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Overwatch Fan Reveals the Only Hero to Never Receive a Nerf

Only one hero in all of Overwatch has escaped the nerf hammer. Can you guess who it is?
Only one hero in all of Overwatch has escaped the nerf hammer. Can you guess who it is? / Blizzard Entertainment

Only one hero in all of Overwatch has escaped the nerf hammer. Can you guess who it is?

A Reddit post published to the official Overwatch subreddit on Monday, Oct. 18, has revealed an intriguing piece of information regarding character rebalances. As with any live service game, the heroes of Overwatch have received a variety of nerfs, buffs, tweaks, and shifts since the game launched almost five years ago. Of them, however, only one has managed to never be nerfed.

Which Overwatch Hero has Never Received a Nerf?

According to Reddit user hmmdraco, the answer is: Winston.

Winston has received a total of four major changes since the launch of Overwatch in 2016. Two tweaks were made to his Barrier in 2017—one quality of life and one cosmetic. It gained a buff in 2019 with patch 1.41.0.0 and then Winston, himself, gained a buff to his base armor and health.

However, none of these could be considered nerfs. Winston has never lost health, had his cooldown time increased, experienced a decrease in his rate of fire, and so on. In fact, he's seen quite the opposite, which makes his dismal pick rate even more disheartening.

According to OverBuff, Winston's pick rate hovers between ~2%—4% depending on the player's ranking. He does have a steady win rate average of 50% when chosen throughout all tiers.

"IMO Winston is the most well balanced hero in this game," user Glass_Windows wrote.

ZephyrUltimate seemed to agree, replying, "You can’t nerf a perfect character."

We're eager to see if this line of thinking holds with the release of Overwatch 2.