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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.


Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.


Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.


Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

Overwatch heroes 2020
Blizzard Entertainment
Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.