Tank Hero Enhancements
D.VA, already a powerhouse, received significant boosts:
- Fusion Cannons: Movement penalty now only 30%, down from 40%.
- Micro Missiles: Projectiles speeded up to 50 from the previous 40.
Given Doomfist’s dominance in the dive tank role, a tweak was necessary:
- Rocket Punch: Wall stun duration adjustments — min from 0.25s to 0.15s and max from 0.75s to 0.6s.
A surprising revelation about Winston’s secondary fire:
- Tesla Cannon: The secondary fire now extends up to 40 meters, a solid 10 meters jump.
DPS Hero Revisions
The long-awaited Bastion nerfs are here, albeit minimal:
- Configuration: Assault: 2 seconds added to the cooldown and a 10% weapon spread increase.
Cassidy, Mei, and Sombra
A trio of alterations for these heroes:
- Cassidy’s Magnetic Grenade: Cooldown jumps to 12 seconds.
- Mei’s Endothermic Blaster: Slowing effect drops from 40% to 30%.
- Sombra’s EMP: 10% cost reduction for her ultimate.
Symmetra, Widowmaker’s Changes
Minor but meaningful shifts for both:
- Symmetra: Shield health reduced by 25 points.
- Widowmaker’s Widow’s Kiss: Unscoped shots for max spread increase from 3 to 7.
Support Hero Overhauls
With her recent aggressive stance, Ana witnesses:
- Biotic Grenade: Cooldown stretched to 12 seconds.
Baptiste’s Balancing Act
The ever-shifting Baptiste faces:
- Immortality Field: Health decrease to 125 and a cooldown boost to 25 seconds.
Illari and Kiriko
Some major tweaks for these supports:
- Illari’s Solar Rifle: Projectile size halved.
- Kiriko’s Protection Suzu: Cooldown nudged up by a second.
These changes seem somewhat aggressive:
- Healing Blossom: Ammo and max heal both reduced.
- Life Grip: Cooldown extended by 3 seconds.
Zenyatta’s Zen Changes
Zenyatta undergoes intriguing modifications:
- Base Health: A jump of 25 points.
- Harmony Orb: Longer wear-off time.
- Orb of Discord: Multiple changes including range boost and reapplication restrictions.
Anticipate the Meta
The Overwatch esports Season 7 Midseason patch notes reflect a deliberate push to balance both underwhelming and overpowering heroes. With these changes, players should anticipate a shift in the meta and adapt their strategies accordingly.