Overwatch 2 players fear Junker Queen is reviving infamous GOATS meta

. Last updated: July 25, 2022

Overwatch 2’s newest tank heroine, Junker Queen, has players worried that she’s helping to revive GOATS – a controversial meta that plagued the first game in both ranked and pro play.

The honeymoon for Overwatch 2’s newest hero is over. After the second beta ended and players waited for the third to come out along with a new support, fans had to get their OW2 fix elsewhere.

While the Overwatch League is currently on brief hiatus following the Midseason Madness tournament, players have been watching Contenders and getting a first glimpse of how Junker Queen is performing at a high level, and the results have been concerning for some.

Although Overwatch 2 consists of 5v5 gameplay with one less tank on each team, some have noticed how Junker Queen’s sustain abilities created a GOATS-like meta.

Junker Queen brings GOATS back to Overwatch 2

Junker Queen in OW2


Junker Queen’s Commanding Shout creates a GOATS-like meta.

GOATS was an infamous meta that preceded Overwatch’s implementation of role queues. The heroes of the composition were sometimes different, but it often consisted of three tanks and three supports, or in some cases a single DPS.

The composition was so successful because of its sustainability. In addition to tanks with lots of HP, support heroes like Brigitte have been giving teammates extra health with Rally and their Repair Packs.

Now, players have discovered that Junker Queen’s Commanding Shout ability offers sustain, which can bring back some of the GOATS-era gameplay by giving teammates 100 extra HP.

OWL host Jonathan “steps up” Larsson expressed concern on Twitter after seeing Contenders gameplay.

“Is it really just Junker Queen GOATS with Lucio/Brig because Commanding Shout is OP?” he asked.

“Shout just counters any other comp,” Darkmode Tank Infected replied.

Others likened Junker Queen’s Commanding Shout to a Brigitte rally “on cooldown,” going on to emphasize how the ability could benefit from some dev nerfs.

OW2 players request skill changes

On Reddit, fans questioned how area heals stack in Overwatch 2 when Lucio, Brigitte, and Junker Queen combine into a highly sustainable team.

“Pros will always try to force a high sustain meta whenever possible because it has proven to be strong,” commented user ‘AvianOW’, who suggested some changes. “They should prevent AoE heals from stacking. Back when we didn’t have borders, they prevented multiple Lucio healers from being stacked. This should have happened when GOATS was meta and didn’t allow multiple healing auras to work at the same time.”

Others pointed out that the developers have nerfed Commanding Shout before and felt that changing the AoE healing would only do more damage to Lucio and Brigitte.

Depending on if and how the Contenders meta infiltrates the Overwatch League, we may see some additional changes to Junker Queen for the third beta, particularly with the ongoing GOATS comparisons.

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Emma James

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