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Torbjórn and his turrets are finally getting nerfed…on console

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In many ways, Overwatch is about balance. About constantly countering an enemy side with an evolving strategy and never having to rely on just one single character to save the day. Too many Bastions? A tag team of Widowmaker and McCree should be able to make quick work of those salt-powered Omnics. Being harassed by an entrenched group of players who are moving the payload forward? Cycle in some justice from above or unleash a Reaper ultimate at the perfect time to swing the match your way.

And then there’s Torbjórn. Possibly the worst thing to come out of Sweden since that nation unleashed the impossibly catchy rhythm of Abba upon the world in the 1970s, Torbjórn is everyone’s biggest bane. Short enough to mess up your headshot rhythm and armed with capable weapons and skills, Torbjórn is a pint-sized package of pain and gears.

But it’s those turrets that make him such a pain in the ass. Torbjórn’s turrets are monsters to deal with, and even more so when you have to face an entire team of Swedish gnomes constantly repairing their death-dealers. There are of course numerous ways to deal with those turrets, but doing so takes a large chunk of fun out of any Overwatch experience.

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Which is Torbjórn is getting a significant turret downgrade on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. “In an upcoming patch, we will reduce the damage done by Torbjörn’s turret by 30% on Xbox One and PS4. PC will remain unchanged,” Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan wrote on a Reddit thread that is pure Torbjórn hate.

ETA – Mid to late July depending on 1st party certification times.

Why only console players? Well that might be because we lack a certain amount of precision that PC players enjoy with a mouse and keyboard. Torbjórn’s turrets however, don’t have that handicap, and could probably give a fly extra anuses if that was a character in Overwatch. Nerfing Torbjórn should help make matches with a heavy defense flair a lot more balanced in the long run.

Also, f*** Torbjórn. Seriously.

Last Updated: June 27, 2016

36 Comments

  1. Good
    Trollbjorn can GITMFS

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  2. Allykhat

    June 27, 2016 at 07:47

    I played all weekend on PS4, and while Torb was difficult, I never came across a team harassing with him… Junkrat though…. I nearly snapped my controller because of that character.

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    • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

      June 27, 2016 at 07:47

      FIRE IN THE HOLE
      VRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

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      • Deceased

        June 27, 2016 at 10:40

        I imagine destroying the wheel on console must be a nightmare?

        ( on PC, that’s one ulti I don’t really care about – just shoot the wheel, and if you’re not in the vicinity of the wheel, find the rat )

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        • Allykhat

          June 27, 2016 at 10:43

          You get lucky occasionally, but most times when you hear that if you dont have a character that takes advantage of elevation, you are dead.

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        • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

          June 27, 2016 at 10:46

          Hehehe find the rat

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      • Allykhat

        June 27, 2016 at 10:43

        That line is the bane of my existence

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  3. Ottokie

    June 27, 2016 at 08:02

    Yes ok, because he is not overpowered on PC as well right?

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    • Hargrim

      June 27, 2016 at 08:10

      Not really, no. Genji, Pharah, Hanzo, Widowmaker or McCree are all good counters when playing solo. In a team, D.Va or Reinhardt to block the damage while anyone else that can do damage takes it out. All of this except Reinhardt also works against Bastion

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 27, 2016 at 08:11

        Exactly!

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      • Ottokie

        June 27, 2016 at 08:12

        True, but mostly talking to the cheesing 4-6 man Trollborn groups 🙂

        Not impossible to take out but sure makes for a very shyt round of fun

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          June 27, 2016 at 08:13

          So two Reinhardts and any of the above should work better than the Springboks scrum did this weekend. I’ve said before I ‘ve played in a round with six Torbjorns, we lost some matches and we won some. All because the other group picked the right heroes

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          • Hargrim

            June 27, 2016 at 08:15

            A smart Torb team will sub in a Bastion or 2 as soon as the mass Reinhardts show up ;D

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            June 27, 2016 at 08:16

            LOL Bastion shreds his shields

          • Ottokie

            June 27, 2016 at 08:16

            When a bastion has 15k-20k damage done. It was because he was shooting Reinhardt shields the whole game 😛

          • Hargrim

            June 27, 2016 at 08:19

            As he should be doing. A Reinhardt with no shield means his entire team is vulnerable for 10-15 seconds, and it only takes 3 seconds to blow it up

          • Ottokie

            June 27, 2016 at 08:19

            ^this

          • Ottokie

            June 27, 2016 at 08:20

            Even when I am playing Mercy I keep pumping bullets into that shield every second I get open.

