Blizzard plans big changes for Overwatch's D.Va

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 22, 2017

Well her Defense Matrix is being nerfed with a higher energy drain (around 50%), but she can also use her core weapons while hovering, and gains a new ability - Micro Missiles.

The rework Geoff Goodman spoke about includes both buff and nerfs.

Within a few weeks, Overwatch hero D.Va could see drastic adjustments on the game's public test server.

The Blizzard team has enjoyed D.Va's new changes, Goodman added. Her role used to revolve around taking damage for the team or completely negating it through her Defense Matrix. The Korean Tank hero is seeing significant play right now thanks to the her powerful Defense Matrix ability and the role she fits in the currently prevalent dive meta.

For starters, Defense Matrix has received a big nerf. "Defense Matrix still remains an extremely powerful tool when timed correctly, but the reduced uptime means D.Va won't be able to use it almost as often overall".

These adjustments are joined by a new ability, Micro Missiles.

The new ability should open up more options when fighting heroes such as Pharah, according to Goodman, while overall increasing D.Va's ability to be aggressive. "Defense Matrix still remains an extremely powerful tool when timed correctly, but the reduced uptime means D.Va won't be able to use it almost as often overall". This will shoot a line of small missiles that detonate on impact and deal damage in a small radius around where they hit, but no damage values were given for the ability.

With a weak Defense Matrix, D.Va loses much of that important function.

Boosters: D.Va can now use her Fusion Cannons while flying.

It's worth noting all of these changes are now tentative, and while Goodman says the team will hopefully let players try them out "soon", no specific details were given.

"Overall, the goal here is to reduce her reliance on Defense Matrix and make her more fun to play", Goodman said.

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