Overwatch concept artwork for Genji

[Update #2]: The Genji buffs have now gone live alongside a 'priority requeue' system for canceled games!

[Update]: Blizzard has shared the list of the most popular, user-made game modes for Overwatch.

Despite being one of the most popular heroes in Overwatch since the very beginning, Genji is not exactly in a good place right now. The steady stream of buffs to other character has rendered his damage output nearly meaningless in comparison, while the introduction of counter heroes like Brigitte or Moira has left him without the ability to safely close the distance and fight the enemy backline.

All of that will soon be in the past, however, as Blizzard has now released some rather juicy Genji buffs as a part of the newest experimental mode. The update has also buffed Hanzo's storm arrows, nerfed Echo's beam, as well as given Moira a bit of a strange rebalance. Here's what's being changed:


Focusing Beam Range reduced from 20m to 16m



- Primary Fire Damage increased from 28 to 30

 Secondary Fire

- Spread reduced from 12 to 9


- Duration increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds

- Deflect can now be cancelled manually


 Storm Arrows

- Damage increased from 60 to 70


 Biotic Grasp

- Primary Fire Healing per second increased from 65 to 70

 Secondary Fire

- Damage per second reduced from 50 to 40

Out of all these tweaks, I must admit I simply cannot understand the Moira ones. She is already a one-dimensional hero that is on the razor's edge in terms of balance because of how much healing she can spew out. So why nerf her already mediocre damage in favor of buffing the most problematic part of her kit? All this will do is further enforce her one-dimensional nature as a heal-bot, and I highly doubt anyone really wants that - Moira players or otherwise.

That said, all of this is currently a part of the experimental mode and thus open to further changes, so hopefully Blizzard will look over the feedback and take Moira in a bit of a different direction. Should that happen I'll make sure to let you know, but until then you can keep an eye on the experimental update over at the official website.