Blizzard Talks About Potential Nerfs for Mercy and Zenyatta in Overwatch 2

Based on everything that has been released, Overwatch 2 will play differently from the first game. One of the changes sure to have a huge impact on the gameplay is the reduction in the number of players on each team in player-vs-player matches. Teams will have five players each in Overwatch 2 compared to the 6-v-6 gameplay of the original.

Such a huge change can affect every aspect of the game and by extension can raise or lower a character’s effectiveness. Overwatch’s Community Manager AndyB has been discussing these effects on the Blizzard forums. Specifically, AndyB spoke about how they might require a change to Zenyatta’s discord orb and Mercy’s damage boost.

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Zenyatta’s discord orb may be the ability affected the most by the change to 5-v-5 because there would be one less teammate who could deal damage to a debuffed enemy. Mercy’s damage boost ability only buffs one ally at any given moment, meaning she may be somewhat unaffected by the change to 5-v-5 gameplay.

In any case, Blizzard seems to be listening to the community and willing to make changes to characters as development continues.

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“Thus far in our playtests, Mercy’s Damage Boost hasn’t shown any major issues,” AnyB said. “That said, there’s still a chance we end up tuning both Discord and Damage Boost down, if we see they’re causing issues in further testing.”

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