Overwatch players demand Orisa's 'unkillable' Fortify buff be reverted - Dexerto
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Overwatch players demand Orisa’s ‘unkillable’ Fortify buff be reverted

Published: 12/Feb/2021 20:01

by Michael Gwilliam

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The new Overwatch Experimental Patch hit the game on February 11, and with it, Orisa was on the receiving end of a huge buff that some players think is way too strong.

Orisa can be quite a chore to battle, thanks to her Halt and Fortify abilities. Halt can lock opponents in place and send them back a bit, leading to some easy headshots or combos for teammates.

Fortify, on the other hand, is incredibly strong defensively, as it amplifies Orisa’s survivability as a tank. When Fortify is active, the Omnic hero is immune to all crowd-control abilities such as stuns, boops or even Mei’s Blizzard.

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That’s not its only benefit, though: When it’s activated, Orisa takes 40% less damage, making her insanely tanky.

Now, for whatever reason, the developers decided that Fortify will also prevent critical headshot damage, essentially making a headshot count the same as a body blow.

Players are not on board. Contenders pro Lethal tweeted a clip of him trying to kill an Orisa using Fortify with a Harmony Orb. The tank hero was able to survive all eight shots at point-blank range from a Reaper.

“Orisa just doesn’t die in Fortify,” he captioned the video, and proceeded to even post a follow-up of the interaction on the live version of the game.

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In this video, Orisa’s non-experimental Fortify was unable to withstand all of Reaper’s shotgun attacks and ended up being eliminated.

It should be noted that Reaper did receive a damage nerf in the Experimental Patch as well, but his role of a tank-buster remains the same. Thus, the fact Orisa can withstand so much is a tad bit concerning.

Elsewhere, players took issue with the fact the change discourages aiming for the head in a first-person shooter.

“Discouraging players in a shooter to actually click heads, do you have any clue what your game is supposed to be?” Twitch streamer Metro blasted.

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Blizzard does occasionally go back on buffs or nerfs being tested in the Experimental Mode, so we’ll have to see if this backlash pushes them to cancel this change.