The Overwatch beta is over, and its absence weighs heavy on our hearts. Fortunately, that won’t be for long since its release date is just around the corner, and with Blizzard’s new Hanzo/Genji cinematic trailer I could not be more hyped!

This all begs the question, what will I do when Overwatch comes out? What character will I play? What play-style do I enjoy the most? In what position do I excel in, or need some work on? Fear not, because I have all the answers to those burning questions right here! Today we will be discussing which heroes are right for you and which ones fit specific play-styles the best. Let’s begin!

tracer

Fast and Aggressive

If you’re like a lot of FPS players, you like to go for the kills. You love that feeling of flying through an enemy team, taking them out one by one, and causing as much havoc as you can. If that's the case, you’re going to love Genji, Tracer, Reaper, Winston, and D.Va.

On the offensive side of things, Genji, Tracer, and Reaper are all about killing the enemy. They excel at eliminating targets and getting behind their enemies to be the biggest nuisance they can. However, with characters like Winston and D.Va, you may not be all about killing enemies, but rather shifting their fire. Both of these heroes are tanks and meant to soak up a lot of damage while simultaneously attacking the enemy back line.

Soldier-76

Safer High Damage

Sometimes you love dishing out damage, but want to be a bit more careful about how you do it. These heroes aren’t necessarily about camping, but rather are used to deal high damage but from a mid-range distance. If that’s your play-style, you should check out Soldier: 76, McCree, Pharah, Hanzo, Junkrat, Roadhog and Zarya.

Soldier: 76, McCree, and Pharah are more offensive-style heroes that excel at mid-range combat. While McCree can definitely deal devastating damage close-range thanks to his Fan the Hammer skill, he can also be very effective at medium-range thanks to his primary fire. Hanzo, Junkrat, and Zarya deal immense, incredible damage but can also remain safe thanks to Hanzo’s vision arrow, Junkrat’s traps, and Zarya’s shields. It may seem odd to work Roadhog in here, but of all the tanks he easily does the most damage to squishy targets and can easily eliminate smaller enemies thanks to his hook scrap gun combo. They are all different types of heroes but fit this play-style very well.

defense

Defensive Camping

Let’s be honest. While none of us want to admit it, camping is sometimes in our nature. It’s an offense/defense game, and camping is simply a well-made tactical decision. Overwatch has plenty of characters that can help facilitate the need to camp, and do it quite well.

Bastion, Widowmaker, Zenyatta, and Torbjorn are great examples. Bastion and Torbjorn are excellent area-denial characters that can be a real pain to deal with sometimes. Widowmaker is a great sniper for clearing out low-health targets, and Zenyatta is a very safe but also quite powerful support that can dish out a lot of damage and support from long range.

support

Support

The unsung heroes of Overwatch, these players help you when help is needed the most. They bring you assistance in the battlefield to help complete the objective the best way possible. Those heroes are Mercy, Lucio, Symmetra, Reinhardt and Mei. Mercy and Lucio are obvious contenders; they are excellent healers that excel in many different kinds of support. Mei and Symmetra are excellent at area denial with their turrets and ice walls. Reinhardt is an amazing character when it comes to protecting your team and even dealing with squishy characters, too.

There you have it, every Overwatch hero put together in play-styles that may suit you. Personally, I’m a huge fan of mid-range damage so my favorite characters are Roadhog, Soldier: 76, and Zarya with a little Tracer mixed in as well. Overwatch has a very diverse roster and every character can feel unique to play with, so I suggest trying out all the ones listed in a specific play-style to really find which one is right for you!

Good luck out there, and I hope to see you rock the leaderboards come May 24th!