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Overwatch May 12 Update: Moria & Bastion nerf, Moira & Bastion buff plus full patch notes

A new Overwatch patch has been released on the live servers and it comes with a few big character changes.
Overwatch May 12 Update: Moria & Bastion nerf, Moira & Bastion buff plus full patch notes
The latest patch for Overwatch has brung some pretty big changes to Bastion and Moira. Bastion has seen his spread in Sentry mode reduced and he can now heal himself up more, at the cost of more resources. Moira sees her Biotic Orb get nerfed with it lasting seven seconds, down from 10.

There has also been a much-needed buff for Mercy and Zenyatta.


Overwatch may 12th patch mercy buff
The latest Overwatch patch should see more players pick up Mercy. (Picture: Blizzard Entertainment)


Mercy will receive a healing buff, making her a more viable pick. Moreso with Ana's nerf to her healing ability which shes her Biotic Rifle reduced from 75 to 70.

Zenyetta has seen his Orb of Discord ability being buffed, enemies who are hit with it will now receive 30% more damage, up from the previous 25%.

The balance updates were first revealed by Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch’s Game Director, in a developer update on May 11 where he announced that Open Queue would become a permanent addition to the game.

While Open Queue already runs alongside Role Queue in the arcade, come Summer 2020, it will be a full-fledged Competitive mode.

The Overwatch May 12th update is now live on servers across all regions.


Overwatch May 12th Full Patch Notes


The next experiment begins! This time we’re hoping to get your feedback on some balance updates. We’re using the 2-2-2 Role Queue ruleset so that you can get a feel for how these balance changes might affect the live game.


  • Ana
    • Biotic Rifle
      • Healing reduced from 75 to 70
  • Bastion
    • Configuration: Sentry
      • Spread decreased 10%
      • Shots until max spread reduction lowered from 60 to 40
    • Self-Repair
      • Resource drain rate increased 20%
      • Healing per second increased from 75 to 90
    • Junkrat
    • Frag Launcher
      • Projectiles maintains slightly more velocity on ricochet
    • Concussion Mine
      • Projectile speed increased from 20 to 25
      • Ricochet distance off of enemy players greatly reduced
    • Total Mayhem
      • Bomb detonation time reduced from 1 sec to 0.7
      • Bombs spread increased 50%
  • Mercy
    • Caduceus Staff
      • Healing per second increased from 50 to 55
  • Moira
    • Biotic Orb
      • Damage radius reduced from 5 to 4 meters
      • Projectile speed increased from 16 to 20
      • Projectile duration reduced from 10 to 7 seconds
  • Zenyatta
    • Orb of Discord
      • Damage amplification increased from 25% to 30%