Principal Designer of Overwatch, Geoff Goodman has confirmed that they are looking into a Zenyatta nerf while giving some buffs to Mei and Mercy.
Explaining the situation on the Battle.net forums on the Don’t Nerf Zenyatta thread
Zenyatta is definitely playing a lot better these days. At this point anecdotal feedback, internal stats, and competitive feedback are all showing hes actually a bit *too* strong at the moment.
At this point we’re looking likely to reduce some of his power in an upcoming patch, probably related to his Discord Orb.
Regarding Mei, Goodman responded in the Mei’s biggest problem is her M1 thread
While Mei currently doesn’t see a ton of tournament or competitive play, I don’t think shes super far off.
Currently her ult can feel a bit unwieldy and inconsistent, especially when you compare it to other similar ults such as Reinhardt’s. We’re internally testing allowing the ultimate projectile she throws to pierce barriers (such as Reinhardt’s shield), and increasing the radius a bit on it.
As for Mercy the post came in the same Zenyatta thread as the nerf discussion where Goodman confirmed that they had been looking at Mercy for some time.
I’ve been looking at Mercy for some time now. If you guys saw the last PTR iteration, you could see the kinds of changes we were trying with her. I’d love to give her damage buffing alternate fire more power, but there are too many degenerate cases that pop up when we try that.
There are some other ideas, and many more things we’ve been trying on and off that you guys never get to see. At one point (a couple months ago) she had a new E ability that put a slow heal over time effect on everyone around you, that meant you could use it to toss onto people that needed topping off without having to swap beam targets as often. That particular design ended up having some issues, but just so you know we are iterating on her internally.
That doesn’t mean shes necessarily due for a new ability either. She already has a lot to do and think about when you’re in the thick of combat. You’re constantly deciding which beam to use, where to be positioned to stay safe and still help your team, and her Guardian Angel ability has almost no cooldown so its always on your mind as a re-positioning option.
If she were to get a new ability it would ideally have to be something that she could use more ‘outside of combat’ or something that is generally used much more rarely.
That said there are some things we can do to help her out in the near future.
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