Overwatch Patch Nerfs Mercy One More Time, Adds 4K Support for Xbox One X

Valkyrie is now “balanced” while Junkrat also sees a nerf to his Concussion Mine.

Posted By | On 31st, Jan. 2018 Under News

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The latest patch for Blizzard’s Overwatch is live for PC and to the chagrin (or joy, whichever you fall into) of many, Mercy has received another set of nerfs. This time around, her Ultimate Valkyrie will have a cast time for Resurrect and no extra charge.

The speed bonus received for Guardian Angel has also been reduced by 50 percent while in Valkyrie form and the Ult’s duration is now 15 seconds instead of 20. Mercy isn’t the only subject of nerfs – Junkrat’s Concussion Mine has been changed to deal less damage. This only applies for targets that are away from the explosion’s center – if you’re smack dab in the middle, you’ll still be roasted.

The patch also brings 4K support for the Xbox One X which should be interesting to compare to the PS4 Pro version. You can check out the full patch notes below (which include details on pre-order bonuses for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth).


World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Pre-purchase Goodies

When you pre-purchase a Digital Deluxe version of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth you’ll receive several Warcraft-themed goodies in Overwatch. Show your faction pride on the battlefields of tomorrow with emotes for Tracer; Horde- and Alliance-themed voice lines for Torbjörn; Anduin, Jaina, Sylvanas, and Saurfang sprays; and Kul Tiras and Zandalar player icons.



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.



  • 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.



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