Fans Of Overwatch 2 Aren’t Happy That Blizzard Wants To Weaken Genji As Part Of An Upcoming Balance Patch

Fans Of Overwatch 2 Aren’t Happy That Blizzard Wants To Weaken Genji As Part Of An Upcoming Balance Patch
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In response to the news that Genji’s damage potential will be significantly reduced in the upcoming hero balance patch, many longtime fans of Overwatch 2 have expressed their dissatisfaction. Fans of Overwatch 2 do not want to see any changes made to their favorite cyborg ninja, even if they have been demanding nerfs to many characters that are now dominating the game’s meta.

Hero-balancing updates tend to divide the Overwatch community, and Blizzard’s track record in this regard isn’t excellent. Heroes like Zarya, Sombra, and Sojourn have been causing issues for players of all skill levels ever since Overwatch 2 was released at the beginning of the month. While no one enjoys seeing their favorite hero nerfed, it was necessary to address the issue for the good of the community.

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Overwatch’s official Twitter account announced the hero adjustments in a Twitter Spaces conversation. Lead Hero Designer Alec Dawson and Overwatch League commentator Matt Morello had a 24-minute discussion in which they discussed the forthcoming hero adjustments that will be implemented in the upcoming balance patch scheduled for release on November 15.

Nerfs to Genji’s shurikens have been announced, along with those to Sombra’s hack and Zarya’s barrier many players have requested. Also, Genji’s ammunition has been lowered from 30 to 24, and the damage of each shuriken has been reduced from 29 to 27.

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The developers have also indicated that they would nerf D.Va and, to a lesser extent, Kiriko, in addition to the heroes already mentioned. Unfortunately for players, Blizzard didn’t say nerfing Sojourn, a hero that many find particularly overpowered in the current meta. The upcoming modifications to Genji may be beneficial for younger players of Overwatch 2, who may have trouble opposing Genji but may be devastating for many high-ranking players.

Many keep their fingers crossed that Blizzard will consider player feedback because the following updates are still a few weeks away.