x His team-mate 'Danteh' had a more specific thought in the wake of the update:
Words cannot describe how happy I am. Overwatch is literally playable again. Ontop of this I went from r490 to r49 in less than five hours. Unfortunately lost the last two games on stream, but hey - ill take it. Heres one happydqd— André Dahlström (@iddqd) January 31, 2018
x Iddqd wasn't the only player to express his approval:
does this mean i can play sombra again— Danteh (@Danteh) January 30, 2018
We're freeeeeeee— Austin Wilmot (@Muma) January 30, 2018
x Both Houston Outlaws' Jacob 'Jake' Lyon and LA Gladiators' Bejamin 'BigGoose' Isohanni await the return of the Brazilian DJ.
I welcome the warm embrace of permanent death in Overwatch once again.— Chris Benell (@BaniOW) January 30, 2018
Mercy is dead. Long live Lucio.#blessed— Jake Lyon (@jakeow) January 30, 2018
x Many rejoiced at the arrival of the Mercy nerf, but the sentiment wasn't unanimous. Overwatch League analyst Josh 'Sideshow' Wilkinson highlighted that Mercy opened up a lot of possible variations to strategy that didn't exist previously. Without the Resurrect, a single key kill could finish a fight almost immediately, and the prevalence of dive compositions without Mercy often meant quick fights decided within seconds based on how well each team executed their dives. The Mercy, Sideshow suggested, extended fights such that players were forced to adapt mid-engagement.
Lucio back? :==)))))— Benjamin Isohanni (@BigGooseOW) January 30, 2018
x Overwatch League commentator Christopher 'MonteCristo' Mykles responded with his own thoughts on why the change was necessary.
Those who boil it down to "complex lol just res" or Valk winning fights 90% of the time either haven't looked at the numbers vs. dive meta or don't understand how Mercy interacts with the larger cast & teamfights. Or they're salty they have to play it in ranked.— Josh Wilkinson (@SideshowGaming) January 30, 2018
x The change won't hit the Overwatch League immediately, which plays on a tournament realm to prevent major game changes from shaking up the competition mid-stage. The balance changes will instead go live for Stage Two, which kicks off on February 21st. The change also adds another layer of consideration for teams considering picking up free agents during the signing period, which kicked off on January 22nd. Stage Two will also be the first time any new signings are eligible to play in the league, and so while teams won't be directly competing on the new patch until then, they may do well to figure out which way the meta seems to be heading as early as possible, and whether that might impact their personnel needs.
I also think it is a much better viewing experience for everyone to have those killed stay dead rather than everyone having to track res charges just to know how many people are “alive” on both teams.— MonteCristo (@MonteCristo) January 30, 2018