Finding the right Meta for your Overwatch skins!
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Overwatch is a 5 year old game now, isn’t that crazy? 5 years is a lot of time to think about how it was all wasted playing this one game. (That’s not true, I’ve played other things, because I don’t want to exaggerate just how much OW I have played during its time.)
Just as well. in it’s 5 year span, the game has collected a shit-ton of skins for every character. And since the player base is all about playing a specific meta, I have painstakingly determined which meta should be played based solely on character skins. So grab your team of 6*( soon to be 5, in OW2) and rock your enemies as a fabulously coordinated group!
*Some metas may not work out to being a full team. Some Metas even require skins that you can no longer get.
Also, there’s most likely going to be some overlap. This is by no means a perfect list and the Meta is going to change as the years go by. Some skins just also get to work well in other categories.
Since the days of Captain Planet, Mother Nature has always been a force to reckon with. With the looming threat of climate change, due to humanity's ability to slowly kill the earth we live on, find escapism in a video game with this nature themed set. Surely the blunt force of the Reinhardt 2020 Atlantic all-stars skin will make big pollution quaking in their boots.
Skins: Echo (Moth), Orisa (Forest Spirit), Moira (Venus), Reinhardt (2020 Atlantic All-stars),
Technicality: Bastion (Overgrown), Reinhardt (Griefhardt)
Suns out, gun out, bleach those buns out(?) play those Overwatch heroes at their most hottest skins available. Take shade under a tree with Ana, or save a team-mate that goes too far into the deep-end with a Pharah/Mcree combo. There’s really no tanks that work too well with this Meta, unless you’re taking Zarya to MUSCLE BEACH.
Skins: Ana (Cabana), Baptiste (Tropical), Bastion (Sand Castle), D.Va (Waveracer), Echo (Surf’s up), Hanzo (Wave), Junkrat (Beachrat), Mcree (Lifeguard), Pharah (Lifeguard), Soldier (Grillmaster), Sombra (Tulum), Torb(Surf’n’Turf), Widowmaker (Cote D’Azur)
Technicality: Zarya (Workout), Roadhog (Toa)
Take me out to the baaaaallll gaaaammeeee, take me out to the crowwwwd, buy me some peanuts and crackerjack, I don’t care if we tell every character to show up to the baseball diamond getting ready to play a different sport, cause that’s exactly what’s happening with this Meta. Perhaps Football would be more fun to watch if there was an MMA fighter ready to take down the quarterback.
Skins: Doomfist(Karate), Genji(Kendoka), Junkrat(Cricket), Reinhardt( Gridironhardt), Lucio( Breakaway, Slapshot, Striker, Selecao), Mei( MM-Mei), Reaper( Biker), Roadhog( Lacrosse), Symmetra( Figure skater), Tracer( Sprinter, Track and Field), Winston( Catcher), Wrecking Ball( Lucio Ball), Zarya( Champion, Weightlifter), Zenyatta( Fastball)
Like co-ordinating with your team but dislike wacky skins that are all over the place? Well enjoy the sleek-sexy designs of the default skins but with a carbon fiber look.) Sometimes the simplest metas are the deadliest. Just don’t forget your shades. (Ashe gets a HUGE technicality in this category, cause it’s more about B.O.B.)
Skins: Brigette( Carbon Fiber), D.Va( Carbon Fiber, Midnight), Doomfist( Carbon Fiber), Echo( Carbon Fiber), Genji( Carbon Fiber), Orisa( Carbon Fiber), Pharah( Carbon Fiber), Reinhardt( Blackhardt), Sigma( Carbon Fiber), Zarya( Midnight), Zenyatta( Carbon Fiber).
Technicality: Ashe(Posh), Baptiste(Spec Ops), Hanzo( Kyogisha).
As if you still haven’t gotten over all those sea-shanties from the beginning of 2021, well grab yer best mates, and annoy your enemies with references to pirate-y things. That won’t get old fast at all!
Skins: Ana( Corsair), Baptiste( Pirate, Buccaneer), Junkrat( Bilgerat), Roadhog( Sharkbait, Mako), Sigma( Flying Dutchman), Torbjorn( Barbosa, Blackbeard).
Technicality: Torbjorn( Viking).
Though we’re nearing (hopefully) the tail-end of a pandemic, it resulted in massive amounts of unemployment rates globally. A lot of people resorted to Overwatch to pass the time, giving OW lots of money even though there hasn’t been any new content in OVER A YEAR. But don’t you just miss having a job? This is the Meta for you.
