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Overwatch League 2022 postseason stats show a clear Overwatch 2 meta

If you're wondering what the Overwatch 2 meta is right now, the Overwatch League 2022 postseason hero usage stats paint a pretty clear picture of who's best

Overwatch 2 meta OWL 2022 postseason stats: an image of Genji and Junker Queen in OWL skins

We know we’re all sitting here dreading the day when Mei is back in Overwatch 2, but – as it turns out – we might not even see too much of Chinese climatologist when she’s reenabled in the hero shooter. Why do we say this? Well, to put it simply, she might not be the meta. The Overwatch League 2022 postseason period statistics detail a very clear meta team composition – and we just can’t see Mei fitting into it.

Looking at the hero usage stats courtesty of the official Overwatch League Stats Lab here, you can see that – after a season of experimentation with the new five-versus-five competitive action – there’s five heroes you need to be using in Overwatch 2 going forward. These heroes are: Lucio, Kiriko, Sojourn, Reaper, and Winston.

Now, we know it might be something of a surprise to see two of the new Overwatch 2 heroes so firmly cemented in the hero shooter’s meta at the highest level of competition, but the numbers don’t lie – and we need to update our Overwatch 2 tier list to reflect that.

Throughout the Overwatch League’s 2022 postseason period, Sojourn was used 99.8% of the time by damage players from Atlanta Reign, Florida Mayhem, Hangzhou Spark, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, and Philadelphia Fusion. In addition to this, new-support Kiriko was used 98.4% of the time by players from the aforementioned teams.

Interestingly, Houston Outlaws’ Kim ‘Creative’ Young-Wan was the only Kiriko player to swap out for another support hero during this period – opting for a short five-minute stint as Baptiste.

However, when it comes to the second support player for each of the six Overwatch League teams mentioned above, there was only one hero for the job. Lucio was used 100% of the time in the OWL 2022 postseason period and establishes himself as the best support hero in Overwatch 2 – right now, anyway.

Elsewhere in these hero usage stats, Reaper remains a popular choice when it comes to damage heroes, featuring 95% of the time in this postseason period. Atlanta Reign’s Nicholas ‘Speedily’ Zou did play three minutes of Bastion and dabbled with Tracer alongside Houston Outlaws’ Oh ‘Pelican’ Se-hyun, but Reaper remained both player’s most popular pick by a large margin.

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Adding to this, somewhat more surprisingly, is the fact that Winston was the most popular tank hero – with a usage of almost 93% – during the OWL 2022 postseason period. Yeah, we’re a little shocked too.

Atlanta Reign’s Xander ‘Hawk’ Domecq, Florida Mayhem’s Ham ‘Someone’ Jeong-wan, and Houston Outlaws’ Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz all experimented with Orisa during the period, but it’s clear that Winston was the most popular tank hero choice. He was used 100% of the time by the tank players for Hangzhou Spark, London Spitfire, and Philadelphia Fusion.

We know the Overwatch 2 devs are confident they’ve nailed hero balancing in Season 1, but this might be an eye-opener. If you’re looking forward to the Overwatch 2 Season 2 start date, though, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for the Overwatch 2 Ramattra release date. With any luck, this tank hero will shake-up the meta a little more than Junker Queen has.