While fans wait for more news on Overwatch 2, Blizzard is continuing to tinker with the balance of the original Overwatch. Today’s patch, which is live on PC and consoles, contained a surprising change for the healer Moira and her Fade ability.
Now phases out all allies within 6 meters (and self) for 1 second after exiting Fade
Phasing makes a hero immune to all damage and effects. It will work exactly like Reaper’s Wraith Form or Moira’s own Fade effect in this regard
These changes were made in the “Experimental Mode” of Overwatch, which provides the developers with a sandbox where they can test wild changes that may never make it to the official version of the game.
Even with that in mind, this is a very powerful addition to the game that gives players the chance to just nope out of tons of dangerous situations. Enemy D.VA bomb? Dragonblade Genji? Mei’s Blizzard? Everyone can gather around Moira like baby ducks and she can blink them out of existence with the right timing. Being fully immune to all damage and effects is a potent aid to give to allies, and Overwatch fans are reacting on social media.
MOIRA FADE NOW FADES ALL ALLIES FOR 1 SECOND??? WHO IS BALANCING THIS GAME LOL THERE'S JUST NO WAY pic.twitter.com/3XO3u1XFkA— Samito (@SamitoFPS) July 23, 2020
Moira is already good -> lets give her immortality field on fade cooldown KEKW— Daniel Fenner (@DanielFenner) July 23, 2020
meanwhile dps heroes get a strong hero one time in 2 years and hes nerfed after 2 weeks KEKW pic.twitter.com/qQIlQDdRsk
While fans are already worried, it’s worth remembering that the Experimental mode of the game is, well, extremely experimental. Jeff Kaplan, game director on Overwatch, posted about the changes on Reddit days ago and noted that these were Moira changes that the team were “unsure” about.
Players can give the new Moira a shot by picking the Experimental Card on Overwatch. It’s possible this Fade is too powerful for the game, and never makes it out of the mode. Or, this could be the start of a new era of Moira play, in which case, it might be worth practicing now.