Skins: Brigitte( Engineer, Mechanic, Feshkarn), Mei( Firefighter, Rescue Mei, Beekeeper, Honeydew), Mercy (Dr. Ziegler), Moira( Scientist), Reinhardt( Conductor), Symmetra( Vishkar, Architect), Torb(Ironclad)
Be gay do crimes m i rite, youth of today? Nothing like sticking it to the man, with plucky rebelion. You can be mobsters, Gang members or just a punk. Not that it’s particularly a big part of the meta, but choose the best sprays for these skin, and get those old-fogeys on the other team to think of you as a real asshole. * Ashe, Junkrat and Roadhog already fit into this category by default.
Skins: Ashe( Mobster, Gangster), Junkrat( King Jamison), Lucio( Corredor), Mcree( Mystery Man, Vigilante), Roadhog( Militia), Sombra( Azúcar, Los Muertos), Tracer( Graffiti, Punk, Ultraviolent), Torbjorn( Deadlock, Chopper)
Sure, there’s been controversy in the past about a couple of characters getting police centric skins in the game. But little do people realize that the game is about future-cops. The name of the game IS the POLICE! So beat it into your opponents, that Overwatch is here to give you a reason why they were disbanded in the first place. Don’t actually roleplay the part though, it’s dark enough as it is.
Skins: Ana( Captain Amari), Brigitte( Riot Police), D.Va( Officer), Mercy( Combat Medic), Reinhardt( LT. Wilhelm), Soldier 76( Strike Commander Morrison, Formal 76), Tracer (Cadet Oxton)
Technicality: Reaper(Blackwatch Reyes), Genji( Blackwatch), Mcree( Blackwatch), Moira( Blackwatch)
A personal favourite of mine, is the meta where characters are just wearing civilian clothes. That’s it, that’s all you need for this meta. Whether they’re going out somewhere fancy or just having a day off, this Meta is about all of those!
Skins: Ana( Cabana), Ashe( Socialite), Baptiste( Tropical), D.Va( Cruiser), Doomfist( Formal), Hanzo( Scion, Casual), Mcree( On the range), Mei( Pajamei, Echopoint), Pharah( Aviator), Soldier( Ugly Sweater 76), Torbjorn( Lumberjack, Ironclad, Chief Engineer), Widowmaker( Biathlon), Zarya( Snowboarder, Workout)
This is almost a catch-all category. Because what does it even mean to be party meta? Toys? The 80s? The dumbest skins in the game? Perhaps every game is a party in your own little way but these are the ones I’ve deemed to be peak Party-meta. Get out those dance emotes!
Skins: Ashe( Mardi Gras), Baptiste( Funky), Bastion( Brick), D.Va (Nano Cola?!) Echo( Bird of Paradise), Junkrat( Junkfood, Circus), Lucio( Jazzy, Equalizer), Moira( Glam, Moon), Orisa( Icecream), Reaper( Masquerade, Mariachi, El Blanco), Roadhog( Pachimari), Summetra( Magician, Holi), Tracer( Comic), Widowmaker( Comtesse, Huntress), Wrecking Ball( High Roller, 8ball, paper cutting) Zarya( 80s) Zenyatta( Toybot)
A really easy meta to get into, as it seems some of the best skins for any meta come out around Halloween time. Mostly undead with a couple of killers in there for good measure. The meta is guaranteed to give teams nightmares (Permitting, you’re really good at the game. So good in fact that you will haunt your opponents thoughts with the constant dread they will never be good as you.)
Skins: Ana ( Pharaoh, Ghoul), Baptiste( Vampire), D.Va( Shin-Ryeong), Doomfist( Swamp Monster, Spirit) Echo (Ragdoll, Good and Evil), Junkrat( Junkenstien), Genji( Oni, Karasu-Tengu), Hanzo( Dai-Tengu, Demon), Lucio( Gorgon), Mcree( Undead), Mei( Jianshi), Mercy( Witch), Moira( Banshee), Pharah( Enchanted Armor, Possessed), Reaper( Pumpkin, Dracula, Shiver), Reinhardt( Coldhardt), Roadhog( Toxic, Junkenstien’s Monster), Soldier( Slasher: 76, Immortal), Sombra( Bride), Symmetra( Vampire), Tracer( Will’o’Wisp), Winston( Werewolf, Gargoyle), Wrecking Ball( Jack’o’Lantern), Zenyatta( Cultist, Skullyatta).
