The Overwatch League is home to many talented players. They pour their heart, sweat, and tears into every game they play, giving their all for audiences around the world. The circuit has an incredibly talented player count, and you can find some exceptional talent on every team that’s part of the League – but there are definitely some deserving of a special mention. Each of the twenty teams has fantastic players, but those listed below are the best Overwatch players who have caught our eyes for their stellar performances.
If you’ve often found yourself wondering who is the best Overwatch player, look no further than this list. We’ve broken down the hottest, top-most talent in the Overwatch League right now in a bid to settle the debate.
The Top Overwatch Players for 2022
With this season integrating the 5vbest5 changes with the release of Overwatch 2 on October 4th, 2022, the gameplay performance and the viewership of the League changed dramatically. Many casual players feared a lack of communication between the developers on the game’s progress. With only the best Overwatch players in the world having prior access to the beta to prepare for the season, many fans cried that Overwatch was dying. Thus, the professional teams were left to formulate new compositions and strategies.
So, from the best Overwatch teams in the ranking, here’s the list of the top fifteen best Overwatch players in the world.
1. SP9RKLE of Dallas Fuel
Yeongham Kim, from Seoul, South Korea, is a DPS player for the Dallas Fuel. Formerly debuting with the Paris Eternal, the 20-year-old SP9RKLE was stripped of his “Best Doomfist Player” title when the character was reworked as a tank.
Thankfully, his play on other flanker characters has remained similarly eye-catching, netting him nearly 2000 total eliminations this season as well as one of the lowest death counts overall. Kim was the winning recipient of the Dennis Hawkelka award in 2021. He was a key player in snagging the Fuel’s win for the Summer Showdown 2022 tournament. His total winnings as of this 2022 season: $223,152.
We’d consider SP9RKLE the best Overwatch player in the world – at least, for now!
2. PROPER of San Francisco Shock
Kim Dong-hyun, also hailing from South Korea, is a flex DPS player for the San Fransisco Shock. This was the 18-year-old’s first year as an OWL player, having been recruited from the Contenders esports organization O2 Blast. Kim has left quite the impression with his Genji, Sojourn, and especially Tracer highlights, surprising fans with multiple back-to-back eliminations over the course of the season.
He was a major contributor to the Shock’s 20-game win streak during the 2022 season, the longest in the League’s history. San Fransisco Shock finished 2nd in the 2022 regular season. He scored Rank 1 in Final Blows, Eliminations, and Most Damage Done on the 2022 scoreboard, easily landing him a spot as a finalist for the title of this year’s Overwatch League MVP. His total winnings as of this 2022 season: $128,305, firmly establishing him as one of the best players in Overwatch.
3. TWILIGHT of Toronto Defiant
Juseok Lee, born and raised in Mokpo, South Korea, is already an Overwatch League veteran at 24 years old and easily one of the top Overwatch players. His resume boasts the 2019 Vancouver Titans and 2020 San Francisco Shock. As a support player, it’s up to him to keep his teammates healed up. While he initially dominated as Zenyatta back in 2019, it was his Ana plays that really pulled fans into his orbit.
Scoring just shy of 1.4M total healing this season, he undeniably had his teammates’ backs from afar. At the same time, not afraid to swap to Brigette or Baptiste and join the fight up close and personal, netting him 1.8K total enemy eliminations over the course of the season. He is one of the few players to participate in the playoff tournament 3 seasons in a row. His total winnings as of this 2022 season: $593,405.
4. DANTEH of Houston Outlaws
Dante Cruz, from Chicago, Illinois, initially started out as a DPS player for the San Fransisco Shock before being signed to the Houston Outlaws in 2019. However, this 2022 season, the 23-year-old made the swap to a new role as a tank, catching many viewers and longtime fans by surprise. However, after showing off his play on the newly-reworked tank Doomfist, all doubts about his suitability for the new role seemed to seep away.
His strategic plays help stall objectives and keep the enemy team distracted, letting his teammates go all in and strike. There’s no doubting the fact that DANTEH is one of the top Overwatch players, for sure. With him on the squad, Houston Outlaws finished 6th in the 2022 regular season. His total winnings as of this 2022 season are $41,733.
