- Blizzard is preparing major nerfs for Mauga in response to complaints from the Overwatch 2 community.
- The buffs applied to Mauga in the December update made the hero severely unbalanced.
- The upcoming nerfs to Mauga’s survivability and ammo stock will be harsher than necessary due to technical issues before the holiday break.
Following complaints and backlash from the Overwatch 2 community, Blizzard is preparing to release major nerfs for controversial Samoan tank hero Mauga within the next week. According to Blizzard lead hero designer Alec Dawson, these Mauga nerfs may be “harsher” than necessary due to technical issues affecting Overwatch 2 before the holiday break.
The December 19 update for Overwatch 2 introduced major buffs for Mauga that aimed to improve his viability in Competitive Play matches. Mauga’s base armor was increased to 250, and the hero’s Berserker passive ability received a 10% boost, which improved the hero’s Overhealth conversion rate. However, the buffs that were applied to Mauga introduced a new problem into Overwatch 2, with the hero becoming severely unbalanced. Overwatch 2 players found ways to make Mauga’s ultimate ability stronger than intended, and some even decided to quit the game until proper adjustments were made.
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On Twitter, Overwatch 2 lead hero designer Alec Dawson confirmed that harsh nerfs will be applied to Mauga within the next week, so players can expect an update on the week of January 8. This update will apply substantial nerfs to Mauga’s overall survivability and ammo stock. The changes that will be made will be “harsher than what’s necessary,” according to Dawson. The lead hero designer notes that Overwatch 2 experienced technical issues from a failed nerf hotfix update before the holiday break, so the development team wants to ensure that further problems involving Mauga won’t arise.
Overwatch 2 Upcoming Mauga Update and Nerfs
- Update launches on the week of January 8, 2024
- Survivability and ammo nerfs to Mauga
- Nerfs will be “harsher” than necessary
The Overwatch 2 community on Twitter appears to be relieved by the confirmation of Mauga nerfs since the tank hero has ruined the in-game experience for many fans in recent weeks. For example, Overwatch 2 players used Mauga and Lifeweaver to trap players and knock them off certain maps. Although Mauga will receive major nerfs, Overwatch 2 players still want viable counters to the tank hero to combat opposing strategies. As a result, the player base’s desire for additional buffs to heroes like Junkrat, Illari, and Symmetra remains.
Complaints regarding Mauga’s lack of new Epic and Legendary skins have persisted in the past month as well. Currently, the Bonesplinter and Magma skins for Mauga are available from the Battle Pass and in-game shop. A variety of Rare skins are obtainable for free, but these skins are simply recolors of Mauga’s default appearance. Future updates and seasons will likely bring more changes and skins for Mauga, as Blizzard continues to gauge player feedback regarding the hero.
Overwatch 2 is Blizzard’s free-to-play team-based first-person shooter. The title features some new heroes like Junker Queen and Sojourn, as well as returning favorites.
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