Blizzard is Reworking Overwatch’s Roster For Season 2

Blizzard is bringing some big changes to Overwatch for season 2. Along with the reworking of competitive mode, the heroes themselves are being tweaked to better balance the game and make all characters viable options.

Blizzard has already shared their plans for what they are changing with competitive and now they have revealed their plans for the heroes. Mercy and Mei are getting buffed while powerhouses such as Genji and Zenyatta are getting nerfed in an attempt to make the playing field a balanced one. Blizzard has been listening to the community and they are taking great strides to make Overwatch even better than it currently is.

Here is all the changes coming to the heroes for season 2:


  • Defense Matrix
    • After being activated, Defense Matrix will begin regenerating following a 1-second delay (formerly .5 seconds)


  • Hanzo will now experience a 30% decrease in speed while aiming (formerly 40%)
  • Maximum projectile speed has been increased by 30%


  • Blizzard
    • The Blizzard projectile now pierces barriers
    • Radius has been increased from 8 meters to 10 meters


  • Deadeye
    • Now drains over a .25-second period (instead of displaying a 50% reduction on the ultimate meter when activated and 0% when confirmed)


  • Caduceus Staff
    • Healing Beam
    • Healing-per-second has been increased by 20%
  • Resurrect
    • Resurrected allies will be able to maneuver after 2.25 seconds (reduced from 3 seconds)


  • Double jump no longer resets when wall climbing
  • Dash
    • No longer deals damage to traps like Widowmaker’s Venom Mine or Junkrat’s Steel Trap
    • No longer bypasses Junkrat’s Steel Trap
  • Swift Strike
    • No longer interrupts quick melee attacks
  • Dragonblade
    • Duration of Genji’s ultimate has been reduced from 8 seconds to 6 seconds


  • Amp It Up
    • The boosting of movement speed has been decreased by 30% (from a 100% increase to a 70% increase)


  • Chain Hook
    • If the hooked target isn’t in Roadhog’s line of sight when retracting the hook, they will be moved back to the position where they were originally hooked


  • Orb of Discord
    • The amount of damage amplified by a target with Orb of Discord has been decreased from 50% to 30%
  • Orb of Destruction
    • Damage has been increased from 40 to 46

Overwatch is out now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.






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