Overwatch‘s Mercy has two roles on the battlefield: 1) Stalwart, reliable healer of your team, and 2) stalwart, reliable infuriator of the other team every time she nails a massive resurrection ult, cancelling out all their hard work in a single, blinding flash. Blizzard’s decided to change the latter.
“It’s pretty disheartening to have Mercy just erase [a team wipe] with a full team res,” said Jeff “JKap” Kaplan in a new video. As a result, her resurrection ability is getting demoted. Soon, it will be single-target-only (as opposed to potentially being able to bring back the full team), and it won’t even be an ult any more. Instead, it will be a secondary ability on a cooldown that Kaplan described as “rather long”. So it will be less powerful, but perhaps a bit more versatile.
Mercy will not, however, become Overwatch‘s first ult-less hero. The Overwatch team isn’t that mean. Her new ult will be called “Valkyrie”, and upon activation, it will do multiple things. First, it will give her the gift of full-on flight. No jetpacks or whatever. She’ll have full freedom of airborne mobility. Second, it will make her better at everything, meaning she’ll be able to soar to allies who are further away, resurrect quicker, and her healing and damage beams will reach further, too. In addition, they will chain to multiple allies at once. Addressing Battle Mercys (“I know that you exist,” he said), Kaplan noted that even Mercy’s gun will shoot faster and hit harder. So basically, prepare to get owned by flocks of flying Battle Mercys blasting Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” over voice chat.
“We feel like Mercy will feel a lot more engaging to play than standing around the corner, hiding and waiting for that moment to press the ultimate,” said Kaplan.
The changes should now be available for testing on Overwatch‘s PC public test realm.