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Overwatch devs delay major Experimental change patch with wild hero buffs

Published: 8/Mar/2021 21:02

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch’s next major balance update is being delayed a bit and may not go to the live version of the game without some changes.

The March 4 Experimental mode featured plenty of significant buffs to a number of the game’s heroes and a nerf to the off-tank Zarya.

In total, five heroes were buffed and while some of these changes, such as Genji’s Shuriken damage and Pharah’s hoverjets improvements seemed to be well-received by the community, others may be a bit controversial.

For instance, Reaper’s shotgun damage increase may make the Talon DPS a bit too much of a threat at lower ranks and Mei’s Cryo-Freeze healing could make her too tanky.


Mei iceblocks Pharah barrage
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Mei could be a bit too tanky with these buffs.

As such, on March 8, Overwatch Community Manager Josh Nash revealed that the Experimental changes won’t be pushed through with the PachiMarchi event on March 9.

“The team is reviewing feedback and performance – Once the changes are finalized, we’ll look to get a balance patch out before too long,” he wrote.

However, he went on to add that this doesn’t mean that some of the changes won’t eventually be added, but they won’t be going through tomorrow.

With most Overwatch patches, there is normally a lot of thoughts from community members, especially when certain heroes see their powers increased. Sigma, for instance, is a tricky one because his barrier buff is a direct contradiction of a previous nerf he received.


It’s going to be interesting to see what changes – if any – are made that differentiate the eventual balance patch from the experimental one.

Furthermore, Josh Nash also revealed that the true next Competitive season will begin on March 9 following some hiccups with it starting last week.

Reaper on Temple
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The Overwatch devs are reviewing feedback.

“Competitive Season 27 is on track to begin as the patch rolls out (and event begins) tomorrow,” he wrote in response to questions from players.

Even without a new balance update, Overwatch fans should have a lot to look forward to on March 9 when the PachiMarchi event and new competitive season hits the live server.