Overwatch Hero Counter Picks, Match-ups, Hero Strengths and Weaknesses

By   /   May 23, 2016
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With over 20 heroes to choose, Overwatch Hero Counter Picks are very important considering how it can turn defeat into victory especially if you know the strengths and weaknesses of your enemy team heroes and how you should exploit them to effectively counter the whole team.

Overwatch Hero Counter Picks, Match-ups

Although a player learns these things naturally during the course of the game, those who wish to speed things a notch, our Overwatch Heroes Counter Picks guide will explain strengths and weaknesses of every hero in the game and how to counter all.

Since Overwatch is a massive game, do make sure to share your own hero tips and strategies with us in the comments section below!

Bastion Counter Picks, Match-ups

McCree
He lacks mobility to get around Bastion and Deadeye is incapable of penetrating shields.

Pharah
Despite great maneuverability, Bastion can easily focus Pharah and have his shield do most of the work.

Lucio
Lucio can easily flank Bastion – using speed boost and wall jump – either to kill him or lure him out in the open for his team to finish him up.

Symmetra
The orb is not only free, but deals huge amount of damage on a stationary target.

Reaper
Since Bastion is weak to flanks, Reaper is probably the best hero to flank him and get the job done.

Widowmaker
She can focus Bastion all day long using her ranged attacks and charge to eliminate him in a couple of seconds. Since Bastion has no long range abilities, he struggles.

D.Va Counter Picks, Match-ups

Widowmaker
D.Va can hard counter Widowmaker. You need to activate barrier in the mid-flight and avoid scoped headshot. Also head in with charge to prevent Widowmaker from escaping.

Mercy
You simply need to fly at her and separate her from the team to get an easy kill.

Roadhog
Not only Roadhog can outdamage her at close range, but due to his large size, she can easily she can place both her ult(s) by simply standing near him.

Reinhardt
His shield is not only capable of blocking D.Va’s ult, but her Defense Matrix is also useless against Reinhardt.

Mei
Defense Matrix is useless against Mei and D.Va should not try to approach her – or be ready to get frozen and killed by mech. Moreover, Ice Wall is good protection against Self-Destruct.

Genji Counter Picks, Match-ups

Widowmaker
Genji can easily get to Widowmaker faster than anyone else in the game and can one-shot Widowmaker using reflect in some scenarios.

McCree
Reflect can easily nullify Quick-Fire and Flashbang, giving him the opportunity to 1-on-1 McCree and win.

Pharah
Although Pharah cannot directly win a 1-on-1 with Genji, if his Reflect is kept in mind and Pharah uses her altitude, she can give him a tough time.

Roadhog
Due to his massive HP pool and Genji’s burst shots, Genji has a tough time solo killing Roadhog. Moreover, decent Roadhog players will always choose fights they can win.

Mei
Mei has a slow which cannot be reflected. Moreover, her Ice Wall can prevent Genji from killing her and also blocks his ult.

Hanzo Counter Picks, Match-ups

Widowmaker
Not only Hanzo’s arrows are slow and require charge to reach Widowmaker, Widow’s shots have increased range and deal more damage and do not require charge.

Junkrat Counter Picks, Match-ups

Mei
She is only able to do something if she is allowed to get in close and use her slow which Junkrat can prevent, thanks to her low mobility. Even then, Junkrat can jump away to resist the slow and counter Ice Wall with trap.

Tracer
Getting trapped inside Junkrat’s trap is probably the worst thing that can happen to Tracer. Moreover, Junkrat simply need to fire in Tracer’s direction to send her away.

Lucio Counter Picks, Match-ups

Reaper
Not only Lucio’s ult can completely render Reaper useless, but he outmatches Reaper in mobility which allows him to choose his fights.

Widowmaker
Although Lucio cannot 1-on-1 Widowmaker, he can use his speed to avoid getting hit and lure Widow in a position to enable his team to finish her off.

Zarya
This is a really even match-up. While Zarya ult can disable Lucio’s speed boost, Lucio can pop his ult as well for an even match-up.

Winston
Winston’s AoE gun cannot do much against Lucio’s AoE aura. Moreover, Lucio’s speed boost and wallrunning allow him to close the gap even after Winston’s ult.

