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October 17, 2017

Live Patch 1.16b: Mercy's Resurrect Nerfed, Lucio Bug Fixed


This patch is the current Live patch as of October 17, 2017. You can read the full patch notes on the Overwatch Website.

Summary: Mercy's Resurrect ability during the Valkyrie ultimate has been nerfed.  The cooldown reset and cooldown reduction to Resurrect while in Valkyrie has been removed.  Instead, players get a single extra resurrect while in Valkyrie.  There are also minor changes to Mercy's Guardian Angel ability.  Patch 1.16 introduced a bug which removed the speed boost Lucio gained from wall riding - which is fixed in this patch.


HERO UPDATES

Mercy
  • Guardian Angel
    • Players can now glide past a targeted ally using the jump key
    • Cooldown no longer resets when Resurrect is activated
  • Valkyrie
    • No longer resets or reduces Resurrection’s cooldown
  • Fixed a bug preventing Mercy’s momentum from slowing down correctly when Guardian Angel was canceled
Developer Comment: Valkyrie no longer resets or reduces Resurrect’s cooldown. Instead, it now provides an extra 'charge,' allowing you to revive an ally even if it is still on cooldown. If the bonus charge hasn’t been spent when Valkyrie ends, it will be removed.
This method makes Resurrect more flexible when used with Valkyrie. For example, in the past if you wanted to resurrect two teammates, you had to revive the first target, then activate Valkyrie (causing the Resurrect’s cooldown to reset), and then revive the other target. With this change, you can now activate Valkyrie and fly in quickly to resurrect both targets instantly.
However, this still reduces the overall number of Resurrects that Mercy can provide, since Valkyrie no longer reduces its cooldown.


Lúcio
  • Wall Ride
    • The speed boost that Lúcio receives after completing a wall ride has been increased by 65%
Developer Comments: A recent bug fix slowed Lúcio’s Wall Ride. This change compensates for the reduced speed.