I get everyone is constantly comparing Rein and orisa. Personally I think if they just made fortify available more and solid, she’d be able to create enough space without barrier that they’d be basically equal. It’s just a question of how long Devs can hold out being stubborn now that they’ve committed to being “aggressive”.
The thing I don’t really see anyone talking about is Winston… anyone that has played since release -knows- that Winston was originally a main tank, just dive instead of death ball. People actually argue about this now.
Some small differences between them that I think add up to a significant power discrepancy:
Their best complement is Zarya. The peel they have is great, but Zarya will nearly always be better off with rein because:
Winston is weak to armor, and Rein is burst damage. Rein also has minor knockback, so he’s literally creating space as he’s in because you don’t want to lose control, even if it’s minor, so you’re going to get out of his range.
Reinhardt not only has the best barrier in the game, and a better weapon than Winston, but he has 200 armor and 300 health. And he also has knockback resistance. Winston on the other hand, has only 100 armor and 400 health, while having a weapon weak to armor… why?
Rein either can engage with a charge that is a 1HKO, or he can slowly advance with his amazing shield and knockback resistance.
Winston has to engage with his leap and risk getting airborne damage with a worse weapon and likeliness of sustaining airborne damage which is why coordinating with a Zarya is so necessary and is actually -hard- to do, whereas a Zarya is just gonna watch a rein and get effortless charge even when not in voice chat. He has no knockback resistance, and might be able to create minor space + block some healing if he dives backline, but with that small period of time you’re without leap you’re highly vulnerable, which makes it better to be super sneaky with positioning to get into place but risk your team having a few seconds of a 5v6 teamfight until you can get in.
Rein has one of the best ults in the game, can combo with half the roster. Winston is really just clutch in OT when you wanna push people off payload, or when you wanna disrupt backline to interrupt healing while team pushes frontline, doesn’t combo with anyone.
Idk. Winston feels way weaker than rein. And I know skill matters but pickrate and winrate in higher tiers says a lot as well as just how the kits look on paper as well as how they feel in game.