Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan did his best last week to brace players for incoming nerfs. Those nerfs have arrived with Tuesday's Overwatch patch and they are as devastating as expected.
As the player base anticipated, Mercy was hit hard in the latest update. Her Valkyrie Ultimate was whacked, eliminating instant Resurrect and bonus Resurrect, while also reducing the speed bonus to Guardian Angel. The Valkyrie duration as a whole has also been reduced to 15 seconds. Overall, it's a major blow to Mercy players and brings the character back down to Earth... again.
"Mercy's recent Resurrect changes have helped in allowing enemies to have more counter play in dealing with her, but she was able to use Resurrect through Valkyrie enough to largely mitigate the impact of the previous changes," reads the Blizzard explanation. "Additionally, we're toning back the amount of mobility Valkyrie provides through Guardian Angel and reducing its duration to overall reduce the power of this ability."
But Mercy isn't the only character getting hit with the nerf bat. Junkrat's Concussion Mine is now dealing less damage to targets that manage to distance themselves from the explosion's center. Blizzard's explanation emphasizes that Junkrat players must now be more accurate with their double-charged Concussion Mines.
Finally, all Overwatch players can unlock some delicious cross-promotional goodies. Special emotes, voice lines, and other unlockables for pre-ordering World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth are now available for several of the game's characters.
More details on the January 30 patch can be found on the Overwatch website.