Overwatch – Mei and Mercy to Get Buffs, Zenyatta Nerfed



There have been a lot of ups and downs during the first season, Overwatch is still gaining a lot of attention towards many players within the gaming community. Now with season 2 coming up, Blizzard is now trying to pay more attention towards the future of the game. Furthermore, with the updates rolling in, Mei, Mercy, and Zenyatta are part of these upcoming changes.

There have been a lot of ups and downs during the first season, Overwatch is still gaining a lot of attention towards many players within the gaming community. Now with season 2 coming up, Blizzard is now trying to pay more attention towards the future of the game. Furthermore, with the updates rolling in, Mei, Mercy, and Zenyatta are part of these upcoming changes. Changes Will Start Rolling in Overwatch for Season 2 To start with these changes that will come towards the second season of Overwatch, Zenyatta is going to get nerfed, which means that there are some elements to his arsenal that will get powered down in order to address balance issues. While he is getting nerfed, Mei and Mercy are going to get buffed up, but not in a visual kind of way (because let's face it, that would just get really weird). The news about the changes coming to these three characters comes from a few Battle.net threads, as well as with Overwatch Principal Designer Geoff Goodman replying towards a number of people posting about certain topics within the forums. With Zenyatta, the Goodman stated the following: "At this point anecdotal feedback, internal stats, and competitive feedback are all showing [Zenyatta is] actually a bit too strong at the moment." He also notes that the changes could be related to the character's Discord Orb. As for Mercy, within the same thread as Goodman addressed the inquiry about Zenyatta, he said that even after going through multiple changes within the last Public Test Realm iteration, it is still not clear as to what would happen to her. Still, the Principal Designer did assure players that the team is working on doing something to power her up, instead of just letting her mainly rely on healing her allies. Hence, Mercy's changes would be more or less going to be in the positive direction, but the current outlook of things do not warrant her in acquiring a new ability. Nevertheless, should the possibility of that were still on the table, then it would be "something that she could use more 'outside of combat' or something that is generally used much more rarely," Goodman replies. Lastly, in this short list of Overwatch updates, Mei is going to get a "slight" buff. And by slight, it means that she's not going to get major improvements but with the changes, she will become a more viable choice with regards to Competitive Play. "While Mei currently doesn't see a ton of tournament or competitive play, I don't think she's super far off," the developer states.

Changes Will Start Rolling in Overwatch for Season 2

To start with these changes that will come towards the second season of Overwatch, Zenyatta is going to get nerfed, which means that there are some elements to his arsenal that will get powered down in order to address balance issues. While he is getting nerfed, Mei and Mercy are going to get buffed up, but not in a visual kind of way (because let’s face it, that would just get really weird).

The news about the changes coming to these three characters comes from a few Battle.net threads, as well as with Overwatch Principal Designer Geoff Goodman replying towards a number of people posting about certain topics within the forums.

With Zenyatta, the Goodman stated the following: “At this point anecdotal feedback, internal stats, and competitive feedback are all showing [Zenyatta is] actually a bit too strong at the moment.” He also notes that the changes could be related to the character’s Discord Orb.

As for Mercy, within the same thread as Goodman addressed the inquiry about Zenyatta, he said that even after going through multiple changes within the last Public Test Realm iteration, it is still not clear as to what would happen to her. Still, the Principal Designer did assure players that the team is working on doing something to power her up, instead of just letting her mainly rely on healing her allies.

Hence, Mercy’s changes would be more or less going to be in the positive direction, but the current outlook of things do not warrant her in acquiring a new ability. Nevertheless, should the possibility of that were still on the table, then it would be “something that she could use more ‘outside of combat’ or something that is generally used much more rarely,” Goodman replies.

Lastly, in this short list of Overwatch updates, Mei is going to get a “slight” buff. And by slight, it means that she’s not going to get major improvements but with the changes, she will become a more viable choice with regards to Competitive Play. “While Mei currently doesn’t see a ton of tournament or competitive play, I don’t think she’s super far off,” the developer states.


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