There’s nothing discouraging you from mixing Doom/Hell Meta with Spooky Meta, this is just making it a more specific thing to group with. Probably has to do with all the fiery bits and Diablo like things.
Skins: Roadhog( Butcher), Ashe ( Warlock), Doomfist( Blackhand), Junkrat( Inferno), Orisa( Demon), Reaper( Hellfire), Reinhardt( Bloodhardt), Symmetra( Dragon), Genji( Atlantic All-Star 2018), Mercy( Devil)
The Meta is simply “Characters that have skins in which they are stones” But if you wanted to get cute, this is where Junkrat’s Junkfood skin goes.
Skins: Baptiste( Terracotta), Brigitte( Stone), Bastion( Tombstone), Winston( Gargoyle)
Technicality: Reinhardt( Stonehardt) Such a reach too, because the armor is stone but not his head. GAWD!
War Meta specifically put characters in this category if they have a military based outfit. Which is also really lazy in that you can just ask yourself the question “Does this skin have camo of some kind on it? IT DOES? Wow, I guess that’s where it goes then. It’s a lot like the carbon fiber Meta in a way, but this one gives you the ability to shout HOO-RAH! Without it being too weird.
Skins: Ana (Sniper), Baptiste( Desert Ops, Camo, Combat Medic), Bastion (Gwishin), Echo( Stealth, Camo), Mercy( Camouflage), Orisa( Camouflage) Pharah (Security Chief), Reaper( Soldier 24), Reinhardt( Bundeswehr), Soldier( Commando, Night-Ops, Alpine), Winston( Desert), Zarya( Frosted, Siberian Front, Arctic) Bastion( Stealth)
Since CyberPunk 2077 was a lost cause, it’s time to saddle-up as Cyborg 76. What do we do with all the cyber ass looking skins? Do we just add the things have have cyber in the name or are we going for a specific look? Honestly, the meta could just be Ana and Sombra and I would be happy.
Skins: Ana( Cybermedic), Genji( Blackwatch), Hanzo (Cyberninja), Lucio( Equalizer), Soldier( Cyborg), Sombra( Fantasma, Augmented, Cyberspace), Torb(Cybjorn)
Technicality: More of a subset of cyber, but Oracle skins can go here if you think of it as some fuckin weird cyberpunk heirarchy. Moira ( Minister, Oasis), Sigma( Oracle, Prophet), Symmetra( Oasis).
This Meta is a lot like the party meta in a way. What does it mean to be sentai? You have one skin to really use and make it somehow work with a bunch of others. I think I’ve watched enough power rangers in my time to know what I’m talking about, okay? I’ve seen enough episodes to try and impress a girl. It didn’t work. Instead I’m putting this list together.
Skins:( Ghoul), Bastion (gearbot), D.Va( Academy), Doomfist( Irin, Caution), Echo( Ragdoll), Genji(Sentai, Oni), Junkrat( Hayseed, Scarecrow), Lucio( Ribbit, Hippity Hop), Mercy( Devil, Imp), Orisa( Megasoma, Dynastinae), Pharah( MechaQueen, Raptorion), Reaper (Plague Doctor, Nevermore), Reinhardt( Wujing), Roadhog( Bajie), Soldier( Venom), Sombra( Black Cat), Widowmaker( Scorpion, Pale Serpent), Winston( Wukong), Wrecking Ball( Biohazard), Zarya( Cyberian).
From Sentai to Santa is a very good segue. It doesn’t involve everything in the winter category just things that could be related to Mr. North Pole himself. But with the way Rudolph looks, there’s some weird kinks going on.
Skins: Junkrat( Krampus, Elf), Lucio( Andes), Mei( Mei-rry), Roadhog( Rudolph), Torbjorn( Santaclad), Tracer( Jingle).
Technicality: Ana( Gingerbread) every santa needs some kind of mother figure to set him straight)
This is the part of the winter theme that has all the bad guys in it. By technicality you can add Junkrat’s inferno skin to the meta if you’re going for some kind of Heat Miser/ Cold Miser thing with Roadhog.
Skins: Sigma( Rime), Sombra( Rime), Moira( Ice Empress), Doomfist( Jotunn), Pharah( Frostbite), Roadhog( Frosty)
The last of the winter Themed metas, and if you think about it, a subset of the adventure meta, but just a bit more specific. Mei captured the Yeti and forced it to fight on her side, with the help of some mountain locals. Oh ho ho! How cute!
