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Overwatch 2 beta May 5 update buffs Zenyatta, nerfs Soldier 76, Lucio, more: patch notes

A major Overwatch 2 beta patch just went live with some major buffs and nerfs to Soldier 76, Zenyatta, Lucio, Roadhog and more.

  • Posted on 05th May, 2022 18:30 PM
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A major Overwatch 2 beta patch went live on May 5 with tons of buffs and nerfs for many of the game’s cast.

Roll

  • Knockback increased by 36%
Zarya

There are less counters to Graviton Surge with one less tank per team and phase effects no longer escaping Zarya’s ultimate. We observed the ultimate over-performing, so this change brings it in line with 5v5 gameplay.

Graviton Surge

  • Duration reduced from 4 to 3.5 seconds

SUPPORT

Lucio

Lucio had incredible survivability with Crossfade stacked with the new support role passive, so we reduced the amount it heals himself.

Crossfade

  • Self-healing penalty increased from 30% to 60%
Baptiste

Baptist is under-performing because teams aren’t playing as grouped up right now. Increasing his healing ammo will let him heal more targets who aren’t necessarily grouped up.

Biotic Launcher Alt Fire

  • Healing ammo increased from 10 to 13
Ana

Ana’s Biotic Grenade was too effective with one less tank and more infrequent barriers, so we are reducing the duration of the ability. We also saw Ana using her grenade less frequently on herself because of the new support passive ability. To help compensate for her grenade, we wanted to give her power back through increasing her Biotic Rifle’s ammo.

Biotic Rifle

  • Ammo increased from 12 to 15

Biotic Grenade

  • Duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds
Zenyatta

Zenyatta has trouble fighting at close range, so he was at a disadvantage if an enemy flanked or jumped on top of him. His new passive, Snap Kick, will help him create space and put enemies at his fighting range.

We think this new passive will be a fun adjustment to his kit, but we also want this change to acknowledge community concerns. We understand 5v5 has made support heroes feel more vulnerable, and we wanted to give Zenyatta tools to help create space between him and enemies.

  • Base shields increased from 150 to 175

Snap Kick

  • New Passive Ability
  • Increases Quick melee damage by 50% and significantly increases its knockback
Brigitte

It’s difficult to tell when Brigitte lands a Shield Bash because the impact of that ability was not easily noticeable. This is a subtle change that will make the ability feel more satisfying.

Shield Bash

  • Knockback doubled
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