For past several weeks one recurring theme in casual and competitive Overwatch has been “if you don’t have a Mercy, you lose.” Many questioned Blizzard’s thought process when giving Mercy a single-target resurrection and making her ultimate extremely powerful, in that Resurrect has a shorter cooldown and resets. However, this made Mercy easily the most viable and played hero in competitive Overwatch and a must have for any and every team wishing to win. That’s all about to change as a new update is adding some much-needed nerfing to Mercy.
Here are the two significant changes:
- Players can now glide past a targeted ally using the jump key
- Cooldown no longer resets when Resurrect is activated
- No longer resets or reduces Resurrection’s cooldown
What this means, essentially, is that Mercy players would need to time their ultimates perfectly if they wanted to pull off multiple resurrections. You’d need to Resurrect, cast Valkyrie, and Resurrect again having enough time during the ultimate to maybe get off a third resurrection. It’s a bit tougher, but the reduced cooldown during her ultimate made it extremely powerful often being able to Resurrect a number of players during its duration.
As per the developer’s notes:
“Valkyrie no longer resets or reduces Resurrect’s cooldown. Instead, it now provides an extra ‘charge,’ allowing you to revive an ally even if it is still on cooldown. If the bonus charge hasn’t been spent when Valkyrie ends, it will be removed.
This method makes Resurrect more flexible when used with Valkyrie. For example, in the past if you wanted to resurrect two teammates, you had to revive the first target, then activate Valkyrie (causing the Resurrect’s cooldown to reset), and then revive the other target. With this change, you can now activate Valkyrie and fly in quickly to resurrect both targets instantly.
However, this still reduces the overall number of Resurrects that Mercy can provide, since Valkyrie no longer reduces its cooldown.”
This won’t change how often Mercy is picked as her single-target Resurrect is still extremely powerful and a must have for almost every single team composition.
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Last Updated: October 18, 2017