Skins: Winston( Yeti), Mei( Yeti Hunter, Abominable), Mcree( Mountain Man), Torbjorn( Lumberjack)
Technicality: Bation( Avalanche) The conceit behind this is… how else are you going to capture a yeti?
This meta is all about skins that are more performative than the others. Fables, Operas, Ballets… you know that kind of stuff. Basically it’s comprised of metas that are just too small to be their own category. But maybe as the years go by, these metas will grow, and we can all be happy!)
Skins: Ana (Tal) Ashe ( Little Red, Tiger Huntress), Bastion (Dragon Fire), Brigitte( Opera), Hanzo( Kabuki), Lucio( Samul Nori), Mcree ( Scrooge), Mercy( Sugar Plum Fairy), Moira (Mask Dancer), Orisa( Sanye), Reaper( Rat King), Sigma( Maestro), Sombra (Face Changer), Symmetra( Magician) Tracer( Hong Gildong), Widowmaker( Pale Serpent, Odette, Odile) Mercy (Sigrun, Valkyrie)
Historical Meta is mostly in quotation marks here. I’m taking a bit of a liberty in what that means, but looking at the skins, you kind of “get it”. There’s enough there to make it work, the things in this list by technicality are the skins from the 2021 Archives event. To your discretion how you want to mix and match them, cause it kind of works, but only KIND OF.
Skins: Genji (BAIHU, BUSHI), Hanzo( Huang Zhong), Pharah( QingLong), Reinhardt( Guan Yu), Torbjorn( Zhang Fei), Zenyatta( Zhuge Liang) Reaper( Lu Bu, Imperial Guard) Brigitte( General), Mcree( Magistrate), Soldier 76( Soldier 1776), Tracer( Cavalry), Widowmaker( Mousquetaire), Zarya( Polyanitsa)
Adventure Meta is all about White people looking adventurous and fun while everyone else comes off looking like a racial stereotype. Like you wouldn’t think about it until you try out this meta, and really look deep within yourself if you’re okay with this. Hey, if you’re a fan of stuff like Indiana Jones, then this is perfectly fine. There is no real specific theme to this category, it's just casually racist.
Skins: Ashe( Safari, Jungle), Doomfist( Leopard, Monk, Spirit, skins like that) Genji( Nomad, Bedouin), Lucio( Capoeira), Mcree( Gambler, Riverboat), Pharah( Asp, Raindancer, Thunderbird, Bedouin), Roadhog( Toa, Islander), Sombra( Demon Hunter), Tracer( Slipstream), Widow( Comtesse, Huntress), Winston( Safari, Explorer), Wreaking Ball( Submarine) Zenyatta( Subaquatic)
Technicality: Brigitte( Shield Maiden)
Space Meta is Niche because it’s mostly Tanks. Only Pharah has enough rocket fuel in her jetpack to make it to the moon. But Space is also where Sigma is also in this category by default. It’s where he lost his shit! I guess it’s because no one could hear him screaming.
Skins: Pharah( Orbital), Sigma( Dr. De Kuiper), Zarya( Alien.. If people still even have it?) Zenyatta( Zen-Nakji) Winston( Specimen 28, Horizon), Wrecking Ball( Horizon, Lunar)
Talon Meta is separate from Crime Meta because Talon is just bigger than crime okay? Crime is small time, Talon is bigger picture! There’s a lot of big things in store for Talon. So why don’t you fuck around and find out?
Skins: Baptiste( Talon), Doomfist( Talon, Classic, Formal), Reaper( Default), Sigma( Talon), Moira( Default), Widow( Classic, Talon, Noire, almost every one of her skins works here.), Sombra( Talon)
I almost want to call this a joke meta because to get into “furry” you really just need to wear animal ears of some kind. Only a couple of characters in this Meta are animals, and some murdered animals to wear them on their person. *awkward laughter*
Skins: Ana (Snow Owl), Brig (Goat), D.Va( Black Cat), Doomfist( Swamp Monster), Echo( Kkachi), Genji( Karasu-Tengu), Hanzo (Lone Wolf, Okami), Lucio( Snow fox), Mei( Penguin), Mercy( Dragoon), Orisa( Bull Demon) Reaper (rat king), Roadhog( Bajie), Sombra( Black Cat), Symmetra( Dragon), Widow( Scorpion), Winston, Wrecking Ball, Zenyatta( Cultist)
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