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Torbjorn is destroying Overwatch on console

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We’ve all done it. Don’t sit here and pretend like you haven’t tried the six Tjorborn strategy. While this was a phase during beta and upon launch, the six Torbjorn strategy soon faded on PC as he became extremely easy to deal with, but it seems console players continue to run 5-6 Torbjorns making it extremely infuriating for the opposing team. On defense you can block off choke points and abuse the fact that your opponents are using a control to try quickly shoot down your turrets. Naturally this is near impossible when there are several on the field since when you kill one, another will take you down. You may ask, why don’t you just run it yourself? Well, where’s the fun in that? It’s extremely boring and really a waste of time.

Reddit user Bzimbardi expressed his heart-felt contempt in a long post about how Torbjorn has ruined Overwatch for him and many of his friends who would often play all day and night. It then seemed like a common problem on both Xbox One and Playstation 4 as commenters also expressed their concerns on Blizzard’s response, if there is any?

“My friends list has been slowly evaporating every time I login to Overwatch, and even people I picked up from this sub and their friends who I got by proxy are logging in less and less. We used to play until 3:30 am every damn day. Everyone is still online – but they’re off playing different games. Intermittently, just by picking up RL games or stopping into party chats, it’s the same story OVER and OVER and OVER. Nobody wants to play anymore because it is literally 4-6 Torbjorns on every defense. Hell, a lot of teams are taking him on offense now”

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The numbers also speak for themselves. According to Master Overwatch, a statistics recording site, there is a somewhat notable disparity between Console and PC when it comes to Torbjorn .

Torbjorn’s winrate:

  • Xbox One – 68.4%
  • Playstation 4 – 69%
  • PC  -59.8%

While this is not a huge difference, as expected, 10% is still enough to consider him overpowered to say the least. Having aim assist means nothing when you’re dealing with several turrets placed in choke holds, and there’s also the consideration that Torbjorn’s auto-attack and ultimate are extremely strong, especially when there are five on the field. It makes any push attempt near impossible, and if you’re able to breach the point or capture the payload, you have to do it all over again.

Tjorbjorn also has a much higher Kill to Death ratio on Console, and this proves that he is an absolute nightmare to deal with.

Torbjorn’s K/D:

  • Xbox One/PC difference – 10.2%
  • Playstation 4/PC difference – 12.4%

This is essentially means that on console players are getting over 10% more kills compared to deaths. While this may not seem like a lot, it is worth consideration noting that Torbjorn is the strongest hero on Console. Our only hope right now is that Blizzard include a specific nerf to Torbjorn on Console, perhaps decreasing his damage or range of the turret. Strategically Torbjorn is a good hero, but playing against five is not fun for anyone.


Last Updated: June 22, 2016

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