Overwatch’s Torbjörn Is Getting A Nerf On Consoles

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Jason and I aren’t the only ones complaining that Overwatch’s turret-builder Torbjörn is frustratingly overpowered. Today, Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan told players that the bearded fellow’s annoying turrets will soon be getting a significant damage nerf on consoles.


“In an upcoming patch, we will reduce the damage done by Torbjörn’s turret by 30% on Xbox One and PS4. PC will remain unchanged,” wrote Kaplan, chiming in on a lengthy Reddit thread complaining about the character. “ETA - Mid to late July depending on 1st party certification times.”

Console players are generally less accurate than PC players, who are aided by the precision of mouse and keyboard controls. The thinking has been that because Torbjörn’s turrets fire with pinpoint accuracy, they break through the skill ceiling in a lot of console matches and help Torbjörn players dominate, especially when playing defense.

I’m pretty sick of dealing with three or more Torbjörns every time I’m on attack, so hopefully this nerf starts to shake things up.

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Torbjorn is my least favourite hero to play, he’s so boring. He is my favourite to counter though if the enemy team just has one he’s not too bad. (multiple Torbs can indeed get out of hand though)

But I feel like this is one of the hardest nerfs yet for a hero, I mean now he’s just a usless boring hero to play? Tracers and Genjis already destroy his turrets, as does D.Va and Widowmaker.

R.I.P Torbjorn. I do not care for you, and I do not rage at you, but your nerf is pretty harsh.