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overwatch Patch Notes: January 12, D.Va Changes Explained

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A small patch mainly just fixing Mercy's "rez you while you're still falling off the map and then you fall again and die" bug and some Sombra reaching unintended locations bugs. Geoff Goodman also explained the reasoning and intentions behind the current changes to D.Va on the PTR.

Blizzard LogoJosh Engen (source)

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

New Feature: Simple Checkout

Purchasing Loot Boxes has never been easier. Our streamlined system gives players access more payment options from directly within the Overwatch client.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Decreased the volume of passing cars on the Oasis background in the Hero Gallery


BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that was allowing Mercy to resurrect players that had fallen off the map to their death


Maps

  • Fixed a bug to prevent the garden point on Oasis from being contested/captured from the second-floor walkway above it
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on several maps

 

Blizzard LogoGeoff Goodman (source)

This is great feedback, thanks.

Keep in mind her spread didn't actually change, but her shots 'fill in' her spread more evenly now, meaning her damage per shot is generally more consistent. For example, in the video provided from the live game, if you take that same shot multiple times you'll see a greater diversity in damage results than you would on the PTR, because sometimes some of those bullets would just miss. Overall though, the change to her damage is intended to be a small nerf.

As for her health/armor, the bottom line is shes intended to be weaker vs faster firing weapons (and shotguns), such as Reaper and Tracer. The game is a lot healthier when heroes have strengths and weaknesses versus other heroes. As she was, it was common to hear people ask 'What do I do about D.Va?'. People often would try to use Zarya or Roadhog, since they both have the potential to deal high damage and pierce her Matrix, but even those answers were marginal at best. Heroes like Reaper that are generally supposed to be good at taking down tanks weren't very effective because of all the armor they had to get through. With lowered armor, she now has more legitimate counters and she still counters many heroes and abilities in the game, especially considering her Defense Matrix wasn't touched.

I understand that people feel like she may be too weak overall after these changes, and if that turns out to be the case we'll look at helping her out. That said, that help isn't likely to come back in the form of a bunch of armor, since that would just put us back the problems we had to begin with. We'll be watching her impact closely after these changes.

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Awesome.  D.Va was broken.  the changes after the last patch giving her a ton of armor was absurd. 

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20 hours ago, Darkjester79 said:

Awesome.  D.Va was broken.  the changes after the last patch giving her a ton of armor was absurd. 

Yeah, it was pretty annoying basically having to pick her every game. When 3 slots on your team are insta-filled (Lucio, Ana, D.Va), things aren't exactly exciting.

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