Overwatch devs believe Genji nerfs are “right direction” for DPS hero

Published: 28/Jul/2020 3:28

by Andrew Amos


As the latest Overwatch experimental card comes to an end, Blizzard has confirmed Genji’s shuriken nerfs are the “right direction” for the younger Shimada brother, and will be shipped to live servers shortly.

Experimental cards are back in Overwatch. Team 4 is looking at changing things up in the FPS title, and they have two heroes in their sights: Moira and Genji.

The former received a rework in the July 23 update, which changed how her Damage Orb and Fade worked. However, the younger Shimada brother received straight nerfs to his damage, after recent buffs “pushed him a bit too far,” according to Overwatch developers.

Genji with dragon blade out in Overwatch
Genji was the target of Blizzard’s ire in the recent experimental card.

“We’re pulling back on some of these changes, specifically with a goal of reducing some of his burst potential,” they said when the experimental card went live.

The changes to Genji’s Shurikens ⁠— reducing their damage and increasing the recovery time on right-clicks ⁠— have been well-received by devs and players alike. While it’s obviously harder for the assassin to assassinate his enemies, it’s in a more balanced state than it was following his earlier buffs.

The reception to these changes has convinced Team 4 they are heading in the “right direction.” The next step is shipping the changes on the experimental card to the live game soon.

“Genji’s recent buffs have increased his hero pick rate considerably. We’re excited to see the hero getting more playtime, but some of the changes pushed his power-level a bit too far,” the devs explained in a July 27 recap.

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

Blizzard didn’t confirm when exactly players should expect the Genji nerfs to be shipped to live. However, with the Summer Games event just around the corner, and the experimental card just about to wrap up, it should be in the coming days.

The experimental card closes on July 28 at 11am PT, so you still have around a bit of time to mess around with the Genji and Moira changes.


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
Blizzard Entertainment
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.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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.”