An Overwatch fan site is attempting to give players a better idea of how each of the game’s 21 heroes is performing. The website tracks wins, kills, deaths and more.
At the end of every Overwatch match, the game gives players a quick snapshot of the best performances. More in-depth statistics are available to Overwatch players from within their own play history, but there’s not an official resource available to take a look at the player base as a whole.
Enter fan site Master Overwatch with the solution. The website tracks a ton of data related to Overwatch players across all platforms, but there is a catch: players need to add themselves to the database in order to show up on the site.
The site’s owners told PC Gamer that more than 800,000 players have signed up so far for its tracking services. That’s a sizeable amount, but keep in mind that Overwatch has a player base of at least 7 million. Still, that 800,000 is probably a large enough sample to start getting an idea of how the game’s 21 heroes are performing.
Gamespot notes that Symmetra currently has a win rate of 61.7 percent across all platforms. Torbjorn and his turret are currently in second place at 61.6 percent and Lucio and his cool roller skates are next at 57.8 percent.
On the flip side of the coin, Mercy players haven’t fared very well, winning just 48 percent of their games. Mercy also has the worst kill-to-death ratio of any character. That’s not unexpected as Mercy definitely tends to stay on the back lines during combat and is almost always healing or damage boosting another character instead of shooting at anyone directly.
Another hero with a lower win rate is McCree, at 49 percent. That may surprise some gamers as McCree is scheduled to receive a nerf from Blizzard. Keep in mind though that there are a lot of things going on in a team-based shooter that can affect whether a team wins or loses, and not just one overpowered ability or combination.
There are also interesting deviations in the statistics between platforms. Widowmaker boasts a strong kill to death ratio on PC but is pretty average on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Sniper characters may unsurprisingly benefit from a keyboard and mouse.
Blizzard has not commented on the site and the site’s creators did tell PC Gamer that they are being careful not to do anything that might offend the Irvine, California developer. “Of course, we are nervous if Blizzard decides to remove access or prevent these sorts of things, but that is why we are very, very careful, despite the frequency that we have been releasing features, about the quality of those features that we introduce,” one of the site’s owners said.
Master Overwatch may also have to adjust how it calculates stats for each platform if Blizzard ever follows through on the idea of cross-platform play. The introduction of a new character might also temporarily skew the data, but for now, Master Overwatch appears to be a worthwhile bookmark for any serious fan of the game.
Overwatch is out now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Source: PC Gamer