Overwatch Test Servers Nerf Mercy and Junkrat

Dr. Ziegler may get weaker and Junkrat's mines less effective

By Grayshadow, Posted 06 Jan 2018

Mercy is one of the most popular healers in Overwatch, with the ability to heal, boost damage, and revive fallen allies; all of which are boosted when she activates her ultimate. It seems that Blizzard thinks she's too powerful and wants to tune her down.


Last year Dr. Ziegler received a massive change, allowing her to resurrect fallen allies as a normal timed ability and changing her ultimate to give her flight instead of reviving allies within a specific distance. This change made Mercy that more popular and indispensable in a team thanks to her new movement speed.

Blizzard has since then fine-tuned the character allowing for increased charge times to revive allies. Now her Valkyrie ability has been nerfed from 20 seconds to 15 seconds and the cooldown elimination from its activation has been removed. In addition, her flight speed has been reduced.

Junkrat, who can be a terror on the battlefield, has had his concussion mine reduced in damage base on the enemy's distance from the explosion's center. Before the mine would do the same damage regardless of the player's distance, now that doesn't seem the case. 

These are balancing changes in the PTR and not concrete changes. Blizzard actively test new changes in the PTR realm to see how fans will react and if it stabilizes the playing field.

Overwatch is now available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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