10 Sep 2021 7:33 PM +00:00

Blizzard Confirms Big Changes for Doomfist, Tracer, and Wrecking Ball in Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 tanks aren't the only ones getting nerfed. Blizzard confirmed Doomfist, Wrecking Ball, and Tracer will likely also see drastic overhauls as part of the big switch to Overwatch 5v5 matches in place of the traditional 6v6 matches (thanks Dexerto).

Blizzard's community manager, Andy B, made the announcement on a Blizzard forum thread discussing the Overwatch 2 PvP showcase where players expressed concerns over balance issues.

Andy responded specifically to one user saying they believed heroes with better mobility were going to have an unfair advantage in Overwatch 2, especially with some of the other changes that seemed to be on display.

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Blizzard Confirms Big Changes for Doomfist, Tracer, and Wrecking Ball in Overwatch 2

"We’ve seen that heroes like Doomfist, Wrecking Ball (and to some degree Tracer), will need to be rebalanced, and maybe even nerfed, to make sure they’re not super overpowered in the new meta," Andy said.

"Changes like the ones we’ve discussed in the PVP Livestream are incredibly complicated. They have far reaching ramifications throughout the game. Your question correctly assumes that they can never be evaluated in a vacuum."

They also mentioned that tanks will still be the "unquestioned authority" on blocking damage and won't have to worry about taking on too many threats at once, partly because the enemy tank won't be blocking all incoming damage and also because support units can better focus on healing a single tank.

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