Overwatch Collective

A Mob of Meis

A Flurry of Meis

Welcome to another installment of the collective nouns survey. This time we focus on Overwatch, following surveys for Team Fortress 2 and Starcraft.

In Overwatch, there are 27 playable heroes so far, each with unique personalities and complementary abilities. When talking about a six-stack of McCrees or Meis (which isn’t seen outside of arcade mode anymore), it’s adequate but boring to refer to them as a “group” or “bunch”.

Better to invent language like the terms of venery used for animals. You’ve got familiar terms like a pride of lions and a swarm of bees. And even more evocative ones likes a murder of crows, a parliament of owls, a prickle of porcupines, and a flamboyance of flamingos.

To choose the terms that best evoke each hero, I polled the Overwatch community. I presented four randomized choices and the option to write in your own. A final question asked respondents to give their main hero. Check out the survey and the solicitation on r/Overwatch.

The survey received 1,745 responses. I was surprised to find that many respondents placed little importance on alliteration. As far as the write-ins, some were so good that I kicked myself for not thinking of them. The best of these were given honorable mentions.

Here are the results. The full tally is given below.

An Assembly of Anas
A Battalion of Bastions
A Brigade of Brigittes
A Division of D.Vas
A Drove of Doomfists
A Gaggle of Genjis
A Horde of Hanzos
A Bombardment of Junkrats
A Rave of Lúcios
A Posse of McCrees
A Flurry of Meis
A Mirage of Mercys
A Mob of Moiras
A Stampede of Orisas
A Flock of Pharahs
A Wrath of Reapers
A Regiment of Reinhardts
A Rodeo of Roadhogs
A Squad of Soldier: 76s
A Syndicate of Sombras
A Spectrum of Symmetras
A Troupe of Torbjörns
A Trail of Tracers
A Web of Widowmakers
A Troop of Winstons
A Zeal of Zaryas
A Harmony of Zenyattas

An Assembly of Anas

Assembly37%
Army35%
Admonishment13%
Association11%

Ana Mains Call Themselves: Tie between Assembly and Army, which shows how close this one was.

Honorable Mention: Annoyance, both in that Ana can annoy you with anti-heal and sleep, and that she seems perpetually disappointed in you.

Other Write-Ins: Armada, Apocalypse, Tea Party, Retirement, Peek, Array, Eyeful, Arena, Parliament, Hobble, Administration, Arrangement, Abundance, Aviary

A Battalion of Bastions

Battalion53%
Battery23%
Band13%
Bulwark9%

Bastion Mains Call Themselves: Battalion

Honorable Mention: Bunch, which fits the subtlety and grace of Bastion.

Other Write-Ins: Bevy, Balustrade, Boom, Brothel

A Brigade of Brigittes

Brigade69%
Bunch11%
Bash9%
Bombardment7%

Brigitte Mains Call Themselves: Brigade

Honorable Mention: Crusade, it works nicely with Brigitte’s backstory, but can’t overcome the winner.

Other Write-Ins: Barricade, Baguette, Bruschetta, Phalanx, Bonanza, Bonanza, Terror, Bestiary, Batallion

A Division of D.Vas

Division51%
Dazzle28%
Detachment12%
Destruction5%

D.Va Mains Call Themselves: Division

Honorable Mention: Dervish, nothing better to call six D.Va mechs boosting around you than a whirling dervish.

Other Write-Ins: Defense, LAN Party, Deletion, Drove, Demolition, Dominion, Devotion, Detonation, Diversion, Dorito

A Drove of Doomfists

Drove36%
Flurry30%
Danger16%
Flog11%

Doomfist Mains Call Themselves: Flurry, they might have to fight Mei mains for it though.

Honorable Mention: Defenestration, because you have to use that word whenever possible.

Other Write-Ins: Disorder, Fistful, Crater, Handful, Domination, Dojo, Damnation, Dominion, Dragoon

A Gaggle of Genjis

Gaggle50%
Gang37%
Group6%
Gulp3%

Genji Mains Call Themselves: Gang, because apparently Genji mains seem to take themselves much more seriously than other Overwatch players do.

