Overwatch principle designer Geoff Goodman revealed Monday plans are in the works for D.Va changes, which would make her more of an offensive choice by adding a brand new ability while reducing her reliance on her Defense Matrix.
In a post discussing potential reworks to D.Va on the official Overwatch forums, Goodman entered the discussion and said the development team is testing out some new changes in regards to her Defense Matrix. First is to reduce her Defense Matrix ability utility time by half by doubling the energy drain. Second is to allow her to use her weapons while using her boosters, and third is adding a new offensive ability, Micro Missiles, which deal damage in a small radius them.
“Overall, the goal here is to reduce her reliance on Defense Matrix and make her more fun to play,” