Overwatch Patch Now Live, Mercy’s Ultimate Nerfed

Meanwhile, Lucio receives a buff while appearing offline has been added as a new social function.

Posted By | On 18th, Oct. 2017 Under News


Overwatch Summer Games

A new patch is currently live for Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch on PS4, Xbox One and PC. It brings hero changes, most especially those for Lucio and Mercy. However, the patch also allows players to set their social status to Online, Away, Busy or Offline when playing on PC.

As for hero updates, Lucio has been part of a long-running saga that saw a bugfix reduce his wall-riding speed significantly. It’s now been changed to Lucio receiving a 65 percent boost to his speed after a wall-ride. Mercy’s Valkyrie and Resurrect have seen significant nerfs though. Guardian Angel no longer resets when using Resurrect and activating Valkyrie no longer reduces the cooldown of Resurrect or resets it upon activation.

To compensate, Valkyrie has received two charges for Resurrect thus allowing Mercy to revive two players. Given how heavily picked Mercy has been, it should be interesting to see how this change affects her. At least Zenyatta gets more voice lines for his Cultist skin, which is always a good thing. Check out the full patch notes below for more information on changes and bug fixes.

GENERAL UPDATES

Social

[PC] Players can now set their social status to Online, Away, Busy, or Appear Offline (Note: appearing offline does not prevent friends from seeing you if you are placed into the same match). This option can be found under the social menu

HERO UPDATES

General

Lúcio

Wall Ride

The speed boost that Lúcio receives after completing a wall ride has been increased by 65%

Developer Comments: A recent bug fix slowed Lúcio’s Wall Ride. This change compensates for the reduced speed.

Mercy

Guardian Angel

  • Players can now glide past a targeted ally using the jump key
  • Cooldown no longer resets when Resurrect is activated

Valkyrie

  • No longer resets or reduces Resurrection’s cooldown
  • Now gives players a bonus resurrection charge

Developer Comments: Valkyrie no longer resets or reduces Resurrect’s cooldown. Instead, it now provides an extra ‘charge,’ allowing you to revive an ally even if it is still on cooldown. If the bonus charge hasn’t been spent when Valkyrie ends, it will be removed.

This method makes Resurrect more flexible when used with Valkyrie. For example, in the past if you wanted to resurrect two teammates, you had to revive the first target, then activate Valkyrie (causing the Resurrect’s cooldown to reset), and then revive the other target. With this change, you can now activate Valkyrie and fly in quickly to resurrect both targets instantly.

However, this still reduces the overall number of Resurrects that Mercy can provide, since Valkyrie no longer reduces its cooldown.

Zenyatta

Added a number of additional voicelines for Cultist Zenyatta

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug preventing Mercy’s momentum from slowing down correctly when Guardian Angel was canceled
  • Fixed a bug preventing the visual effects on Sombra’s Pumpkinette victory pose from displaying correctly

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