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Overwatch community outraged over Moira’s “overpowered” Fade rework

Published: 23/Jul/2020 23:48

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players are livid after the game introduced a new batch of Experimental Changes to Moira in a July 23 patch, with some claiming Fade has become the most broken ability in the game.

The July 23 patch saw some nerfs to Genji, which the community seemed excited about, given his recent jump in pick and win-rate on the ladder. They also saw some massive overhauls to Moira’s Damage Orb and Fade.

On the Experimental Card, Moira’s Damage Orb can deal a whopping 150 damage per second, making it one of the most lethal abilities in the game. However, the real issue comes in the form of Fade, which has become an incredible defensive tool.

Now, when Moira uses Fade, all teammates around her are cleansed of any status effects, such as Ana’s anti-heal. They are also immune to damage for a second, meaning that Fade can save teammates from Ultimates like Junkrat’s Rip Tire, D.va’s Self-Destruct and other burst damage abilities.

The most “broken mechanic” in history

Needless to say, fans are not happy with the changes.

Former Overwatch pro and Florida Mayhem content creator Sam ‘Samito’ Dawahare called them “the most overpowered, broken mechanic in the history of the game.”

“This makes Moira the most dominant pick in the game,” he blasted. “It means that Moira is a counter to everything in the game.”

Korean tank Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu also took issue with the new Fade and presented a scenario where it could easily counter Earthshatter.

The backlash spread to the Competitive Overwatch subreddit with users mocking the outlandish rework.

“Jeff [Kaplan] passed the blunt,” user ‘siempreviper’ joked, poking fun at the Game Director.

“Super-mass-ultimate-counters like that put on a simple fast cooldown ability is very OP,” DIABOLUS777 remarked.

Eventually, Molly Fender, Overwatch’s Community Development Lead, took to Twitter in an attempt to reaffirm that the changes are only experimental.

The changes may not go through

“For everyone in the back, say it with me… Experimental Mode,” she said, before pasting the mode’s purpose. “The Experimental Mode allows players to test out ideas that the development team has been experimenting with as well. These test have ranged from minor number changes, new abilities, or 1-3-2 role lock.”

It does seem like it’s unlikely that the Moira Fade changes go through; when Jeff Kaplan first discussed the new Experimental Card on July 14, he wrote that even the team was “unsure” about them to begin with.

Whatever the case, normally the Experimental Mode stays active for about a week before the changes are either added to the game or discarded, so we’ll know for sure very soon.


Overwatch cosplayer gets ready for Halloween as a perfect Mercy

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:39 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 6:35

by Nate Searl


Halloween is almost upon us, and cosplayers everywhere are preparing for the holiday. This Overwatch Mercy cosplay goes above and beyond when bringing this angelic healer to life and deserves some extra recognition. 

When Overwatch came out back in 2016, there were only three healers, and Mercy was one of them. A lot has changed since then and there are a lot more Heroes, and the hero herself has seen quite a few changes. Despite this, she remains a fan favorite, especially for cosplayers.

There are plenty of awesome OW cosplays out there, but Hanxiaoyue really brings her to life with the help of @Anka_Ephemere on Twitter. The two collaborate for a fantastic rendition with excellent photography and visual effects.

Mercy cosplayer preps for Halloween

Despite the fact that Witch Mercy is Mercy’s Halloween skin, Hanxiaoyue went with the Winged Victory skin with some extra spooky effects, and she nailed it. Starting with her hair, she puts her blonde hair in a ponytail and parts her bangs. It is held back by a golden crown with wing-like ear guards, just like in the cosmetic. To cap it off, she includes the fern-like plants behind her ears.

For her attire, she dons a white tunic with gold embroidery held up with a brown rope. On her arms and legs, she wears bracelets. On her back, she has Mercy’s signature wings, modeled directly off of the skin. Then, there is of course the staff, which is perfect down to the last little leaf.

If the cosplay itself wasn’t impressive enough, the graphic design that goes along with it really gives it life. @Anka_Ephemere includes two shots with Mercy on a dark and fiery battlefield, and then another two with her at what appears to be Ilios Ruins.

The first two images are fitting for the hero, as she is a beacon of hope and light on the battlefield. The Winged Victory skin also based on the Goddess Nike and works well with the other images on Ilios, which is an Overwatch map based on Santorini in Greece.

This is one of the most impressive Mercy cosplays out there, and Hanxiaoyue really brings the character to life along with @Anka-Ephemere’s photography and graphic design.