Mercy is Dead

Grizzy Jan 31, 2018

  1. Grizzy

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    The time of reckoning for Mercy has finally arrived. Her Valkyrie abilities, specifically Resurrect, has been significantly nerfed. Check out the patch notes:

    • Valkyrie
      • No longer makes Resurrect instant
      • No longer grants a bonus Resurrect charge
      • The speed bonus Guardian Angel receives when activating Valkyrie has been decreased by 50%
      • Duration reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds
    Developer Comments: Mercy’s recent Resurrect changes have helped in allowing enemies to have more counter play in dealing with her, but she was able to use Resurrect through Valkyrie enough to largely mitigate the impact of the previous changes. Additionally, we’re toning back the amount of mobility Valkyrie provides through Guardian Angel and reducing its duration to overall reduce the power of this ability.

    Many Overwatch players, including myself, have been waiting for this day for long time. Already in the short time since this change has been made I have seen the rate that Mercy is picked in games drop dramatically, both in my own games as well as in professional streamers' matches. I have also noticed something else happen that I expected these nerfs to bring: other healers are finally coming out of the shadows again — especially Moira. Moira was already a powerful hero, but these major changes to Mercy make Moira even more of a must-pick healer, especially among tank-heavy team compositions. Check out my beginners guide to Moira if you're thinking about picking her up!

    In addition, Junkrat has also received a nerf with this most recent patch:

    • Concussion Mine
      • Now will deal less damage to targets farther away from the explosion’s center
    Developer Comments: Junkrat has been enjoying the flexibility his double-charge Concussion Mine provides, but it has become a bit too easy to throw out huge bursts of damage in a large area. With this change he can still dish out similar damage but he must now be more accurate with his tosses.

    I guess Blizzard developers agree that sometimes you don't really have to aim with Junkrat... you just kind of point the general direction of the enemy :tongueclosed:

    I’m sure this must be a sad day for all the Mercy mains out there.... honestly the nerf seems a little harsh. I wish they would just bring back the original Mercy, the one where Ressurect was an Ultimate and not a standard ability on a cool-down.

    What do you guys think? Are you happy to see these changes? Let us know in the comments!


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