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Blizzard reveals the most played characters in the Overwatch 2 beta

The first Overwatch 2 PvP beta ended on May 17, leaving the development team with a lot of data to analyze before the next beta begins. Now, Blizzard has shared some of that data in a blog postwhich reveals some interesting stats on hero usage rates, win rates, and the effects of recent buffs and nerfs.

The blog reveals that Overwatch 2’s new damage hero Sojourn had a very high usage rate at the start of the beta, peaking at around 80%, meaning there was a Sojourn on both teams for more half the game time. Unsurprisingly for a new character, usage was incredibly high at the start of the beta and then dropped rapidly. Of the reworked characters, Orisa saw the highest usage, followed by Doomfist, then Bastion and Sombra.

Blizzard also shared a graph showing “weighted” results, where character usage rates are compared to the number of other heroes in the same role. This change in metrics drastically reduces Ana’s dominance in the original graph, while Sojourn and Orisa are clearly outliers with high relative usage rates.

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The post also includes hero win rates, something developers should keep in mind when discussing potential balance changes for the upcoming sequel. However, the data is much more complicated than it seems, as the blog post explains that the new characters that people are learning to play will generally have lower win rates than the heroes that players have been able to use since the beginning. release of the original Overwatch.

A series of graphs break down how the various beta patches affected win rates, showing that a balance patch released on May 5 immediately affected win rates for tweaked characters, with Zenyatta receiving a huge boost in wins. and Soldier 76 losing some of his dominance between damaging heroes.

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The full post is worth reading for those interested in how Overwatch 2 is developing. Fans should also stay tuned for more news on June 16, including details on how to be a part of the next beta.

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