Top 10 Hardest Overwatch Heroes

Overwatch is an incredibly successful game that is entertaining millions across the world. A big reason for this success is the variety of heroes, there’s a playstyle and a hero for everyone. Some heroes are really easy to play while others are hard, and some are extremely difficult to be effective with. This scale attracts lots of players as they bid to become the best at their favourite hero. Here’s a list of the 10 hardest Overwatch heroes to play and master!


10. Tracer

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Offering lightning fast gameplay and a high skill floor, Tracer is one of the most popular heroes in the game. Due to her low HP pool, a simple gust of wind in her direction will take her out. Because of this, she’s hard to play effectively. Against bad players she’s obviously very easy but when you start to face players who can aim, she’s difficult to play.


9. Pharah

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Another DPS hero, Pharah is a stomper at low elo but difficult to perform with against good players. You’re an immediate target as you’re flying through the air and more than likely will be counterpicked. There are great tactics for surviving but mastering this takes a lot of time, effort and dedication.


8. Reinhardt

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For many players, Reinhardt’s playstyle comes down to “Shield until there’s lots of enemies then charge in and swing your hammer”. This is definitely not the right way, in fact that’s completely counter-intuitive. The real strategy involves shield management, charging your ult and landing good charges in the appropriate situations. All of this comes down to decision making and the wrong decisions can devastate your entire team. A good Reinhardt is uncommon but they almost always carry their team and they barely swing their hammer.


7. Zenyatta

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Zen is extremely powerful in the right hands but finding those hands is difficult. He possesses high damage output with good healing and one of the best ultimates in the game. The majority of his difficulty lies with his orbs, their travel speed and fire rate make them hard to hit enemies with, particularly small hitbox targets like Tracer or Mercy. If you can get those sweet headshots he’s a beast.


6. Torbjorn

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Believe it or not, there’s more to Torbjorn than placing your turret and afk hammering a wall. He’s a strong and capable hero but players often mis-play him. For starters, his turret is a distraction, not his main source of damage. Use it to hold chokepoints, split enemies and catch out flankers. Do not dedicate your entire play-time to making sure your turret position is optimal. You need to be with your team giving armour, dealing damage and taking out tanks. Getting this right requires practice and a lot of it, especially as players may have been playing him wrong this entire time.


5. Zarya

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This Russian is a very useful and viable tank who is hard to play. As a Zarya you need to be able to tank, deal damage and peel for your team. By peeling I mean save them from things like a Rein charge or Hog hook, you need to be able to shield your team-mates at the perfect time to keep them in the fight. You also need to manage your energy meter, you’ll deal pitiful damage at 0 charge, you need to keep it as high as you can. This is easier said than done though and requires practice but if you get it right, enjoy your freelo!


4. Sombra

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Being successful with Sombra requires a few things, the most important is arguably an exceptionally good aim. You need to be able to land those headshots consistently, her gun does so little damage per shot but it has a high fire-rate, don’t try assassinating even a Mercy without headshots. Keeping track of hacked health packs is also on your list, although that’s quite easy. A good Sombra will hack the enemy tank before an engage too, getting in that position and successfully executing the hack is something not all players can do.


3. Genji

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Genji has arguably the highest skill ceiling in the entire game, there are endless possibilities when it comes to combos and hitting the backline. His mobility and utility allow him to stay safe, in fact many Genji players feel they rarely die but rarely contribute throughout a game. This is why he’s so difficult, you need to match that mobility with good accuracy and smart plays. Hitting your shurikens isn’t the easiest thing to do, but to do it in the correct situations means the difference between a win and a loss. No one wants a Genji who is routinely front-flipping around the enemy team without doing much else, but a Genji who can do that while doing meaningful damage? That’s a considerably different story.


2. Hanzo


A bow and arrow will never be easy to use, regardless of the game. Sacrificing fire-rate for damage, Hanzo is very difficult to use as missing one shot is a massive blow. His Scatter Shot is great for picking off squishies but besides that, you really need a great aim and land headshots. His Ultimate seems like something you can just throw out and emote while the triple kills come in but that also requires thought and planning. If you can play him right go ahead because a good Hanzo is a bane for the enemy team.


1. McCree

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McCree has to be number 1 on this list, there’s just so many aspects that are grueling to learn. His revolver has 6 shots which you need to make count as his reload is quite long (in comparison to other DPS heroes).  Landing those shots requires a wealth of experience and practice, far more than any other hero. Positioning is key too, as he has limited mobility and a low HP count. His ultimate is a nightmare to use without setup, he’s overall the most difficult hero to play!

6 thoughts on “Top 10 Hardest Overwatch Heroes

  • October 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

    How Torb is on here and Ana isn’t astounds me.

  • February 5, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I main mccree but it took me a very long time and I agree

    • February 17, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      I used to play Mcree and it was easy for me

  • February 21, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Is this some sick joke? I know its old but still.. Rein have one of the most easy mechanics in game… McCree with buffs he got its just rightclick machine… Zarya is not that hard as well and Torb? LOL

    • February 21, 2019 at 9:01 am

      It has been a long time haha I quit Overwatch but played it a month or so ago, still reached Plat after placements but the level of play has increased significantly

  • November 17, 2019 at 1:24 am

    I would swap Genji with McCree and Hanzo with Torbjörn because Hanzos storm bow can be op against low hp heroes such as mercy and Baptiste .


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