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Overwatch: Upcoming Balance Changes for McCree & D.Va - Ranked Play Still In June

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McCree and D.Va are currently under scrutiny for future balance changes. Moreover, Ranked Play will still be released in June, as it was originally announced (thankfully!).

The first Hero balance changes, ever since Overwatch went live, are on the horizon. Principal Designer Geoff Goodman had a few things to say about McCree and D.Va. Let's start with everyone's favourite cowboy. McCree is definitely overpowered at the moment: he is considered the best Offensive Hero by far and he is auto-included in most competitive compositions. Needless to say, he is obviously under Blizzard's scrutiny.

Blizzard LogoGeoff Goodman

I've been watching McCree carefully since we've released. McCree's flashbang plays an important role in being a strong option against very fast/agile teams (tracers/genjis/etc). It is also a nice tool to prevent close range devastating abilities and ultimates such as Reaper's Death Blossom.

That said, its probably a bit too good at dealing damage to higher health targets such as Tanks and barriers. I don't have any concrete changes yet, but I'm going to be testing some things internally to see how he plays.

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I'd say the problem isn't the flashbang but rather Fan the Hammer.

Right. I think I wasn't clear enough. By saying 'its probably a bit too good at dealing damage to higher health targets' I mean his flash/fan combo, not the flash itself. Fan is more likely to see changes than flash at this point.

(source)

On the other hand, D.Va feels weak. It's not just her damage being on the lower side; she is too squishy for a tank and her shielding ability is quite lackluster, compared to Reinhardt's shield for example. The team wants to buff her somehow, but they are not increasing her damage.

Blizzard LogoGeoff Goodman

D.Va's damage is definitely on the lower side, much like Winstons. They are this way for a similar reason: They are both very mobile and hard to kill. Every character in the game has strengths and weaknesses, its part of what makes the teamplay work well.

That said, I do think the is some room for some D.Va improvements, but these are unlikely to take the shape of increasing her damage output significantly.

(source)

Lastly, it was noticed on Reddit earlier today that the official Overwatch account on Twitter had posted that Ranked Play would come later in July and not June, as it was originally planned. It turns out this was just a mistake: Ranked Play is still normally on track for June.

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I can understand a Fan combo taking out a Tracer or a Widow but being able to essentially 1-shot a full HP Reinhardt is too strong and I'm sure the community will welcome a nerf when it comes.

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Yeah, it's too strong. I've had that happen to me as Reinhardt or Winston and it doesn't really feel like something that should happen.

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Yeah, I have to agree.  As a main Reinhardt, it doesn't seem at all balanced when I can get one shotted by that combo.  I understand the importance of being able to stop/kill a tracer or a widow but me?  Too much...

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