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This is a page for more in-depth strategy with Winston, which includes tactics, teammates, and strength in certain hero matchups.

Playing against Winston Edit

Generally, Winston should be focused down by the team to minimize the amount of time he can spend causing chaos. Avoid being right next to each other, as the Tesla Cannon attacks multiple targets at once, but don't be too far sperad out.

Strong against Winston Edit

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Bastion

In Configuration: Sentry, Bastion hard-counters Winston. Its damage is high enough to destroy Winston's barrier in a little over a second, kills Winston in roughly the same amount of time, and has massive resistance to the Tesla Cannon's damage from both Ironclad and its own armor. Winston can't survive long enough to kill it even during Primal Rage. Even in Configuration: Recon, Bastion's innate armor, high HP pool, and powerful self-healing prevent Winston from being much of a threat to it.
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D.Va

D.Va's high armor and overall HP means Winston will have a tough time breaking her mecha. Because of his large hitbox and head hitbox, D.Va's Fusion Cannons will hit most, if not all of their pellets and deal hefty damage. If Winston decides to leap away, D.Va can use her Boosters to chase him down and confirm the kill. It is important to note that Winston can use his barrier to restrict Self-Destruct's area of effect.
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Mei

Mei can freeze Winston quite easily and doesn't need to worry about Winston's damage as much as most other heroes because of her slight 50 HP advantage, which noticeably increases Winston's time to kill. She can also use Ice Wall to close off his escape route and use Cryo-Freeze to heal off a large amount of damage done.
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Orisa

Orisa resists a hefty amount of Winston's damage with both Fortify and 200 armor. Her Fusion Driver will be able to hit most of its shots due to Winston's large hitbox, and can use Halt! to pull Winston back if he jumps out of the fight. Additionally, Because of Fortify's crowd control resistance, Winston cannot use Primal Rage to knock her off the map while it is active.
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Reaper

Like Mei, Reaper has a slight but noticeable 50 HP advantage to most heroes, except in Reaper's case, he can quickly kill Winston with the Hellfire Shotguns' massive close-range damage, as they deal their maximum damage even outside of Winston's maximum effective range. Reaper needs a minimum of 5 shots to destroy Winston's barrier, and a minimum of 3 to kill him outright, meaning it's possible for Reaper to eliminate Winston's defensive option AND the scientist himself in one clip. Additionally, Reaper can outheal Winston's damage from The Reaping's healing power, and will be able outheal the damage if Winston is using Primal Rage and knocking him into a corner repeatedly.
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Roadhog

Roadhog can kill Winston in a similar fashion to Reaper, albeit with a slower-firing gun. Roadhog can use his Chain Hook to bring Winston in for massive damage, such tactic also preventing his escape. Roadhog's Whole Hog can keep an enraged Winston trapped in a corner, and does more then enough damage to kill him while still having 1 or 2 seconds to spare.
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Torbjörn

A single one of Torbjörn's Armor Packs increases Winston's time to kill by a significant 2.5 seconds, which he can apply to himself and all of his teammates. Winston cannot efficiently destroy a level 2 turret, and Torbjörn himself has a powerful shotgun that can tear him apart is he gets close.

Weak against Winston Edit

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Ana

Ana's only option against Winston in a 1v1 is to put him to sleep. She can escape if it hits, but even then, Winston can chase her down with his Jump Pack, and deal more damage to her than she can do to him.
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Genji

Winston's Tesla Cannon auto-tracks Genji, reducing his mobility's effectiveness, and attacks through Deflect. Genji's escape option, Swift Strike, is on a longer cooldown than Winston's Jump Pack, so he can chase him down if he tries to flee.
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Mercy

Mercy is helpless against Winston and her only option is to escape using Guardian Angel, as her pistol does too little damage to force him to escape. An important thing to note is that her Caduceus Staff's healing cancels out the Tesla Cannon's damage, and eventually outheals it because the staff doesn't need to reload, whereas the cannon does.
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Symmetra

Winston can easily clear Symmetra's turret nests and his Tesla Cannon kills Symmetra faster than her Photon Projector can kill him, even at power level 3. He has an even bigger advantage if his Barrier Projector is available.
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Sombra

Winston's Tesla Cannon easily breaks Sombra's invisibility, and he can use his leap to chase her down if she throws her Translocator, but he may have difficulty finding her if she placed it beforehand and escaped.
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Widowmaker

Widowmaker can deal high damage if Winston is at range, but those situations are rare, as he usually justs leaps onto her perch and knocks her off while doing damage, or places down his barrier and finishes her off.

