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Multiple Overwatch hero balance changes teased – Mercy buffs & more

Published: 12/May/2020 1:31

by Bill Cooney


Multiple heroes will be getting balance changes in the coming weeks and months, according to what Jeff Kaplan said in the latest Overwatch Developer Update.

Jeff provided us with another developer update on May 11, and besides informing us that Open Queue would be added as another permanent Competitive mode alongside Role Queue, he also gave us a little preview of what hero changes we can expect going forward.

Almost every support hero will be seeing changes, along with a number of DPS and Tank heroes, as developers focus on “fast balancing” the game in 2020, as Jeff put it.

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Hopefully, the changes will please all those die-hard Mercy mains out there.

Jeff said that the changes he mentioned will be in an upcoming Experimental card, coming “very soon,” which Jeff clarified as the next “one or two” days following the dev update.

“A lot of changes targeted to make Bastion more viable, and I know many of you are just dying to see more Bastion in your matches,” Jeff teased. “So we’ll see how this goes. I’m sure you’ll all be very vocal about feedback.”

“Lots of changes to Support heroes, some are getting brought down a little, some are getting brought up a little,” Kaplan added. “For example, Ana is getting balance to tune her healing down a little bit, while Mercy is just getting healing that’s purely a buff.”

Timestamp at 4:40 for mobile viewers.

Jeff also threw out something for all of the desperate Zenyatta mains out there, as well, when he told us the Omnic monk’s Discord Orbs would be reverted back to their original stats.

“We’ve also put Zenyatta’s Discord Orb back to what it used to be, back up from 25 percent to 30 percent,” Jeff continued. “And we’re trying a bunch of changes with Moira, so we’d like to hear what you have to say about those.”

Jeff conveniently failed to mention what kind of Moira changes we might see on the Experimental card, but he did add that Junkrat and multiple other heroes besides the ones he mentioned would be getting updated as well.

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Zen will finally be getting his old Discord Orbs back.

According to a recent leak, Overwatch’s 2020 Anniversary event will be starting on Tuesday, May 12, but whether or not the Experimental card Jeff was talking about in the Dev Update will come then remains to be seen.


Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos


Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”