Finally, Overwatch 2 has some hero balances before Season 2

Finally, Overwatch 2 has some hero balances before Season 2

Overwatch 2 will actually get some balance changes before season two no matter what Blizzard was originally said.

Earlier this month Blizzard told us that we wouldn’t see any hero changes until Season 2. Well, that’s no longer the case, as a blog post by Community Manager AndyB on the Overwatch forums informed us that we’d be seeing changes to several characters already since November 15th including D.Va, Genji, Sombra, Kiriko and possibly the best tank in the game right now Zarya.

Unfortunately for Genji mains, you’ll just see some nerfs. His ammo max is reduced from 30 to 24 and his shuriken damage is reduced from 29 to 27. These changes to try and make Genji more in line with other flank damage heroes as he is a character that benefited greatly from the move to 5v5.

Sombra has also received a trio of nerfs, such as her hack ability lock duration reduced from 1.75 seconds to 1.5 seconds. Hacked enemies are also “no longer valid targets to hack for the duration of the effect” and the hacked damage multiplier has been reduced by a large chunk, from 40 to 25%.

D.Va has actually received a charm, with her fusion cannon spread increased from 3.5 to 3.75, though she’s also undergone a nerf of sorts, with the impact damage of her boosters reduced from 25 in 15.

Kiriko also received a nerf, with her quickstep invulner duration reduced from 0.4 seconds to 0.25 seconds. A developer comment explains that “this invulnerability window is mainly meant to help prevent instant death on something invisible after teleporting through walls, but it ended up being a bit too big and led to some confusion when shooting at Kiriko.”

Finally, Zarya also received a few nerfs, one seeing her barrier duration reduced from 2.5 seconds to 2 seconds and her barrier increased from 10 to 11 seconds. Interestingly, the developer commentary notes that early player sentiment was that Zarya would be one of the weakest solo tanks in the 5v5 switch, but “her high damage potential and barrier uptime have proven to be extremely effective.”

This made opponents of the tank feel that Zarya has “very limited windows of vulnerability, which feels difficult to deal with when combined with her damage burst potential”, which is why the changes were implemented.

The blog post also notes that while the planned introduction of these changes is on November 15th, that could change, so keep an eye out for updates if things change.

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