Honorable Mention: Clan

Other Write-Ins: Dash, Gale, Gathering, Gimmick, Brotherhood, Gradient

A Horde of Hanzos

Horde33%
Quiver28%
Herd28%
Host7%

Hanzo Mains Call Themselves: Horde

Honorable Mention: Scatter, because now that the ability has been patched out of the game, we have to honor its memory somehow.

Other Write-Ins: Hierarchy, Geometry Class, Clan, Hazard, Harem

A Bombardment of Junkrats

Bombardment34%
Jalopy29%
Jury20%
Drove11%

Junkrat Mains Call Themselves: Bombardment

Honorable Mention: Heap, another common write-in was Spam which was the winner for Junkrat’s TF2 counterpart, Demoman.

Other Write-Ins: Juggle, Jank, Dumpster, Jamboree, Jive, Spam, Cackle, Cluster, Jumble

A Rave of Lúcios

Rave39%
Legion26%
League22%
Leap10%

Lúcio Mains Call Themselves: Legion

Honorable Mention: Wave, let’s be honest… pickings were slim here, but at least this plays off the idea of a sound wave.

Other Write-Ins: Loop, Line, Favela, Wall

A Posse of McCrees

Posse48%
Murder21%
Maraud14%
Maelstrom13%

McCree Mains Call Themselves: Posse

Honorable Mention: Mishap, because McCree’s ultimate “High Noon” goes sideways more often than not.

Other Write-Ins: Misery, Meddling, Gang, Mass, Saloon, Mob, Hoedown, Passel, Mischief, Mid-Day, Magazine

A Flurry of Meis

Flurry38%
Mob35%
Monsoon16%
Squall7%

Mei Mains Call Themselves: Flurry

Honorable Mention: Malefaction, because a lineup of Meis is about as evil and terrifying as you can get. See image at top of post.

Other Write-Ins: Malady, Medley, Murder, Mash, Storm, Manifold, Maze, Maelstrom

A Mirage of Mercys

Mirage34%
Vale27%
Mend17%
Remedy13%

Mercy Mains Call Themselves: Mirage

Honorable Mention: Martyrdom, for the suffering Mercy players endure just to have a shot at winning the match.

Other Write-Ins: Chorus, Menagerie, Murmur, Cloud, Miracle, Mob, Choir, Staff, Marvel, Mound, Flutter, Mangle, Myriad, Wainscot, Mothball, Coterie, Menage, Mottle, Marquee

A Mob of Moiras

Mob41%
Marvel25%
Mania22%
Midnight8%

Moira Mains Call Themselves: Mob

Honorable Mention: Miasma, which reflects the visual vomit on your screen whenever a Moira ults, although masquerade and malevolence were also inspired.

Other Write-Ins: Masquerade, Malevolence, Aura, Massacre, Mosh, Coven

A Stampede of Orisas

Stampede50%
Onslaught23%
Orchestra20%
Observance5%

Orisa Mains Call Themselves: Stampede

Honorable Mention: Orgy, it’s fun to say, although not to imagine.

Other Write-Ins: Obstruction, Optimization, Fortitude, Orchard, March, Omnibus, Enforcement, Oasis, Innocence

A Flock of Pharahs

Flock43%
Fleet26%
Phalanx17%
Flight12%

Pharah Mains Call Themselves: Flock

Honorable Mention: Formation, who wouldn’t want to watch a team of Pharahs try to do precision air acrobatics like the Blue Angels.

Other Write-Ins: Flank, Parade, Plunge, Flimflam, Pandemonium, Barrage, Justice, Phoenix, Flotilla, Squadron

A Wrath of Reapers

Wrath35%
Revenant26%
Ravage23%
Revenge8%

Reaper Mains Call Themselves: Wrath

Honorable Mention: Ring, which is the arrangement a bunch of edgy Reapers would make to practice the occult.

Other Write-Ins: Murder, Edge, Wrangle, Wraith, Rout, Haunt, Blossom, Heap, Host, Blight, Rampage, Coven, Ruse, Resurgence, Renegade, Rally, Spook, Hot Topic

A Regiment of Reinhardts

Regiment48%
Rampage18%
Charge16%
Rampart15%

Reinhardt Mains Call Themselves: Regiment

Honorable Mention: Triumph, just sounds so knightly alongside a crusade of Brigittes.

