Overwatch disables July 27 patch and Genji nerfs shortly after release - Dexerto

Overwatch disables July 27 patch and Genji nerfs shortly after release

Published: 29/Jul/2020 5:06

by Brad Norton


Shortly after deploying the latest Genji nerfs in Overwatch, Blizzard has decided to deactivate the patch and all of its changes on the live servers.

A July 23 Overwatch update hasn’t quite panned out as the developers may have intended. The patch included a number of changes for the Experimental mode, targeting Genji and Moira specifically.

Moira was tweaked with an all-new Fade effect along with balancing adjustments to her Biotic Grasp and Biotic Orb. After seeing these changes in action, however, the community exploded with a wave of backlash. Just days later and Blizzard scrapped the hero rework entirely.

Now Geniji’s Experimental updates have also taken a hit. Following their implementation on the live version of the game on July 28, the patch has since been deactivated.

Blizzard provides update on Genji nerfs in Overwatch
The full statement from Blizzard regarding the latest Genji changes.

“We have disabled today’s patch that introduced Genji balance adjustments,” Overwatch Community Manager Josh Nash said on the game’s forums. Therefore, the next time you boot up Overwatch, the previous version of Genji will still be in effect.

The Experimental changes that were set to join the live game, nerfed his overall Shuriken damage. Decreasing from 30 damage to 28, the new tradeoff was that Genji’s secondary fire had a slightly faster recovery time.

This was done in an attempt to scale the damage-dealing hero back after recent buffs “pushed him a bit too far.” With these changes, burst damage would be slightly less significant but Genji would still be a viable option at all ranks.

No reason was provided as to why the adjustments were disabled on the live version of the game. However, Nash assured that they are “still intended” and will eventually come into effect in the “retail environment.”

Overwatch Genji in-game
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Genji is one of the more popular heroes to receive skins in Overwatch.

Alongside the Genji changes, a bug fix was also disabled in the latest update. If you’ve traveled to Route 66 recently, you may have noticed an issue with the doors at the end of the first checkpoint. This problem was supposed to be fixed but has since been pulled back as well.

There’s no telling just when to expect this update to come through once again. Enjoy the current version of Genji while it lasts, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the nerfs to be reactivated.


Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.