Bastion
Lucio can easily flank Bastion – using speed boost and wall jump – either to kill him or lure him out in the open for his team to finish him up.

McCree Counter Picks, Match-ups

Reaper
Reaper must close in the gap to deal any damage to Reaper which is where McCree shines. His Flashbang can interrupt Death Blossom and Wraith Form.

Tracer
This match-up can only go in McCree’s favour if he is able to land his stun perfectly. Otherwise, Tracer can easily dodge McCree’s every available ability.

Reinhardt
All you need to do is to land your Flashbang over Reinhardt shield and boom! He’s dead.

Widowmaker
There used to be a time when McCree could have 1-on-1 Widowmaker, but now, it is best to avoid the fight.

Bastion
He lacks mobility to get around Bastion and Deadeye is incapable of penetrating shields.

Genji
Reflect can easily nullify Quick-Fire and Flashbang, giving him the opportunity to 1-on-1 McCree and win.

Mei Counter Picks, Match-ups

Genji
Mei has a slow which cannot be reflected. Moreover, her Ice Wall can prevent Genji from killing her and also blocks his ult.

Mercy
In a straight up, it is extremely hard to kill Mei in a 1-on-1 while playing as Mercy. Do note that Mercy’s res. as a counterplay to wombo-combo ult should be kept in mind.

Tracer
Ice Wall cannot only prevent Tracer from escaping, but can effectively blocks her ult. This essentially allows Mei to reset the 1-on-1.

D.Va
Defense Matrix is useless against Mei and D.Va should not try to approach her – or be ready to get frozen and killed by mech. Moreover, Ice Wall is good protection against Self-Destruct.

Symmetra
As Symmetra, you need to lure Mei into sentry turrets range and also deal damage up-close before getting frozen.

Soldier: 76
Mei needs to get in close which is where 76’s Pulse Rifle shines. 76 can easily keep Mei at an arm’s length. However, 76’s sprinting get nullified with Mei’s slow and Ice Wall can deal with his ult.

Zarya
Zarya’s shield can block freeze ray and chill status which can also be casted on allies. While playing with Mei, you need to grenade, shield, and butt strikes.

Reaper
Mei cannot simply sustain Reaper’s damage output – due to less HP pool. Moreover, Wraith Form nullifies all slow effects.

Junkrat
She is only able to do something if she is allowed to get in close and use her slow which Junkrat can prevent, thanks to her low mobility. Even then, Junkrat can jump away to resist the slow and counter Ice Wall with trap.

Widowmaker
Mei can stop Widow from advancing using Ice Wall and deal a whole lot of damage using icicles.

Mercy Counter Picks, Match-ups

Zarya
In a straight up 1-on-1, Zarya can kill Mercy. Also note that Mercy’s res. as a counterplay to ult(s) is something to consider.

Mei
In a straight up, it is extremely hard to kill Mei in a 1-on-1 while playing as Mercy. Do note that Mercy’s res. as a counterplay to wombo-combo ult should be kept in mind.

D.Va
You simply need to fly at her and separate her from the team to get an easy kill.

Pharah Counter Picks, Match-ups

Reaper
As Pharah, you should never try and get in close to take serious damage from Reaper’s shotguns. And as Reaper, try not to flank someone in the air.

Genji
Although Pharah cannot directly win a 1-on-1 with Genji, if his Reflect is kept in mind and Pharah uses her altitude, she can give him a tough time.

Bastion
Despite great maneuverability, Bastion can easily focus Pharah and have his shield do most of the work.

Roadhog
Pharah is a target for Roadhog to hit with a hook – even while hovering. Once pulled, she is like a free kill for Roadhog.

Reaper Counter Picks, Match-ups

Winston
In all honesty, Winston does not even stand a chance against Reaper. This hero gets shredded by Reaper in a straight up 1-on-1.

Bastion
Since Bastion is weak to flanks, Reaper is probably the best hero to flank him and get the job done.

Mei
Mei cannot simply sustain Reaper’s damage output – due to less HP pool. Moreover, Wraith Form nullifies all slow effects.

Lucio
Not only Lucio’s ult can completely render Reaper useless, but he outmatches Reaper in mobility which allows him to choose his fights.