Other Write-Ins: Bombast, Army, Wall, Crusade, Radiance, Romp, Rutting, Glory, Crash

A Rodeo of Roadhogs

Rodeo51%
Ragtag16%
Rash15%
Rout11%

Roadhog Mains Call Themselves: Rodeo

Honorable Mention: Rasher, imagine all the bacon you could get out of a Roadhog. Mmmm.

Other Write-Ins: Rumble, Rebuff, Rebellion, Chain Gang, Wall, Absolute Unit, Drove, Rotund, Onslaught, Ravage, Glut, Riot, Rack

A Squad of Soldier: 76s

Squad81%
Service8%
Sprint5%
Slaughter4%

Soldier: 76 Mains Call Themselves: Squad

Honorable Mention: Salvo, as in a stream of Soldiers who fire their helix rockets and then immediately sprint away from the danger.

Other Write-Ins: Salute, Platoon, Army, Slew, Barracks, Retirement Home

A Syndicate of Sombras

Syndicate67%
Shade17%
Stealth7%
Sovereign7%

Sombra Mains Call Themselves: Syndicate

Honorable Mention: Conspiracy, nearly as good as the winning choice.

Other Write-Ins: Breach, Collective, Sneak, Sample, Shimmer, Swarm, Scurry, Murder, Suite, Cell, Sheen, Score

A Spectrum of Symmetras

Spectrum42%
System27%
Surplus19%
Sentinel10%

Symmetra Mains Call Themselves: Spectrum, as in the electromagnetic spectrum of course.

Honorable Mention: Circuit

Other Write-Ins: Council, Symmetry, Sandbox, Sovereign, Suffering, Projection, Assembly

A Troupe of Torbjörns

Troupe47%
Team22%
Temper14%
Tempest12%

Torbjörn Mains Call Themselves: Troupe, because a bunch of Torbs seem like they’d be boisterous and merry.

Honorable Mention: Tango

Other Write-Ins: Torrent, Trebuchet, Temblor, Workshop, Turret, Tragedy, Travesty, Tinker, Tumor, Thunder, Trove, Cast, Torment, Testament, Tsunami, Trollful, Letterbox, Gäng, Blight

A Trail of Tracers

Trail36%
Torment22%
Twitch20%
Trace16%

Tracer Mains Call Themselves: Torment

Honorable Mention: Cavalcade, a callback to Tracer’s voiceline, “The cavalry’s here!”

Other Write-Ins: Zip, Blink, Troupe, Team, Swarm, Trounce, Flash, Flit, Cavalry, Gaggle, Fleet, Tribe, Marathon, Stream, Rush, Slipstream, Track, Trope

A Web of Widowmakers

Web52%
Nest33%
Wave7%
Ward6%

Widowmaker Mains Call Themselves: Web

Honorable Mention: Whisper, even though after Widowmaker’s nerf she’s practically screaming her infra-sight voiceline.

Other Write-Ins: Weave, Murder, Sight, Wake, Baguette, Waste, Ballet, Wedding, Window, Wrath, Range

A Troop of Winstons

Troop35%
Wrangle30%
Warren18%
Wisdom12%

Winston Mains Call Themselves: Troop

Honorable Mention: Barrel, either a group of raging apes barreling through you, or the chaos of a barrel full of monkeys.

Other Write-Ins: Family, Band, Jungle, Coalition, Shrewdness, Wince, Rampage, Faculty, Whoop, Waddle, Warmth, Wallop

A Zeal of Zaryas

Zeal34%
Ray23%
Buzz22%
Glow14%

Zarya Mains Call Themselves: Zeal

Honorable Mention: Surge, it was right there in the ultimate name all along.

Other Write-Ins: Mass, Motherland, Bubble, Gulag, Zest, Surge, Zamboni, Commune, Pack, Girth, Regime, Flex, Army, Attraction, Zap, Accretion, Burst, Zephyr, Zenith, команда

A Harmony of Zenyattas

Harmony38%
Nirvana27%
Om17%
Tranquility11%

Zenyatta Mains Call Themselves: Harmony

Honorable Mention: Zenith, far and away the best write-in. There just aren’t that many words that start with Z.

Other Write-Ins: Zoom, Zoo, Order, Zephyr, Monastery, Collective, Meditation, Mandala, Float, Unity, Ziggurat, A Lotta, Embrace, Trance, Zeppelin, Cult, Zeitgeist, Zealot, Singularity

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