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Who are the best heroes for beginners in Overwatch 2? Answered

Everyone starts somewhere.

With dozens of heroes to choose from in Overwatch 2, it can be a daunting task to learn and find your favorites. Luckily, Blizzard has implemented an unlock system to allow new players to learn them at a pace that is more comfortable. However, you will still have multiple choices when you get into an online match with friends. Here are our recommendations for the best Overwatch 2 heroes to try out as a beginner sorted by their role class.

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The best Overwatch heroes for new players

Tanks

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  • D.Va
    • D.Va is one of the most flexible heroes in Overwatch 2. Her Defense Matrix stops all incoming projectiles, she can use her Boosters to reach just about anywhere on the map, and when her mech loses health, she pops out to give you a second chance to get it back before being sent back to the spawn room. It’s no wonder she has always been one of the most popular heroes in the game.
  • Roadhog
    • Roadhog is about as simple of a Tank as it gets because he does not have many abilities to protect his teammates. His main use is to throw out his hook and pull enemies towards him to get an easy shot off on them. When he is damaged, he can use Take a Breather to recover a bunch of health and gain a temporary defensive buff.

Damage

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  • Soldier 76
    • Soldier 76 is about as close as Overwatch 2 gets to having a standard FPS character. If you have spent most of your gaming time playing games like Call of Duty, you will have a good idea of how to play him. His assault rifle is pretty standard in that space, and he can throw down a healing field for himself. Activating his Tactical Visor gives you an aimbot that always hits targets in his sight.
  • Torbjorn
    • Torbjorn’s biggest calling card is the automated turret he deploys. Just plop it down and let it shoot up enemies while you go around and shoot them from another angle. If they destroy it, just throw it down again in a spot that is less likely for it to be in the line of fire. His arcing primary fire takes a little bit to get used to, but everything else about him is very easy.

Support

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  • Lucio
    • Lucio has two area of effect sounds that you swap between to give yourself and your teammates either a speed boost or healing. When enemies get too close or on the ledge of a pit, you can boop them away for easy protection and eliminations. For more escape strategies, you can easily ride along walls.
  • Mercy
    • Mercy is one of the most popular Overwatch 2 heroes because of how useful and easy she is to manage. While she has a pistol to protect herself, your main focus will be swapping between giving a damage boost and healing your teammates when needed. When teammates are far away, you can also lock on to them and fly in their direction, giving you a good escape option when enemies get in your face.

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John Hansen is a Full-time Staff Writer for Gamepur as well as a host for the YouTube channel Pixel Street Videos where he co-hosts a weekly gaming podcast and more. His favorite games include Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Breath of the Wild, Left 4 Dead 2, and Overwatch. He covers Overwatch 2 and other FPS titles, Minecraft, Sonic the Hedgehog, Legend of Zelda, and whatever zombie games are placed in front of him.