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New Overwatch patch buffs Mercy's Valkyrie ability, restores Lucio's Wall Ride speed

Blizzard has released a new small patch for Overwatch last night.

The update is already available for Overwatch players on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The highlight is a couple of balance changes for Mercy, and Lucio.

Mercy's Guardian Angel ability's cooldown no longer resets when the player activates Resurrect. Valkyrie also saw a similar buff, and it no longer resets or reduces Resurrection’s cooldown. Valkyrie even gives a bonus Resurrection charge.

Lucio's Wall Ride speed has been restored, meaning his speed is once again boosted by 65% when he completes a Wall Ride. Outside of the new changes, the patch makes it possible for PC players to set their status as 'Appear Offline', and adds new voicelines for Cultist Zenyatta.

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See the full list of notes below:


  • [PC] Players can now set their social status to Online, Away, Busy, or Appear Offline (Note: appearing offline does not prevent friends from seeing you if you are placed into the same match). This option can be found under the social menu



  • Wall Ride - the speed boost that Lúcio receives after completing a wall ride has been increased by 65%


  • 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
  • Now gives players a bonus resurrection charge


  • Added a number of additional voicelines for Cultist Zenyatta

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a bug preventing Mercy’s momentum from slowing down correctly when Guardian Angel was canceled
  • Fixed a bug preventing the visual effects on Sombra’s Pumpkinette victory pose from displaying correctly

The Overwatch Halloween Terror event is currently underway. It brought back Junkenstein’s Revenge, and a host of excellent skins.

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