Other notable heroes Edit

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McCree

The advantage in a 1v1 between Winston and McCree goes to the one whose Ability 2 wins in a clash. If McCree hits his Flashbang on Winston, he can deal massive damage, then use Combat Roll to reload and finish him off. If Winston blocks it with his Barrier Projector, then McCree can only roll away to avoid damage, but Winston will still have the upper hand.
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Hanzo

If Hanzo has his Scatter Arrow available and hits Winston with it for maximum damage, he usually wins the fight. If it misses or gets blocked, Winston usually wins the fight. The fight also depends on whether or not Hanzo hit Winston with an arrow during his jump.
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Tracer

Although Tesla Cannon's auto-tracking reduces the effectiveness of Tracer's mobility, against it, Tracer has a maximum of 297 effective health with Recall available, and her high close-range damage can put Winston in trouble if he doesn't play cautiously, not to mention his high HP greatly helps Tracer charge up her Pulse Bomb.
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Zenyatta

Zenyatta can put his Orb of Discord on Winston to greatly reduce his survivability and even finish him off if he hits headshots. If he misses or gets most of his damage blocked, then Winston usually wins that fight.

Playing with Winston Edit

Winston creates a distraction and space when he dives into the enemy team. The opportunity that he makes MUST be followed up on by teammates. Winston is most effective when both he and his team coordinate properly.

Good teammates Edit

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Ana

Ana can provide strong healing from a distance as Winston dives into the enemy and takes damage. Winston's large health pool means Ana can gain large amount of ultimate charge off of healing him to build her Nano Boost quicker. Winston is also a good target for the boost, as he deals constant and reliable 90 damage per second in a conical area when boosted. In addition, when Winston uses Primal Rage, Ana can Nano Boost him to easily become the most durable hero in the game.
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D.Va

D.Va can use Boosters to dive in with Winston to wreak havoc, and her Defense Matrix offers him protection from threats such as Roadhog and Reaper. When diving together, the two can quickly kill a key target and flee rather easily.
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Genji

Genji's high mobility means he can dive into the enemy with or after Winston to finish off targets which he weakened. Because his Swift Strike resets after getting an elimination, he can spam the ability into a group of weakened enemies with terrifying results.
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Junkrat

Junkrat can deal high damage to enemies bunched up in a choke point, who will usually be severely weakened. Winston can jump into those weakened enemies and rapidly finish them off with his reliable damage.
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Lúcio

Lúcio can greatly help Winston initiate and chase weakened targets, or escape if needed, using his Crossfade: Speed. The speed boost also helps Winston if he is using Primal Rage, as he won't need to rely on Jump Pack as much. Sound Barrier on an enraged Winston will also give the enemy team a headache, since he'll be around for quite a while.
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Mercy

Although diving in with Winston is not recommended, Mercy's damage boost raises Winston's damage vs all targets to 78, and her high healing can greatly increase his survivability. Similar to Ana, Mercy can quickly build ultimate charge from a diving Winston taking damage. If needed, Winston can jump straight up to give her an escape option.
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Tracer

Similar to Genji, Tracer can dive in with Winston to weaken enemies and/or finish off low-health enemies.
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Zarya

Zarya can apply a Projected Barrier to Winston as he leaps into the enemy to protect him and gain Energy from the damage directed towards him. His Tesla Cannon also works well with Graviton Surge, as all enemies trapped will get zapped by it.
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Zenyatta

Zenyatta can place an Orb of Harmony on Winston to give him a small increase to survivability, but more importantly, can place an Orb of Discord on an enemy to help Winston kill them faster, and can also damage them himself them using his Orbs of Destruction.