Leaked Overwatch 2 patch notes confirm Genji, Sombra nerf

Leaked Overwatch 2 patch notes confirm Genji, Sombra nerf

Despite many a Genji boss’s best efforts to campaign against a nerf, it looks like the DPS hero is well in the crosshairs of the next big patch coming for Overwatch 2. Sombra and DVa are also both apparently well in Blizzard’s sights.

It is expected that a major update will come ahead of Overwatch League Playoffs later this month, and will introduce some huge nerfs to Genji, Sombra, and DVa.

Genji has been a hot topic of discussion within Overwatch 2 community since launch. His damage and ammo capacity have been the target of players, who claim his suit, combined with enhanced agility, makes him nearly impossible to defeat.

Sombra on the other hand has proven to be a major nuisance to players. Her ability to hack while invisible makes her difficult to counter, while her increased damage output when attacking hacked enemies made her one of the more intimidating enemies in the game.

The folks at GGRecon claim that both heroes will be the focus of the next big patch, which will go live on the OWL Practice Servers on October 24th, ahead of a planned big launch for all players on October 26th. Although the update on that date may be different for the general population, probably the return of Junkertown, Bastion and Torbjorn, so we can wait longer for these changes.

Check out the leaked patch notes below.


  • Hack ability lock duration reduced from 1.75 to 1.5 seconds
  • Hacked enemies are no longer valid targets for hacking for the duration of the effect
  • Hacked damage multiplier reduced from 40 to 25%
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  • Maximum ammo reduced from 30 to 24
  • Shuriken damage reduced from 29 to 27


  • Barrier duration reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds
  • Barrier cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds

D. Va

  • Fusion Cannon spread increased from 3.5 to 3.75
  • Booster’s impact damage reduced from 25 to 15

Sombra’s nerf is pretty significant here, as it basically forces her into quick, one-off fights with heroes before she leaves an area. As it stands, she can hack, deal damage, and hack the same enemy again even before the first hack was finished.

Her hacked damage multiplier will also apparently be reduced from 40% to 25%, which should please the support net.

Genji also sees some significant changes: his ammo will be down to 24 from 30, while his primary fire is also set to be reduced by 2 DMS to 27 from 29.

Zarya, who has found her way to the top of the Season 1 meta, has had her barrier duration reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds, with her cooldown also increased by 1 second. This should make her easier to counter and manage, and more balanced alongside opposing DPS heroes.

D.Va is an interesting one: her Fusion Cannon spread has been increased from 3.5 to 3.75, forcing her into tighter matchups. In the current meta, her cannons have far too much range and headshot range, so this is likely a positive change for her.

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