Overwatch New Update Introduces Changes to Mercy & Lucio

Blizzard has released a new update for Overwatch, along with the full patch notes. It introduces some general updates, bug fixes, and hero updates. The main meat of the patch are the changes that they’ve introduced to Lucio and Mercy. It changes Wall Ride, Guardian Angel, and Valkyrie.

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Overwatch New Update Introduces Changes to Mercy & Lucio
Overwatch New Update Introduces Changes to Mercy & Lucio

The Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing. Players can unlock a whole bunch of Halloween-themed costumes, and the Junkenstein’s Revenge PvE Brawl. While this is going on, Blizzard has been at work, balancing the game further and fixing bugs. The result is a new patch, which, among other things, introduces changes to Mercy and Lucio.

Lucio’s Wall Ride speed boost is getting a 65% increase. This is due to a bug that slowed down the speed boost significantly. The increase should make up for this. As for Mercy, both Guardian Angel and Valkyrie are getting fixed. You can now glide past a targeted ally by using the jump key, and the cooldown will no longer reset when you activate Resurrect. Valkyrie will no longer reset nor reduce the Resurrect cooldown, but you’ll get a bonus Resurrection charge. The developers explained the reason behind the changes to Valkyrie:

This method makes Resurrect more flexible when used with Valkyrie. For example, in the past if you wanted to resurrect two teammates, you had to revive the first target, then activate Valkyrie (causing the Resurrect’s cooldown to reset), and then revive the other target. With this change, you can now activate Valkyrie and fly in quickly to resurrect both targets instantly.

There’s a several more items in the patch notes; most notably, two bug fixes:

  • Fixed a bug preventing Mercy’s momentum from slowing down correctly when Guardian Angel was canceled
  • Fixed a bug preventing the visual effects on Sombra’s Pumpkinette victory pose from displaying correctly
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