With DPS providing the bulk of damage dealt, picking the best one for the best circumstances is vital to winning matches. From the best to worst, here is the tier list for Overwatch DPS characters.
Overwatch DPS Tier List: April 2022
Ashe has consistently been at the top of the DPS tier lists since her inception, and with good reason. Her long-range DPS skills are superb, with an AOE attack and a short-range damage dealer making her the most well-rounded character in the game.
Sombra is a horrifying sight to behold, with a dangerous main ability to hack enemies, disabling them for several seconds, and a portable teleporter to aid in escape. Sombra may be hard to play, but masters of her gameplay can turn the tide of entire matches.
Cassidy, the popular gunslinger, solidifies his lone wolf role with a longe range revolver that can also be rapidly fired for close-quarters combat. His excellent mobility and strategic value make him a solid pick for anyone with good aim.
Tracer's role as a harasser is one that's been perfected since the beginning of the series. Relying on speed and maneuverability, she's best used in a flanking position. This makes her a god pick for players who like the adrenaline rush of being behind the enemies' frontlines.
Symmetra's use lies in her automated turrets, luring enemies into traps and punishing those who want to just run in blindly with no plan. She's best implemented by players who tend to be more strategy-oriented, and excel with planned out tactics and moves. Torbjorn is similar to Symmetra, in that he's best used when planning his moves out ahead of time. His turret is useful when locking down an area and dealing massive damage, rather than relying on the stealth of Symmetra's turrets. In addition, his main rivet gun is no slouch either, with solid range and DPS.
Echo is the closest thing to air support in Overwatch, with a large amount of AOE attacks, she's an excellent pick for players who like added mobility.
Hanzo is similar to Cassidy, dealing high burst damage but requiring you to be careful with your shots. However, he struggles against shielded players and has no crowd control abilities.
Mei specializes in freezing an enemy's advancements and cutting their ability to move with her ice wall. her main weakness lies in her slow mobility and lack of range, making her an easy target for snipers or swift, unpredictable characters like Sombra.
Bastion's crowd control abilities have their uses, but make him a sitting duck while in turret mode, and his main gun is underwhelming, to say the least.
Genji has powerful abilities, with fast mobility, and the ability to deflect projectiles, but is vulnerable to AOE attacks and explosives like Echo and Doomfist.
Reaper's powerful shotguns and potential teleporting ability are offset by his slow movement speed and horrendous range, making him a perfect target for Hanzo and Cassidy mains.
Junkrat excels in artillery and explosives but is extremely vulnerable to flying enemies like Pharah and Echo, and is just as useless long-range as Reaper.
- Soldier: 76
Claiming the title of "Most boring and generic playstyle in the history of the universe" Soldier: 76 is so limited that it's useless except to familiarize new players with the game. His only somewhat strong ability is his regeneration field, and a decent ultimate.
Widowmaker is outclassed by every other ranged character in the game, as she does poor damage, little health, and a poison mine that's rarely of use to anyone but herself in extremely limited situations.
Pharah's lack of use in basically every situation leads to her being the worst DPS character of the bunch. Her rockets are weak and ineffectual, and her unique flying ability was deemed irrelevant due to Echo's introduction.
Doomfist's good damage is limited to extreme close-range attacks only, but lacks the movement speed to make use of it. Hopefully, this will get fixed in his transition to a tank role.