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Blizzard Nerfs Mercy's Rez

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After weeks on Overwatch’s public test realm, Blizzard’s big Mercy nerf has gone live.

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The controversial set of changes centers around the effect Mercy’s ult, Valkyrie, had on her resurrect ability. Previously, Valkyrie took away resurrect’s cast time. Now it doesn’t. It also granted a bonus resurrect. It doesn’t do that anymore either. In addition, the speed boost Guardian Angel gets from Valkyrie has been dropped by 50 percent, and Valkyrie now only lasts 15 seconds instead of 20.

The Overwatch team explained that while they’ve already nerfed Mercy some, they felt that her ult still made her too powerful.

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“Mercy’s recent Resurrect changes have helped in allowing enemies to have more counter play in dealing with her,” they wrote, “but she was able to use Resurrect through Valkyrie enough to largely mitigate the impact of the previous changes.”

Kotaku senior reporter. Beats: Twitch, streaming, PC gaming. Writing a book about streamers tentatively titled "STREAMERS" to be published by Atria/Simon & Schuster in the future.

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DISCUSSION

I know there were some good reasons for a least portions of this nerf, but it always sucks to see a support unit nerfed in almost any online game; god knows I have a hard enough time finding teammates that don’t just want to go for highest kills, no matter what the game/objective.