The biggest slate of Overwatch balance changes in some time is now live, including reworks for the heroes Mercy and D.Va, as well as the new map Junkertown.
First up is Mercy: Resurrect is no longer her ultimate ability; instead, Res is now a single-target ability with a 30-second cooldown. Her new ultimate, Valkyrie, enhances all of her abilities for 20 seconds. While Valkyrie is active, her healing and damage-boosting beams chain to other allies and have a much longer range; her blaster has infinite ammo and increased projectile speed; increased range and speed on Guardian Angel; Resurrect is reduced to a 10-second cooldown; and she can fly freely at increased movement speed. Here's what that looks like:
"While resurrecting downed allies is a core part of Mercy’s gameplay, the way her Ultimate functioned was causing a number of problems," read the developer notes. "It was frustrating to play against, and it incentivized Mercy players to hide away from important battles, instead of taking part in them. This version turns Resurrect into a single target ability. It’s still an important part of Mercy’s kit, but plays much better for both Mercy players and her enemies. Valkyrie, her new Ultimate, gives her the opportunity for big game-making plays and opens a number of new options for her."
Next, D.Va has received some changes as well. Her Defense Matrix has been nerfed significantly—its resource meter will now deplete twice as quickly, though it does recharge slightly faster (12.5 percent per second, up from 10). In exchange, D.Va can now fire her guns while flying and has received a new ability: Micro Missiles, a long-range barrage of small rockets that detonate on impact, dealing damage in a small radius. Micro Missiles can be fired while D.Va is using any other ability, including her boosters, or while firing her primary Fusion Cannons.
"D.Va’s Defense Matrix uptime has proven to be too strong, but simply reducing it without making other changes would make her too weak (and far less interesting to play)," Blizzard said. "Instead, we’re adding a new ability and giving her the ability to fire while flying. These changes give D.Va new options while maintaining Defense Matrix’s ability to shut down big enemy attacks."
Reinhardt also received a small change: he can now reposition the camera while his barrier field is active, giving him the ability to look around without moving his barrier. "This change gives Reinhardt more situational awareness while using his shield, allowing him to keep an eye on the battlefield while still protecting his team," Blizzard said.
In addition to balance changes, the new map Junkertown is also now active. The home of Junkrat, Junkertown is an escort map located in the Australian outback. In addition to the general Mad Max aesthetic, we're a big fan of the Scrooge McDuckian vault.