She’s weathered a lot of updates without being significantly changed, but Pharah is finally getting some big changes with the next Overwatch patch… and it looks like it’s going to be a pretty big nerf. It’s not really fair to call “damage lowered by a fixed amount” a nerf because that’s just tuning and balancing; your actual abilities and playstyle remain identical. But reducing Pharah’s splash damage, upping her direct-hit-damage, and increasing her fire rate all bring her down from being someone who chokes off enemies with rockets to being someone directly into the path of fire on the ground, struggling for direct hits.
The changes are coming about as a result of what appears to be too much use of her among low-level console players, but players contest both the premise of that (she’s not disproportionately represented in console rankings) and the adjustments (which could be made console-only, as has been done with other heroes). Perhaps it would be better to say that justice lightly drizzles from above.
Meanwhile, Jeff Kaplan is playing with LEGO Tracer in a little teaser trailer, which is pretty great. You can check that out just below, it’s cute.
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