I’ve just realized that I’ve done something very similar. Recently I played Bastion. I mean for more than 90 hours. Not because I particularly like it, but because that was the DPS hero I disliked the least and also one of the most brain- instead of aim-heroes. I played Bastion because this meant that if more than one of the remaining 5 players picked DPS, we had more than 2 DPS and I’m a firm believer that 2-2-2 is stupid unless you have a proper team.
I still think that 2-2-2 is stupid. However I was still fixing the team instead of playing what I’m good at. Well, I’m relatively good at Bastion 2.1 K/D, 1.1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze per game, but the winrate is mere 50.7%. Why? Because of what I wrote yesterday: in a “fixed” team, the teammates are playing something they can’t, because they feel forced to and they are mad, spending more time flaming than playing. Yesterday I had a game with Bastion which ended with 4 golds and teammates asking the enemy to report me for throwing which they refused and told I killed them the most. This was funny, but the game was still lost.
I keep detailed statistics, so there are some maps that I win with obscene ratio (Lunar, Junker, Oasis, Volskaya) but in the rest of the places I have near 50% or less. So on these maps I stop using Bastion and pick the character I’ve always liked the most: Mercy. Yes, it means worsening the meta by practically giving up the chance of 1-heal. But the result is that the rest of the team has more chance to play whatever they like instead of raging over “OMG Bastion thrower”. As there are 6 tank heroes, 5 healers and 15 (16 with Brigitte) DPS, while the prevalent meta gives 2 spots to all. So one would guess that most players have DPS favorite, but “can’t” play it because of me instalocking Bastion. I hope that by playing Mercy, things will be better.
Of course it raises the question why I didn’t climb initially with Mercy? Well, because 2-2-2 is stupid and I supported it with my pick. The solution will be the 4 Bastion maps, the plan is to upkeep 50% winrate with Mercy while progressing via Bastion. Also, with time I’ll get data on Mercy winrates on maps, so I can pick maps where I lose and play either Bastion or Torb or Symm there, increasing winrate even more.