Overwatch’s most recent patch seriously buffed hacker-extraordinaire Sombra, increasing the number of abilities she could disable, increasing her translator duration, and reducing her hack cast-time.
But it seems Blizzard think the hero is a bit too overpowered, and have plans to nerf her in the next patch.
Overwatch developer Geoff Goodman revealed, on the official Overwatch forums, that Sombra will undergo some changes in the next patch.
Firstly, anytime Sombra’s hack is interrupted by damage, the hacking ability will go on cooldown for two seconds. The nerf is intended to stop you from holding down the hack key and hoping for the best, instead making you be more careful about who you choose to hack, and when.
The second major change is to the pesky window of time, at the end of Sombra’s hack, that stops the ability from being cancelled – even when the line of sight is broken or a defensive effect, such Tracer’s recall is used. Goodman explains the purpose of this was to stop objects like lampposts getting in the way of the hack, but instead its made it more difficult for players to respond to hacks. The window is now being removed, and instead multiple line of sight checks will ensure objects like signs and lamp posts are not an issue. In addition, Blizzard are speeding up Sombra’s update rate for her hacking so that it is more responsive in checking issues like this.
“The intent of all of her recent changes is still to increase her overall strength and viability,” Goodman explains. “We’re keeping a close eye on her to make sure she lands in a good place.”
We already knew Sombra nerfs were coming. Zachary “ZachaREEE” Lombardo, who plays for Overwatch contenders team Fusion University, said earlier this week that Overwatch League pros were informed by Blizzard some changes are on the way to reduce the hacking hero’s power.