Overwatch 2 Season 1 kicks off as soon as the FPS game launches, allowing players the chance to check out the new battle pass and its unlockable hero, Kiriko. It is accompanied by a host of changes to many characters, but Junker Queen is the one under the nerf hammer.
In their September 21 blog post on hero balance, Blizzard confirms that heroes will undergo major changes at the start of each new season in an attempt to create an ever-changing meta.
Writing “this means that the new seasons will feel more distinct and special with a significant balance change when we move into the next season”, Blizzard says that hero tweaks have already started for Season 1, with the now notorious Junker Queen receiving a heavy blow from prohibition. hammer – again.
As a result of beta feedback and pro play data, Junker Queen’s Commanding Shout ability has been deemed too powerful. To moderate it, Blizzard has made the following changes:
- command shout
- Allied health bonus reduced from 100 to 50 HP
- Allied duration reduced from five to three seconds
- Temporary health no longer decays over its duration.
- Cooldown increased from 11 to 15 seconds
There are some clear nerfs here, but the upside is that temporary health in general now generates a 50% reduced max charge instead of zero, allowing players with high damage to fill the max gauge faster doing their job. You’ll also retain 30% of your max charge for switching heroes across all roles, pretty cool right?
Passive DPS has also been changed, giving players a 25% increase in cooldown and movement speed if they eliminate an enemy player. While this doesn’t stack, it resets on death.
Also on the tank side of things, Orisa has been given a post-nerf buff. Noting that she remains “a challenging hero to balance”, they state that she has “one of the lowest win rates in the game”. In an attempt to combat this, the developers changed her base health and armor to 275 instead of 200, and reduced the cooldown on her Energy Javelin from eight seconds to six.
Other heroes like Sombra, Brigitte, Baptiste, D.Va, and Sojourn have also received minor changes, which you can check out here. How this will change Overwatch 2’s tier list remains to be seen, but as we inch ever closer to release, it’s worth checking out our list of all Overwatch 2 heroes anyway to get ahead of the curve.