The Five Dumbest Overwatch Nerfs of All Time

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In the brief history of Overwatch, there is perhaps no greater nerf that lacked intellectual acuity than the patch introduced in the late Beta stages on April 5, 2016, affecting Symmetra. As a seemingly underwhelming support character, Symmetra uses a Photon Projector to cast light-bending abilities, which, in the Beta stage, primarily involved providing a shield boost for allies and creating teleporters. 

Indeed, Symmetra’s Teleporter is useful during defensive modes; however, the patch rendered her virtually useless, as the strength of her Photon Shield was reduced by 50%, displacing her as a viable hero. A later patch introduced on April 21, 2016, increased the healing output of Zenyatta’s Orb of Harmony ability by five per second, further incentivizing players to use other support characters in place of Symmetra.

According to patch notes, developers felt Symmetra's win rate was too high, but the nerf ultimately resulted in the character being eclipsed by her class counterparts. Luckily, Blizzard has made significant improvements to Symmetra worthy of the character's fascinating biography. 

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Do you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments below which nerf was the most egregious in Overwatch's history. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more on your favorite Overwatch heroes!

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Published Jan. 31st 2018
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