Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Mercy and Junkrat nerfs are live.


Sooo yup.  No changes from PTR.  The Junk nerf is nice, and I do feel Mercy will still be strong and a good, solid healer at lower SR, at least, but Valkyrie is a shitty, un-fun ult.  It'll still let you win a teamfight, I expect, but you can anticipate never seeing a Mercy rez during her ult again.  It'll be an instant death sentence, now.

Anyway, here's the deets.

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

Good, says I.  

  • 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

Well... let's be honest, here.  I haven't played Mercy in like a month.  Later, Angel.  We've known this was comin' for a while, and I've gotta' be honest, I'm a lot happier with my current flame. 

Oh, and the Comics Clip Show scored ten hearts on the Penny Arcade Forums.  I'm not sure if that's a record, but I think that might be a record!

For my part, I do think Comics is one of the best vids I've made.  None of them are perfect - and neither is Comics - you always wish you had different footage or hadn't done that thing in the gameplay, but once it was done, yeah, it's up there.  I think it goes Believer > Comics > Lone Digger, now, and Comics has far-and-away the best gameplay performance I've ever done.  I rip teams apart in it, just by calmly - almost boringly - landing my shots

[update]  Wait, no, I changed my mind.  I think Comics is better.  I think it's the best vid I've ever done.  It goes Comics > Believer > Lone Digger.  [/update]

That Play of the Game on Oasis where there's no Pulse Bomb involved and I just kill McCree, land the killing blow on Orisa, kill Soldier and kill Junkrat may not be as exciting as a quad-kill with my ult, but it's... it suggests a way, way, way better Tracer than I was when I started.  I'm sure I have other Tracer footage from early in my Overwatch career, but if you wanna' see how bad I was, watch this.  I uploaded that on purpose, because I was so thrilled with actually getting a Tracer Play of the Game, but going back and watching the footage it's just me losing duels and failing to hit anything right up until I come up behind a Hanzo and a Zen, and almost-accidentally get PotG.  

So the difference is... pronounced.  

In terms of editing and pacing, I think Comics is as close to perfect as I've ever done.  It builds from some nice, calm picks to some accidental PotGs to dismantling teams or half-teams from behind to some of the most dominating and explosive PotGs I've ever had, and then snaps to an end with a bat of Tracer's big, Disney Princess eyes.  The song itself is not the kind of song I usually do a Clip Show to, and the big Pulse Bomb bangs and (when possible) picks come not with beats, but with blares of the song's digital horns.  To pull it off (to my satisfaction, at least), with a song that I always viewed as too challenging to tackle, and a song that I absolutely love...  

I'm really pleased with that vid ^.^ the next one is going to be... unlike anything I've done before - not as good, I think - but it may prove more entertaining. 


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