Widowmaker
You need to be careful using Shadow Step with a Widowmaker on the opposing team – she can easily one-shot you. Other than that, Widowmaker shines at long-range and Reaper shines at close-range.

McCree
Reaper must close in the gap to deal any damage to Reaper which is where McCree shines. His Flashbang can interrupt Death Blossom and Wraith Form.

Pharah
As Pharah, you should never try and get in close to take serious damage from Reaper’s shotguns. And as Reaper, try not to flank someone in the air.

Reinhardt Counter Picks, Match-ups

Soldier: 76
Although 76 can deal pretty decent amount of damage, do note that Reinhardt has about 2000 HP pool which Soldier: 76 simply cannot deplete on his own.

McCree
All you need to do is to land your Flashbang over Reinhardt shield and boom! He’s dead.

Widowmaker
Reinhardt’s shield can protect his entire team long enough for someone to get in close range to Widowmaker and eliminate her.

D.Va
His shield is not only capable of blocking D.Va’s ult, but her Defense Matrix is also useless against Reinhardt.

Symmetra
Symmetra’s ball can penetrate through his shield and dealing high damage to everyone behind while charging her ult. Symmetra simply needs to maintain a safe distance and Reinhardt will not be able to do anything.

Zenyatta
You simply need to make sure that you place your Orb of Discord on Reinhardt and its GG.

Winston
Have no doubt that the hammer beats short-range AoE gun in every single match-up.

Soldier: 76 Counter Picks, Match-ups

Tracer
Any Soldier: 76 player with somewhat decent aim should be able to get Tracer without difficulty. If Tracer is able to close the gap, hit her with Helix Rockets. At medium-range, Tracer does not even stand a chance.

Even with her Blink, Tactical Visor will make sure that hit her every single time.

Mei
Mei needs to get in close which is where 76’s Pulse Rifle shines. 76 can easily keep Mei at an arm’s length. However, 76’s sprinting gets nullified with Mei’s slow and Ice Wall can deal with his ult.

Reinhardt
Although 76 can deal pretty decent amount of damage, do note that Reinhardt has about 2000 HP pool which Soldier: 76 simply cannot deplete on his own.

Symmetra Counter Picks, Match-ups

Bastion
The orb is not only free, but deals huge amount of damage on a stationary target.

Reinhardt
Symmetra’s ball can penetrate through his shield and dealing high damage to everyone behind while charging her ult. Symmetra simply needs to maintain a safe distance and Reinhardt will not be able to do anything.

Mei
As Symmetra, you need to lure Mei into sentry turrets range and also deal damage up-close before getting frozen.

Winston
Although Symmetra is able to have her ball penetrate through Winston’s shield, he can easily destroy her nests. Not only his AoE gun easily destroys all her turrets, he can also ult to get the portal down.

Torbjorn Counter Picks, Match-ups

Winston
Winston can easily take down turrets and also disable them. He can also use Shield Protector to jump Torbjorn and kill him before focusing on the turrets.

Tracer Counter Picks, Match-ups

Widowmaker
Tracer can only win this match-up if she is able to close the gap and get in close to Widowmaker. She is one of the few heroes who can die instantly with Widow’s bodyshot without armor of shield.

All in all, this is an even match-up which can go either way depending upon the map and an array of other factors.

Junkrat
Getting trapped inside Junkrat’s trap is probably the worst thing that can happen to Tracer. Moreover, Junkrat simply need to fire in Tracer’s direction to send her away.

Soldier: 76
Any Soldier: 76 player with somewhat decent aim should be able to get Tracer without difficulty. If Tracer is able to close the gap, hit her with Helix Rockets. At medium-range, Tracer does not even stand a chance.

Even with her Blink, Tactical Visor will make sure that hit her every single time.

Mei
Ice Wall cannot only prevent Tracer from escaping, but can effectively blocks her ult. This essentially allows Mei to reset the 1-on-1.

McCree
This match-up can only go in McCree’s favour if he is able to land his stun perfectly. Otherwise, Tracer can easily dodge McCree’s every available ability.

Roadhog
While Tracer can outmatch Roadhog in sheer mobility, she cannot deplete his large HP pool without external support. On top of that, he can also heal his HP up. When hooked, try to rewind in order to avoid getting killed, but without rewind, do not even think about engaging Roadhog alone.

