Latest 'Overwatch' Patch Introduces New Character Moira, Mercy Debuffs
Overwatch's newest support hero, the Talon geneticist Moira, is now playable starting today. A healing/damaging hybrid, she uses her Biotic Grasp to help her allies and hurt her foes. Her primary fire sprays a cone of energy that heals all teammates within range, while her alternate fire tethers to enemies and siphons health. Meanwhile, her Biotic Orb ability launches a sphere that bounces around the battlefield, and Fade allows her to disappear and become invulnerable for a short time. Her ultimate, Coalescence, can pierce barriers to heal and damage people in its path.
Blizzard's latest Overwatch patch also brings some debuffs to Mercy. The character got an overhaul earlier this year, but many felt the changes were overpowered. Her Resurrect ability now takes longer to activate, and her movement speed is now reduced by 75 percent while casting. Enemies can now also interrupt Mercy's Resurrect by knocking her back, stunning her, or hacking her. Using Mercy's ultimate, Valkyrie, negates the cast time and movement speed debuff.
"We feel that Mercy’s recent rework has been successful, but her Resurrect ability still feels too strong and frustrating to play against," Blizzard writes in the patch notes. "Now that it has a cast time, enemies are more able to counter the ability. However, Resurrect will cast instantly when Valkyrie is active. This should make her feel powerful when she transforms on the battlefield."