Overwatch 2 Reveals Major Balance Changes For Lifeweaver, Kiriko, Mercy, and More

Highlights Overwatch 2 Season 6 brings hero adjustments, including buffs to Lifeweaver and nerfs to Kiriko and Mercy, shaking up the meta. Kiriko’s Protection Suzu will heal less but provide burst healing when removing negative effects, while Mercy’s damage boost will be reduced. Lifeweaver gains increased health from Rejuvenating Dash and Tree of Life converts healing into Overhealth, while Cassidy’s Magnetic Grenade range is shortened.

Overwatch 2 has revealed a series of hero adjustments coming to the game in Season 6, including a buff to Lifeweaver’s Tree of Life ability and a nerf to Kiriko’s Protection Suzu. It has also been confirmed that Cassidy will receive a nerf to the range of his Magnetic Grenade ability, while Mercy’s damage boost will be amplified.

Overwatch 2 is gearing up to release the Invasion update, which adds PvE story missions, the player progression system, hero adjustments, and two Flashpoint maps. According to Blizzard, Overwatch 2 Season 6 is set to be the biggest content drop yet, with a new support hero also coming to the game to shake up the meta.

In a recent blog post, Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Keller confirmed that several support heroes, including Kiriko and Mercy, will get their powers decreased in the upcoming season. Kiriko’s Protection Suzu will now heal less and do an additional burst of healing when it removes a negative effect on allies. As for Mercy, her damage boost will be tweaked from 30 percent to 25 percent, which seems to be a nerf to the angel’s offensive capabilities.

Overwatch 2 Mercy Shows Up

It has also been revealed that Overwatch 2’s Lifeweaver will receive major buffs, while Cassidy will get his Magnetic Grenade nerfed. Lifeweaver will now receive increased health from Rejuvenating Dash, and Tree of Life’s healing will be converted into Overhealth for allies. As for Magnetic, the range on his Magnetic Grenade ability will be shortened and fixed at 1.5 seconds.

Kiriko and Mercy have been mainstays for almost every season. They can shift the odds in favor of players thanks to their versatile move set involving mobility, utility, and high-healing output. However, their popularity in the fandom could decrease with the arrival of the Overwatch 2 Invasion update on August 10.

Overwatch 2’s Mercy has been a subject of debate for a while due to her ability to make heroes overpowered. She is a healing-oriented introductory hero whose damage boost can change the course of matches. Despite not being an AoE healer, Mercy could fit in well with many team compositions thanks to her mobility and offensive capabilities. Kiriko, on the other hand, is among the best support heroes and provides players with every tool to dominate matches. It will be interesting to see how the community reacts to these support hero changes come the Invasion update on August 10.

Overwatch 2 is available now in early access for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

Source: Blizzard

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