5. PROFIT of Seoul Dynasty
Junyoung Park from Jinju, South Korea, is not only one of the best Tracers in the Overwatch League but is considered to be one of the best DPS players by fans and teammates alike. The 22-year-old got his start by originally playing for the London Spitfire, earning him the championship of the inaugural season, with winnings up to $1M, as well as the title of MVP. He was the first player in the history of the League to reach 10K eliminations during the 2020 season.
Since making the swap to Seoul Dynasty, he continued to outshine his opponents, keeping his team up in the high rankings, though now as a support player, sticking into team fights as Brigette. He is rumoured to have another shot of winning MVP again for the 2022 season. His total winnings as of this 2022 season are $524,771.
6. KEVSTER of Los Angeles Gladiators
Kevin Persson of Sweden is a DPS player with Tracer plays that could match up with Profit and Saebyeolbe, who was previously considered the best Tracer player in the Overwatch League before retiring. He was a mystery to fans at the start of his career, as the 21-year-old never showed his face during games until his unofficial “face reveal” in June of 2021.
The Gladiators have had an enormous win streak, placing 3rd in the Western standings of the regular season, and fans consider Kevin and his teammates to be the greatest and strongest the Gladiators have ever been. That’s one of the driving reasons that KEVSTER is considered to be one of the best players in Overwatch. His total winnings as of this 2022 season are $205,296.
7. ULTRAVIOLET of Atlanta Reign
Benjamin David, from the United States, is a support player, and newcomer to the Overwatch League, the 2022 season being his breakout year. After proving himself in Overwatch Contenders, the young 18-year-old quickly became a favourite among fans as one of the better flex support players in the West rankings.
While his primary supports to back up his team are Ana and Baptiste, it’s his Zenyatta plays where he’s hugging walls and corners, avoiding enemy attacks almost consistently that’s captivated the League audience. Atlanta Reign finished 7th in the regular season. His total winnings as of this 2022 season are $78,818.
8. LIP of Shanghai Dragons
Jae Won Lee, from Ulsan, South Korea, joined the Shanghai Dragons as a DPS player after participating in the Overwatch Shanghai Masters Invitational back in 2019. The 20-year-old has a wide range skill set, mastering high-hit scan characters from Ashe, Cassidy, and Widowmaker, however, it’s his stats on Sombra that’s gotten everyone excited. He earned the Top spot in the 2022 leaderboard for most solo kills in the season.
His strategic movements and hacks helped Shanghai win 1st place in the 2022 Summer Showdown tournament. Jae was crowned MVP in 2021, and nominated for MVP again this season. His total winnings of this 2022 season are $496,619.
9. SMURF of Seoul Dynasty
Myeong Hwan of Jeonju, South Korea, 22 years old, is a tank player for the Seoul Dynasty. After earning many team victories with champion team San Fransisco Shock since the start of his Overwatch League career in 2018, he made the swap to Seoul Dynasty this 2022 season.
While not as flashy as his old counterpart SUPER, who was proclaimed the best tank player in the League, with his intense knowledge of Orisa, Winston, and Wrecking Ball, each tank hero with distinctively different movement and playstyles, he’s become a fan favourite. His carries helped bring his team 1st place in the 2022 Kickoff Clash tournament, and finish 4th in the East leaderboard of the 2022 regular season. His average winnings as of this 2022 season are $720,276.
10. SHY of Hangzhou Spark
Zheng Yangjie, from Beijing, China, is a rookie DPS player for Hangzhou Spark. Compared to other DPS players on our list, if it’s a sniper you’re looking for, Zheng is your go-to guy. It’s hard to imagine this 19-year-old originally started out as a support player (even awarded Best Support in 2017 at the Overwatch All-Stars Ceremony) before making the swap to DPS during his Contender Overwatch tournaments.