Widowmaker Counter Picks, Match-ups

Bastion
She can focus Bastion all day long using her ranged attacks and charge to eliminate him in a couple of seconds. Since Bastion has no long range abilities, he struggles.

McCree
There used to be a time when McCree could have 1-on-1 Widowmaker, but now, it is best to avoid the fight.

Zenyatta
Having only 150 HP and needing to be out in the open in order to deal any significant damage, there is no way Zenyatta can trouble any decent Widowmaker player.

Hanzo
Not only Hanzo’s arrows are slow and require charge to reach Widowmaker, Widow’s shots have increased range and deal more damage and do not require charge.

Mei
Mei can stop Widow from advancing using Ice Wall and deal a whole lot of damage using icicles.

Lucio
Although Lucio cannot 1-on-1 Widowmaker, he can use his speed to avoid getting hit and lure Widow in a position to enable his team to finish her off.

Reinhardt
Reinhardt’s shield can protect his entire team long enough for someone to get in close range to Widowmaker and eliminate her.

Reaper
You need to be careful using Shadow Step with a Widowmaker on the opposing team – she can easily one-shot you. Other than that, Widowmaker shines at long-range and Reaper shines at close-range.

Tracer
Tracer can only win this match-up if she is able to close the gap and get in close to Widowmaker. She is one of the few heroes who can die instantly with Widow’s bodyshot without armor of shield.

All in all, this is an even match-up which can go either way depending upon the map and an array of other factors.

D.Va
D.Va can hard counter Widowmaker. You need to activate barrier in the mid-flight and avoid scoped headshot. Also head in with charge to prevent Widowmaker from escaping.

Genji
Genji can easily get to Widowmaker faster than anyone else in the game and can one-shot Widowmaker using reflect in some scenarios.

Winston
Like Genji, Winston is an extremely hard counter to Widowmaker. All you need to do is to get in close, throw down the shield, and voila! While playing as Widowmaker, you should always try and stay near your team and ask them to help you get him killed.

Winston Counter Picks, Match-ups

Symmetra
Although Symmetra is able to have her ball penetrate through Winston’s shield, he can easily destroy her nests. Not only his AoE gun easily destroys all her turrets, he can also ult to get the portal down.

Lucio
Winston’s AoE gun cannot do much against Lucio’s AoE aura. Moreover, Lucio’s speed boost and wallrunning allow him to close the gap even after Winston’s ult.

Torbjorn
Winston can easily take down turrets and also disable them. He can also use Shield Protector to jump Torbjorn and kill him before focusing on the turrets.

Reinhardt
Have no doubt that the hammer beats short-range AoE gun in every single match-up.

Widowmaker
Like Genji, Winston is an extremely hard counter to Widowmaker. All you need to do is to get in close, throw down the shield, and voila! While playing as Widowmaker, you should always try and stay near your team and ask them to help you get him killed.

Reaper
In all honesty, Winston does not even stand a chance against Reaper. This hero gets shredded by Reaper in a straight up 1-on-1.

Zarya Counter Picks, Match-ups

Mercy
In a straight up 1-on-1, Zarya can kill Mercy. Also note that Mercy’s res. as a counterplay to ult(s) is something to consider.

Lucio
This is a really even match-up. While Zarya ult can disable Lucio’s speed boost, Lucio can pop his ult as well for an even match-up.

Mei
Zarya’s shield can block freeze ray and chill status which can also be casted on allies. While playing with Mei, you need to grenade, shield, and butt strikes.

Zenyatta
It goes without saying that Zenyatta ult can easily and completely nullify Zarya’s. However, you can always use Orb of Discord to deal additional damage with your already high damage-dealing shots.

Zenyatta Counter Picks, Match-ups

Reinhardt
You simply need to make sure that you place your Orb of Discorb on Reinhardt and its GG.

Widowmaker
Having only 150 HP and needing to be out in the open in order to deal any significant damage, there is no way Zenyatta can trouble any decent Widowmaker player.

Zarya
As mentioned earlier, it goes without saying that Zenyatta ult can easily and completely nullify Zarya’s. In addition to this, you can always use Orb of Discord to deal additional damage with your already high damage-dealing shots.

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