Overwatch Nerfs Junkrat And What Even Is Life Anymore?

Overwatch Nerfs Junkrat

When Overwatch nerfs Junkrat, things have spiraled out of control and there is no longer any order. Mercy changes are to be expected these days, (speaking of which, she totally got nerfed again with this patch) but Junkrat? Really, Blizzard? Instead of using your powers for good, you take on the reigning RIP-Tire champion?

Now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s get down to business. In the most recent patch to hit Overwatch, both Junkrat and Mercy nerfs are present. However, it’s not all bad news. Additional in-game “goodies” will be provided for those who pre-order the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Digital Deluxe version, so that’s pretty awesome. Other than that, not much else is going on in this patch. Check out the notes below for all of the details:


World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Pre-purchase Goodies

When you pre-purchase a Digital Deluxe version of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth you’ll receive several Warcraft-themed goodies in Overwatch. Show your faction pride on the battlefields of tomorrow with emotes for Tracer; Horde- and Alliance-themed voice lines for Torbjörn; Anduin, Jaina, Sylvanas, and Saurfang sprays; and Kul Tiras and Zandalar player icons.

To pre-order World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, click here.



  • Concussion Mine
    • Now will deal less damage to targets farther away from the explosion’s center

Developer Comments: Junkrat has been enjoying the flexibility his double-charge Concussion Mine provides, but it has become a bit too easy to throw out huge bursts of damage in a large area. With this change he can still dish out similar damage but he must now be more accurate with his tosses.


  • Valkyrie
    • No longer makes Resurrect instant
    • No longer grants a bonus Resurrect charge
    • The speed bonus Guardian Angel receives when activating Valkyrie has been decreased by 50%
    • Duration reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds

Developer Comments: Mercy’s recent Resurrect changes have helped in allowing enemies to have more counter play in dealing with her, but she was able to use Resurrect through Valkyrie enough to largely mitigate the impact of the previous changes. Additionally, we’re toning back the amount of mobility Valkyrie provides through Guardian Angel and reducing its duration to overall reduce the power of this ability.



  • Fixed a bug that prevented D.Va’s face and hair textures from loading when her Black Cat skin was equipped

Seems relatively painless, but if Overwatch nerfs Junkrat, it means that no hero is truly safe. Actually, come to think of it, his changes do seem a bit necessary. With the ability of tossing out both of those concussion mines, a bounty of damage could be done. The nerf now means that us Junkrat mains will have to be a little more precise moving forward.

Overwatch is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with the above patch being live across all platforms. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming news, check out the following:

What say you, heroes? Do you find these changes to be for the greater good, or should they have left Junkrat alone? How long will it be before Mercy goes unaltered for longer than a week? Hyperbole aside, sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!

Eric Garrett2200 Posts

Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.

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