January's Overwatch patch nerfs Zenyatta, Echo, and Tracer. The recently released Overwatch patch for Jan. 28 has left a bitter taste in the mouths of Echo, Zenyatta, and Tracer players. All three characters have been targeted for a series of nerfs in a variety of ways.
Echo has seen her Tri-shot ammo reduced from 15 to 12 and the duration of her focusing beam likewise reduced from 2.5 seconds to 2 seconds.
Developer Notes: Echo’s kit is designed around mobility and burst damage but she was performing too well against high health targets, such as tanks. Reducing the maximum firing duration of her primary weapon and Focusing Beam will lower her sustained damage output without impacting her burst damage potential against squishier targets.
Tracer has also seen a minor nerf that lowers her Pulse Pistols minimum and maximum from 13-23 to 12-20 meters.
Developer Notes: This new falloff range causes the damage to scale down faster when targets are outside of Tracer’s optimal distance, making her less threatening at mid-range.
Finally, Zenyatta has seen yet another nerf to his Orbs. His Orb of Harmony projectile speed has been downgraded from 120 to 90 while the Orb of Discord has also been slowed from 120 to 90 in addition to its damage being reduced 30% to 25%.
Developer Notes: Zenyatta has been a bit too effective at enabling team-wide damage output lately so we’re taking some power out of the Orb of Discord by reducing both its total damage amplification as well as the speed at which it can be applied over long distances. The new projectile speed now matches that of his primary fire, Orb of Destruction.