Overwatch 2 Is Nerfing a Bunch of Characters

Overwatch 2 Devs Nerfed Sombra, Zarya, and a Few More

Overwatch 2’s next update will try to address some overpowered characters. Blizzard will roll out the mid-season balance patch on November 15th. It will bring some tweaks for Kiriko, D.Va, and Genji, among others.

Many Overwatch 2 fans feel that this is a relief to any tank who is facing down a double bubble-powered Zarya. The same could be said about support players who always get harassed by Sombra as well. Blizzard provided an explanation on why they decided to implement the changes.

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Overwatch 2’s Zarya seems to be getting hit pretty hard. Her Barrier duration has been reduced to 2 seconds from 2.5 seconds. Plus, the cool down time for the Barrier has also been increased to 11 from 10 seconds. Her opponents need more time do any damage. She will have less time to build up energy from enemy fire as well.

Sombra’s Hacked damage multiplier is also getting a substantial nerf. It is being reduced from 40% to 25%. Players who get hacked will then only be locked out of their abilities for 1.5 seconds from 1.75 seconds. Plus, she will no longer have the ability to hack an enemy who has already been hacked before. This is quite unfortunate for long-time Sombra users. However, this is good news for support heroes who do not have great escape capabilities, such as Ana and Zenyatta.

Overwatch 2 devs also reduced the maximum number of shurikens that Genji can hold—from 30 down to 24. What makes this even more disappointing for Genji users is that he will be doing less damage from 29 down to 27. 

D.Va’s nerf is not as substantial as the others. Devs took down the impact of her Boosters from 25 to 15. They did, however, increase her Fusion Cannon spread from 3.5 to 3.75. Kiriko, on the other hand, is getting a relatively minor one. When the patch goes live, her Swift Step teleport ability will only make her invulnerable for 0.25 seconds from 0.4.

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