Perfect Pair: Overwatch Heroes and LoL Champs (Offense)

Jul 26, 2016

Player personalities tend to be transferable from game to game, and it turns out that in-game characters across different titles share some eerily similar traits. Among two of the most popular games right now – Overwatch and League of Legends – quite a few parallels could be drawn between some of their characters. This series will attempt to perfectly pair a League champion for each Overwatch hero; some might not be as obvious as you think!

Genji: Master Yi

Genji Yi

This one is as obvious as it gets. Not only do they both have resets on kill, both of these characters have big ass swords they use to carve up their enemies. It’s tough to say which one is more mobile, and despite fragility, they have ways of preventing damage altogether (Alpha Strike/Deflect). The most unifying trait though is noticed by their teammates: when these two heroes feed, they nourish entire villages; but in the hands of skilled players, they’re virtually unstoppable.

McCree: Pantheon

McCree Pantheon

McCree is a tough one, given his thematic similarities to Graves and Twisted Fate. However, i don’t see any better pair skill-wise than Pantheon. McCree has the ultimate anti-fun ability – an near-impossible to miss Flashbang. Sound similar to Pantheon’s Aegis of Zeonia (W)? Even moreso, they both have unfairly strong single target harass. When things get too hairy, Jesse McCree ‘Fans the Hammer’, while Pantheon wildly waves his Heartseeker Strike.

Pharah: Miss Fortune

Pharah Miss Fortune

No other characters die more often while ulting. Both Pharah and Miss Fortune have to put themselves in a vulnerable and still state in order to unleash their bigass area-of-effect ultimates. In addition, their long ranges and ability to dish out tons of damage make them pretty alike.

Reaper: Fiddlesticks

Reaper Fiddlesticks

Die Die Die!!! Caw Caw Caw!!!. The first time I was ulted by Reaper, nightmares of my early League of Legends days immediately struck. Though these two picks inspire fear with their ultimates at lower levels, the rest of their respective kits becomes much more frightening with some experience. I almost ended up making this pair between Yasuo and Reaper – the players who pick these two characters tend to have the edgiest names, e.g. xXShadowKillerXx, DeathBringer557, -Insert Synonym for Darkness-.

Soldier: 76: Jayce

Soldier76 Jayce

Soldier was a tough one. There are no dad figures in League of Legends, but Jayce actually lines up quite well. These alpha males thrive in mid-long range combat, having solid DPS while sometimes dropping a powerful explosion in the area. If that’s not enough, Commander Morrison and Daredevil: 76 are just as provocatively ‘douchey’ as Jayce’s default and Debonair costumes.

Tracer: Ekko

Tracer Ekko

There’s no other option here. These annoying brats are both masters of:

  • Messing around with time
  • Diving your supports unsuspectingly
  • ‘Unkillable-ness’, regardless of how squishy they may seem
  • Being Eager-Beavers

Tomorrow we’ll be doing defense, but I swear I get more offensive Torbjorns and Bastions these days…

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Jungroan Lin
Jungroan "Jezie" Lin is a Challenger League of Legends player, former top lane player for Complexity Gaming, and former jungler for Team Green Forest. He spent 6 months of his life playing only Renekton, Shyvana, and Dr. Mundo while failing to qualify for the LCS. Jungroan is currently pursuing his M.A. in Political Science at UBC.
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