          • Hargrim

            June 27, 2016 at 08:23

            Pumping bullets into anything as Mercy is so satisfying! First game last night, Defend on Hollywood, I pick Mercy, stand in front of enemy spawn and just unload a clip, not even aiming

            Eliminated (Enemy Name) 100

            😀

          • Matthew Holliday

            June 27, 2016 at 10:18

            but man, the stats!
            youre giving the reinhart free stats man!
            prepare yourself for salt when the reinhart cries about how they lost after he blocked so much damage.

          • Deceased

            June 27, 2016 at 10:42

            ^ this

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            June 27, 2016 at 08:19

            Not like you can miss that shield, even with a controller

      • Deceased

        June 27, 2016 at 10:41

        I’ve found that Tracer is the easiest character to take the Turbjern AND his turret 🙂

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  4. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 27, 2016 at 08:07

    Babies

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  5. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 27, 2016 at 08:11

    Next they’ll want to nerf Roadhog because he heals too much damage, or how about Soldier 76 because the rockets are too accurate and is used for sniping or how about nerfing Bastion because he’s alt mode is too accurate and does too much damage? Torbjorn was fine as is, people just didn’t want to switch to heroes that counters him

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    • BakedBagel

      June 27, 2016 at 09:28

      I disagree, playing an fps with a controller is hard as is, now you throwing in something that has auto-aim and auto-fire with decent dmg. I can see why this needed to be changed.

      Torb needed to be changed on console, hence why he was untouched on PC

      But remember, dissallowing the same hero on the team is the real problem
      :^)
      :^)

      kek

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 27, 2016 at 10:34

        I stick with my opinion that if you use the right hero your chances increase exponentially. Most turrets are placed to have a wide view of the battlefield which makes it easy for Widomaker to pick off. Putting turrets on a horizontally moving platform increases it’s effectiveness a bit too much on console which is one thing the should not allow…. maybe

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        • BakedBagel

          June 27, 2016 at 10:40

          Dont disagree with you, when someone mentioned Overwatch as having elements of MOBA’s, one of the actions you take with a team in a MOBA is to counter what is killing you.

          I 100% agree with this. Ive also tried to play a fps title on a console and its infinity harder with 2 joysticks.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      June 27, 2016 at 10:15

      I half agree with you.

      Its not like there is only one counter to him, a reasonably balanced team should be able to handle it, a semi coordinated push or one exceptional play should get them off the point, and once the first points been pushed, it all gets alot easier.
      Not to mention the 30m range limit of turrets that are countered by anything with decent range.

      But then again, console controllers etc.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 27, 2016 at 10:31

        It can be tough with a controller I agree

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    • Deceased

      June 27, 2016 at 10:46

      ^ this guy understands 😐

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  6. Spy Master Tokashi

    June 27, 2016 at 10:01

    Sjoe, the poor babies got what they wanted …

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  7. Matthew Holliday

    June 27, 2016 at 10:19

    Anyone watch Boku no hero academia yesterday, when the dude with the gun rocks up, did anyone else think “ITS HIIIIIIIIIGH NOON”?

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  8. Thenasd1

    June 27, 2016 at 10:49

    really this isnt justified. Hes one of my fav heroes. there are so many counters. why not nurf the arrow bending one shot kill hanzo.seriously a guy shot me in the leg and I died instantly. Man there goes another game ruining moment for me. Really enjoyed the Swedish dude now with a 30% drop and little to no other defensive mechanism hes useless.

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    • eyesuc

      June 27, 2016 at 13:10

      They should have compensated and increased the dmg on his primary weapon. But alas, the salt has corroded his turret.

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  9. The Order of the Banana

    June 27, 2016 at 11:48

    Noooooooooooo!!!!!

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