But it’s thanks to all his training from his previous role that he’s able to pick off his enemies’ supports from their backline so quickly with heroes like Ashe, Sojourn and Widowmaker, paving the way for his team to get a solid win. Hangzhou Spark placed 1st in the 2022 Countdown Cup. His total winnings as of this 2022 season are $45,142.
11. LeeJaeGon of Shanghai Dragons
Jaegon Lee, born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, is a rookie support player for the Shanghai Dragons. When it comes to comparing him to other support players in the League, the 21-year-old is credited with being the most creative. Before joining the Overwatch League, in 2017 he trained under Dae-Hoon “Runner” Yoon and his team RunAway where he learned to grow to his full potential before joining Overwatch Contenders in 2018.
He then later qualified for the Overwatch League in 2021. His go-to characters are Lucio and Baptiste, and they come in handy when he wants to do some risky plays such as spawn camping the enemy team or ulting them in their backline. They were enough to help Shanghai take the gold in the Summer Showdown Tournament. His total winnings as of this 2022 season are $435,357.
12. FunnyAstro of Los Angeles Gladiators
Daniel Hathaway, from Reading, England, is a support player for the Los Angeles Gladiators. He’s bounced around from multiple teams over the course of the League (Atlanta, and Philadelphia) but seems to have found his footing with the Gladiators. Similar to Jaegon Lee, the 22-year-old is also a strict Lucio main, with 98% time played this entire season. In the Overwatch competitive rankings, he’s placed Rank 1 in multiple countries.
He’s helped the Gladiators finish 3rd in the 2022 regular season and 1st place in the 2022 Overwatch Kickoff Clash and Overwatch Midseason Madness tournaments. His total winnings as of this 2022 season are $246,639.
13. FLETA of Shanghai Dragons
Byungsun Kim, born in Namyangju, South Korea, is a DPS player for the Shanghai Dragons. Kim got his start in the Overwatch League with the Seoul Dynasty in the 2018 season before being signed by Shanghai Dragons in 2019.
He was named the Overwatch All-Star for three consecutive seasons in a row. The 23-year-old was also awarded the MVP title in 2020, and again made the nomination for the award in 2021. Kim is the first and only player to have an official game “stat” named after him. With these achievements, FLETA is up there on the list of the League’s best DPS players. His total winnings as of this 2022 season are $598,152.
14. HANBIN of Dallas Fuel
Hanbeen Choi, born in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, is a tank player for Dallas Fuel. Originally with Paris Eternal, Hanbeen made the swap to Dallas in 2020, as their new off-tank. With the 5v5 change, meaning matches no longer required two tanks per game, there were concerns if he’d be able to keep up against other enemy teams like his old tank rival POKO.
The 20-year-old was quick to pick up the game’s newest tank hero Junkerqueen, allowing him to get up close and personal in team fights with his DPS teammates thanks to her melee heal kit. These team fight wins earned him the spotlight and a nomination for the 2022 MVP slot. His total winnings as of this 2022 season are $242,303.
15. SOMEONE of Florida Mayhem
Jeong-Wan Ham, aged 18 years old, was born and raised in South Korea. A rookie tank player for Florida Mayhem, his lack of experience is not to be underestimated. At the start of his Overwatch League career in 2021, he was a grounded Reinhardt and Winston tank player. While Winston is a strong pick for Ham, a different tank is his real secret weapon to his success. After some practice, Zarya is considered his best tank overall stats-wise.
He’s first in highest/average energy charge with a high of 47%, 3rd in total damage dealt, 2nd in highest eliminations with over 3K, and first place in average final blows with a score of 7 for this 2022 season. While Florida Mayhem is finishing in the middle ground of the standings at #7, it’s thanks to Jeong-Wan and his fantastic teamwork skills that helped keep his team from sinking to the playoff cut-off. His total winnings as of this 2022 season are $30,631.
That’s our list of the top Overwatch players for the 2022 season. It was difficult to narrow it down to 15. All the players of the Overwatch League, both on and off our list have given it their all. Do you like our picks? Have any suggestions on who should have been added? Are there any players you think will stick around or retire? Let us know.
(Image credits: Blizzard Entertainment)