Overwatch May 12 update buffs Mercy, nerfs Moira & more: patch notes - Dexerto

Overwatch May 12 update buffs Mercy, nerfs Moira & more: patch notes

Published: 12/May/2020 19:16 Updated: 12/May/2020 19:17

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch patch has hit the live servers and with it comes a slew of massive changes to supports and buffs to Bastion.

The big changes on the card come in the form of buffs to Mercy and Zenyatta. Mercy received a straight healing buff – something players have been requesting for quite some time.

Additionally, Zenyatta has had his Discord ability buffed. Now when an enemy is Discorded, they will receive 30% more damage, up from 25%. This completely undos the nerf Zenyatta received back during the GOATs meta where teams would run him alongside two other supports.

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Mercy has finally been buffed.

While those buffs will undoubtedly help Zenyatta and Mercy mains, nerfs to Ana’s healing may also assist in upping their meta status.

With Ana’s healing decreased, this could open up the door for more Mercy play, especially with her pairing so well with Echo. It’s important to note that Ana was one of the best heroes at shutting Echo down, either with sniped shots or by sleeping her when she uses Duplicate.

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Ana’s nerf may help enable Zenyatta and Mercy.

Finally, there were some major changes to Bastion and Moira. Bastion sees his spread in Sentry mode reduced and can now heal himself up more, but with greater resource drain. Moira sees her Biotic Orb get nerfed with it lasting seven seconds, down from 10.

The balance updates were first teased by Overwatch’s Game Director Jeff Kaplan in a developer update on May 11 where he announced that Open Queue would become a permanent addition to the game.

While Open Queue already runs alongside Role Queue in the arcade, come Summer 2020, it will be a full-fledged Competitive mode.

Full patch notes below:


The next experiment begins! This time we’re hoping to get your feedback on some balance updates. We’re using the 2-2-2 Role Queue ruleset so that you can get a feel for how these balance changes might affect the live game.



Biotic Rifle

  • Healing reduced from 75 to 70


Configuration: Sentry

  • Spread decreased 10%
  • Shots until max spread reduction lowered from 60 to 40


  • Resource drain rate increased 20%
  • Healing per second increased from 75 to 90


Frag Launcher

  • Projectiles maintains slightly more velocity on ricochet

Concussion Mine

  • Projectile speed increased from 20 to 25
  • Ricochet distance off of enemy players greatly reduced

Total Mayhem

  • Bomb detonation time reduced from 1 sec to 0.7
  • Bombs spread increased 50%


Caduceus Staff

  • Healing per second increased from 50 to 55


Biotic Orb

  • Damage radius reduced from 5 to 4 meters
  • Projectile speed increased from 16 to 20
  • Projectile duration reduced from 10 to 7 seconds


Orb of Discord

  • Damage amplification increased from 25% to 30%

Sneaky Overwatch spot makes Genji the ultimate flanker on Hanamura

Published: 21/Nov/2020 0:54

by Theo Salaun


Genji was already one of Overwatch’s sneakiest flankers, but then the game’s players discovered an absurd spot on Hanamura that lets you simply defy physics to dive behind enemy lines. 

Genji is a slender, bionic ninja with speedy abilities and, typically, a penchant for subterfuge. There is perhaps no spooky sight more familiar to Overwatch’s beloved support players than an enemy Genji who has stealthily snuck past their tanks and DPS teammates to seek out blood.

On a normal day, the metal menace uses some combination of his speed, wall-climbing, and dashing abilities to enjoy unique flanking routes that are difficult for enemies to predict or counteract. But, a recently exposed Hanamura trick allows him to suddenly surprise the back line on Point A.

Hanamura’s Point A features a central structure enclosing the point, which is shaped rectangularly, with four wide openings and numerous gridded windows. There’s a big bell in the middle of the point and the whole thing feels very elegant. Still, this new Genji trick can ruin the peace enjoyed by enemies standing near the bell.

To all my fellow Genji players I found a nice way to dash right into the enemy backline from Overwatch

As shared by ‘Yeast_chanxxx’ on Reddit, a Genji can stand atop the balcony facing Hanamura’s Point A structure and use his dash ability to slice through the gridded window. This allows you to bypass the traditional chokes of the main point and get right into the action. It requires your dash to be available, your angle positioning to be accurate, and, in the future, will likely require a patch.

This trick has to be entirely unintentional, as even players’ bullets have trouble traveling through those windows. If it’s difficult for an attacker to shoot through those wooden grids to destroy a turret sitting behind, then it doesn’t make any sense that a 35-year-old ninja can slip through them instantaneously.

Overwatch Genji in-game
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Genji is bigger than a bullet.

For now, the spot remains in the game and Genji mains who frequent Reddit will be sure to try and take advantage of it. Although some, including a commenter who goes by ‘Inuit195,’ may simply not want to abuse the glitch.

Inuit195 had a simple question when they first saw the video of the bugged, physics-defying trick: “Wait can you be banned for using this glitch?”

The answer is likely no, as Blizzard have typically sought to address glitches by patching them out of the game rather than by punishing people who use them. For now, fans are eagerly awaiting an answer: is Genji able to shapeshift or is this a bug?