A couple of days ago Blizzard released a big balancing patch onto the Overwatch PTR (Public Test Realm). It brought with it some very significant nerfs to Ana, but also a couple of buffs to Zenyatta, Sombra, Junkrat, and Winston.
As it turns out, some of those changes were far too drastic, so Blizzard has just now issued a follow-up patch to hopefully address all of the issues. Ana's Biotic Grenade nerf has been reverted along with Zenyatta's insane Discord Orb buff, while Sombra has received yet another awesome quality of life change. Since the patch notes are fairly small, here's all of the new additions:
- Hacked healthpacks can now be seen through walls for her allies.
• Biotic Grenade
- Impact damage and healing reverted to live values
• Orb of Discord
- Targeting through barriers has been reverted
• Orb of Destruction
- Weapon spread removed.
With this new set of changes I have a feeling Overwatch is going to see a lot more diversity than ever before. Already we are seeing a resurgence of Pharah and Widow, but with Ana's damage slightly toned down this opens up a whole new game of cat and mouse between Pharah and her counters. Combine this with some lovely quality of life changes for Zenyatta and Sombra and you have a rather large set of team compositions to choose from, all depending on the map and the enemies you're facing off against. Consider me exited!