The GOATS composition has evolved to have many permutations, but in the current meta none have been more successful than ZOATS.
As one could intuit, this composition incorporates Zenyatta, who replaces Moira from the original GOATS lineup. At first glance this might seem to severely weaken the composition as Moira served as a large source of healing, but the utility Zenyatta introduces can have significantly greater value.
Perhaps the most powerful part of Zenyatta’s kit, his Orb of Discord, makes ZOATS much more potent than GOATS. The nature of the composition is such that it systematically works its way from one target to the next and the Orb of Discord only makes this process all the more efficient.
A target with the orb on it will quickly wilt under the immense forward pressure ZOATS can exact via a high-charged Zarya and hammer-swinging Reinhardt.
By contrast, the time it takes to kill a target is significantly longer in a GOATS composition with Moira instead of Zenyatta. And, in a game where your biggest goal is to essentially kill the enemy team, a quicker and easier path via Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord is clearly superior.
However, not only does Zenyatta bring his Orb of Discord to the table, but his ultimate, Transcendence, also finds more value than Moira’s Coalescence.
An obvious weakness to ZOATS, and GOATS for that matter, is how clumped together the composition must stay in order to be effective, making them constantly susceptible to being caught in a six-man Graviton Surge from the enemy team.
Although it is entirely possible for D.Va to use her Defense Matrix and eat the Graviton, relying solely on this ability to counter such a powerful ultimate is a dangerous game to play.
However, with the ZOATS composition there is a much more powerful tool to mitigate the effects of a Graviton Surge: Zenyatta’s Transcendence. Unless your team is hit by an Ana Biotic Grenade, the enemy will likely not be able to kill anybody through the Transcendence healing, thus essentially cancelling out what is likely their most powerful ultimate.
Transcendence can also be a useful tool to use in the middle of a team fight, quickly healing up all your allies and swinging the momentum in your favor.
The combination of Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord and Transcendence make the ZOATS composition an upgrade over the traditional GOATS.
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