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Blizzard scraps Moira rework plans after Overwatch player backlash

Published: 28/Jul/2020 9:07

by Isaac McIntyre


Blizzard has officially scrapped plans to hand Overwatch healer Moira a mini-rework in the title’s next update, following community backlash over the experimental Fade changes that were shipped during a July 23 testing patch.

The Overwatch community has been in an uproar since Blizzard shipped a series of changes for Moira in their latest experimental update. On the Experimental Card, Moira’s Damage Orb dealt a huge 150 damage per second.


The Irish healer’s Fade ability also got a mega-sized buff. Upon activation, Moira’s defensive ability would now cleanse nearby teammates of status effects. Allies would also be immune from all damage for up to one second.

The Overwatch development group, Team 4, has admitted they wanted to push the envelope on the Fade upgrade. To get a proper test, they needed it to “get used… and feel powerful” in the testing realm. Mission accomplished, it seems.


The buffs ⁠— which some players had already dubbed “the most broken” change in Overwatch history ⁠— won’t make it to live servers, however. Blizzard community manager Molly Fender confirmed they had been scrapped in a July 27 post.

Moira was set to be
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Moira’s “broken” rework will never reach live Overwatch servers, Blizzard has confirmed.

“Sometimes during development, it’s more helpful to test abilities at extremes and fine-tune with balancing after. It’s likely that if we wanted to pursue the Fade ability change further we would adjust the ability’s cooldown,” she explained.

“That being said, we’re not currently planning to move forward with the Moira changes being tested. The team has already been working on a few other tests aimed toward our goals; we have more we’d like to try… with her abilities.”


Though Fender couldn’t offer up an insight into what these new changes might look like, she did reveal the targets Blizzard is aiming to hit with Moira’s updates. They want to dial up the fun for the Overwatch healer, and make her “dynamic.”

“We have a few main goals for Moira gameplay. We want Moira to be fun to play, we want her to have the opportunity to make big, game-impacting plays and finally we want her gameplay to feel skillful and dynamic,” Fender said.

Moira will get her chance to shine in later Overwatch patch by the looks of things.
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Moira will get her chance to shine in later Overwatch patch, by the looks of things.

Moira wasn’t the only Overwatch hero bundled onto the latest Experimental Card either; DPS hero Genji copped some hefty nerfs too. Unfortunately for players who main the edgy ninja, those will be hitting live servers soon.


Fender wrote, “the tested changes to Shuriken are aimed at re-balancing his burst potential. We believe these changes are the right direction for Genji. We’ll be patching these Overwatch changes into live game modes soon.”


Overwatch devs make Elon Musk’s dreams come true by buffing Torbjorn

Published: 14/Oct/2020 3:20 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 3:21

by Michael Gwilliam


UPDATE (October 13, 7PM PT): Mere hours after Elon Musk confirmed that his Overwatch main was Torbjorn, the Overwatch developers released a video showcasing a newly buffed version of the Damage hero, per his request.

Elon Musk asked for a buff to Torb’s turret and that’s exactly what he got. In the same day that his main hero was made public, the Overwatch team fulfilled his requests and gave Torb one of his biggest buffs to date in a hilarious bite-sized clip.


The video shows Torb’s deployable turrets soaring off the ground. Three of them remained floating in the sky all at once, blasting down any foe that dared to step out on the moon.

It’s no secret that tech billionaire Elon Musk plays video games, but on October 13, he shocked the internet when he revealed his Overwatch main and how he would buff the hero.


After making a rather random tweet about the “The Illuminaughty” – a clever play on words, YouTuber twomad asked the 49-year-old if he mains Torbjorn in Overwatch.

Regardless of how the weird topic got started, Elon replied saying “um… yes” confirming he does in fact play Blizzard’s hero-based FPS and mains the Swedish engineer.

The unlikely response earned Musk a whopping 26,000 likes. For much of Overwatch’s lifespan, Torb was considered a bit of a joke or throw pick who offered very little benefit on attack.


However, after a major rework, the DPS has grown increasingly stronger and is actually one of the most viable heroes in the game at all levels right now.

Sadly, Musk didn’t state how long he had been playing Overwatch or Torbjorn for that matter, so it’s possible that he had only played when the hero wasn’t as good or only after the big rework happened.

Even the official Overwatch Twitter account decided to get in on the fun and replied to Musk with a picture of a giant Torbjorn turret on Mars.


“We’ve been thinking about this for a while,” they captioned the humorous picture. “Call us.”

Furthermore, Musk went on to explain how he would buff Torbjorn and the ideas were interesting to say the least. “Please buff Torb’s turret!” he exclaimed. “Or maybe 2 weak turrets to allow more strategic degrees of freedom.”


It was certainly an interesting reply and a sign that we could be looking at one of the most ambitious crossovers in history if Overwatch takes Elon up on his idea.

Though it’s unlikely that we’ll see Musk’s ideas make it to the game, but there’s always the Experimental Mode, so it’s possible Elon could end up getting his wish.

Who knows – maybe next time you’re in a game and a player won’t swap off Torb, it may be Elon Musk of all people.