'Overwatch' PTR update nerfs Mercy and buffs Ana

'Overwatch' PTR update nerfs Mercy and buffs Ana

A new Overwatch update will buff Ana and nerf Mercy, developer Blizzard has advised. Her cast can be interrupted if she's stunned, hacked, or knocked back mid-cast. Her Biotic Rifle now does 70 damage rather than 60, as it did previously.

When Mercy players activate the character's Valkyrie ultimate ability, however, the cast time is nonexistent.

These changes are now being tested on Overwatch's PTR and could change during the process, but expect to see some form of them in the next patch.

"Ana has been outshined by other support heroes lately", Blizzard said of the change.

Mercy, who was altered earlier this year as well, will also receive changes in the upcoming patch, revolving around her Resurrection mechanic. To bring her back into the mix, Blizzard believes boosting her damage-and in turn, making her more threatening-will boost her viability. In Overwatch's production version, Mercy's resurrect occurs instantaneously when players cast it.

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The rework Blizzard alluded to came in September in an attempt to address player concerns that Mercy's abilities often made matches feel unfair.

In a blog post, the developer continued: "Now that [Resurrect] has a cast time, there is more room for enemies to counter the ability". The team is happy with the current state of Genji's deflect hitbox, and they feel any significant changes to Hanzo's scatter arrow would make the hero "pretty anemic". Most Overwatch players will agree that Mercy is now a mandatory pick on any team that hopes to win. It seemed at the time like it'd be quite a strong move to have on a normal ability, albeit one with a high cooldown, and after the changes went live, it proved to be exactly that. Due to this, Blizzard nerfed Mercy once again.

Ana has also been tweaked.

The new changes are available for testing on Overwatch's PTR.

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