Overwatch 2 screenshot showing off Kiriko using Kitsune rush

[Update #2]: Overwatch 2's first balance update has arrived with nerfs to Zarya, Genji, Sombra, as well as Junkrat for some reason.

[Update]: Overwatch 2's next tank hero will be Ramattra - the mysterious Omnic leader of Null Sector.

As you can very easily tell by browsing the most played heroes in the Top 500 leaderboard, Overwatch 2 currently has a bit of a balance problem. Thankfully, Blizzard is well aware of this and has already announced plans to fix some of these issues.

Unfortunately, it's not all good news. For whatever reason, the Overwatch 2 team has decided to not release the big balance update today, but rather in three weeks! As such, if you're looking to rid yourself of the endless swarm of Zaryas and Genjis, I'm afraid you'll have to wait until November 15th.

For now, however, allow me to share with you the exact list of changes, as well as the reasoning behind them. Have a look:


Hack ability lockout duration reduced from 1.75 to 1.5 seconds

 Hacked enemies are no longer valid targets for hacking for the duration of the effect

 Hacked damage multiplier reduced from 40 to 25%

Dev Comment: With Sombra’s rework, she gained a lot more damage to help account for the reduced ability lockout duration of Hack. This has proven to be too deadly for a flanker with easy access to the enemy backlines, and we’ve similarly had to address the damage output of heroes like Tracer, Reaper, and now, Genji, in the 5v5 format.

She can also no longer channel hack on an already hacked target as feedback indicated the reduced cooldown combined with hacking from stealth proved to be too frustrating for many players. This is essentially a per-target cooldown that enables Hack to keep its current 4 second cooldown for potentially hacking multiple targets.


 Maximum ammo reduced from 30 to 24

 Shuriken damage reduced from 29 to 27

Dev Comment: Genji is a Hero that has greatly benefited from the move to 5v5. Changing to a single Tank and the reduction of crowd control has meant Genji has had less obstacles in his way, however he hasn’t received tuning updates since he wasn’t actively in the meta until launch (something also informed by our general preference to avoid preemptive adjustments when possible). We also saw that, in early beta tests, other flanking Heroes such as Tracer and Reaper were also significantly more effective in OW2. These changes will bring Genji more in line with the other flanking damage heroes.


 Barrier duration reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds
 Barrier cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds

Dev Comment: Early player sentiment predicted Zarya as one of the weakest solo tanks in 5v5 though her high damage potential and barrier uptime have proven to be extremely effective. For opponents, feedback has indicated this can feel as though Zarya has very limited windows of vulnerability, which feels difficult to deal with when combined with her ramping damage potential.

These changes will reduce the barrier uptime, making it slightly more difficult for her to gain energy and will provide enemies with more time to deal damage to her.


 Fusion Cannon spread increased from 3.5 to 3.75
 Boosters impact damage reduced from 25 to 15

Dev Comment: D.va ended up feeling too deadly after the last round of changes given how resilient she can be with the improved Defense Matrix. Both our stats and high-level player feedback regarded her as not effective enough before that compared with other tanks, so this is a partial revert to establish some middle ground there.


 Swift Step invulnerability duration reduced from 0.4 to 0.25 seconds

Dev Comment: This invulnerability window is primarily intended to help avoid instantly dying to something unseen after teleporting through walls, but it ended up being a little too long and led to some confusion when shooting at Kiriko

On paper, the changes seem perfectly fine, though I do have to wonder how Sojourn managed to avoid the nerf-bat. She is pretty much everywhere in higher ranked games thanks to her ability to suddenly one-shot people from range, yet Blizzard didn't even slap her with a small nerf to how long she can hold her charge. A bit odd, but hopefully she'll be sorted out in a follow-up patch.

Whatever the case may be, I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, have fun with the new Halloween mission!