Overwatch's Mercy Nerfed Yet Again On PTR
Blizzard isn't showing any mercy when it comes to these nerfs.
Overwatch's Mercy has been the subject of many changes over the past few months, and now developer Blizzard is changing her yet again. In the latest Public Test Realm update, the company has tweaked her Ultimate, Valkyrie, so it no longer makes her Resurrect ability instant, and it no longer gives a bonus Resurrect charge. In addition, Valkyrie's duration has been reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds, and the speed boost that the Ult grants to Guardian Angel has been cut in half.
Mercy has been subject to a number of changes recently, but Blizzard thought the hero's Valkyrie and Resurrect combination was still too strong. "Mercy's recent Resurrect changes have helped in allowing enemies to have more counter-play in dealing with her, but she was able to use Resurrect through Valkyrie enough to largely mitigate the impact of the previous changes," the company said in a forum post. "Additionally, we're toning back the amount of mobility Valkyrie provides through Guardian Angel and reducing its duration to overall reduce the power of this ability." The developer concluded by saying it will "likely be iterating on these changes in the coming weeks."
Elsewhere in the new update, Junkrat's Concussion Mine will now deal less damage to enemies far away from the explosion's center. Blizzard argues it had become "a bit too easy to throw out huge bursts damage in a large area," and that this tweak will still allow players to use his mines effectively, but also force them to be more accurate.
These changes are live now on the PTR, which you can check out if you own Overwatch on PC. However, be aware that these latest changes have not yet come to the live game (and may never arrive there), as Blizzard wants to continue experimenting before implementing anything.
Outside of the PTR, Overwatch has a new map and event coming "very soon," while a new hero is already in testing. The game's esports event also starts next week, and you can read more about that in our primer for everything you need to know about the Overwatch League, as well as in our guide on how to watch Overwatch League.
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