Overwatch 2 Mid-Season Patch Brings Support Hero Nerfs – Missing Rework for Mercy
Significant Ability Changes Hit Overwatch 2's Support Heroes, with Some Left Waiting for Mercy
The mid-season patch for Overwatch 2 was recently unveiled, and it appears that players are in for more than just Halloween treats. Referred to by some as the “global support nerf,” this update has introduced substantial ability changes to several support heroes in the game.
While this mid-season patch encompasses more than just modifications to support characters, the fact that Ana, Baptiste, Illari, Kiriko, Lifeweaver, and Zenyatta have all been affected gives it a thematic feel. Each of these heroes has undergone nerfs, with the exception of Zenyatta, who received a couple of buffs, such as extending the line-of-sight timing on his Harmony Orb from three to five seconds.
As a support main who predominantly plays Ana and Baptiste, I initially felt disheartened by these changes. Ana had already received a recent patch that reduced the healing capacity of her Biotic Grenade and increased the cooldown of this ability from 10 to 12 seconds. These alterations left me with fewer defensive options while playing as Ana. However, upon closer consideration, I’ve come to realize that nerfing support heroes could potentially benefit the future of Overwatch 2.