Blizzard’s in the midst of testing its latest patch for Overwatch in the PC version’s PTR (Public Test Realm). There are all sorts of changes within, but the most sweeping changes for a single hero have been levied at Genji.
He’s needed some attention, for sure. His Ultimate has always been exceedingly hard to counter, and his mobility made him tougher to beat than a decent Tracer. So, Blizzard’s trying some things. Here’s the full rub for what’s in testing for Genji:
- Double jump no longer resets when wall climbing
- No longer deals damage to traps like Widowmaker’s Venom Mine or Junkrat’s Steel Trap
- No longer bypasses Junkrat’s Steel Trap
- Swift Strike
- No longer interrupts quick melee attacks
- Duration of Genji’s ultimate has been reduced from 8 seconds to 6 seconds
Developer Comments: Genji was a little too difficult to pin down, and these changes will balance his speed. Swift Strike no longer cancels the recovery time from a quick melee attack, so players will no longer be able to get a free melee attack before using Swift Strike. Lastly, Dragonblade’s duration was long enough that it often felt too difficult to reasonably counter.
That’s a lot, right? His mobility has been reduced, and his Ultimate time has thankfully been shortened by two seconds.
While the community at large seems alright with the changes, Pro Genjis everywhere haven’t taken the news too well. This image popped up on the Overwatch subreddit within the post titled, “Pro Genjis Looking at the PTR Patch Notes Like:”
Salty, indeed. What do you think?