw his explosive projectiles and watch his opponents die one by one, he struggles on maps with larger roads and no narrow areas. The rise of hitscan heroes in Overwatch 2 Season 6 makes his ultimate ability RIP-Tire harder to land, as they can destroy it from afar. Junkrat is not a bad hero but lacks efficiency in too many situations to make him a reliable pick.
While Pharah can be a great hero to win games in lower competitive ranks as opponents may struggle to focus her, she loses her efficiency in higher ranks. Since Cassidy is among the best DPS heroes to play in Overwatch 2 Season 6, Ashe, and Hanzo, Pharah will easily be defeated by these better-balanced heroes.