The latest Overwatch experimental changes that went live on Nov. 12 brought a couple of changes that players can try out. One of the changes was a buff to Pharah's Hover Jets ability. Before it was removed, Pharah players could crouch mid-air to accelerate downwards. The change means movement speed buff to land ground-bound, making it more challenging for enemy DPS and snipers to target her.
Pharah's Hover Jets Buff Removed from Overwatch Experimental Mode
This buff was featured briefly before being removed. Josh Nash, Overwatch Community Manager, explained in the Overwatch forum that Pharah's update has caused issues to players. Even though there is no certainty if it will come back, Mr. Nash further mentioned that Blizzard "may test again in the future, but will need to implement some fixes before it's ready again."
Pharah's place in meta picks has been quite tricky. Usually paired up with Mercy, dubbed as "Pharmacy" or "Pharmercy," Pharah can be deadly if positioned correctly. Her biggest counters are DPS heroes such as Widowmaker, Soldier 76, McCree, or even Torbjörn turrets. The experimental buff added an additional option for Pharah mains to manage her fuel consumption both to ascend or descend. While she is still a squishy hero, at least with smart positioning, right timing, and priority healing/boosting, she can emerge to be a nightmare with sextuple kills!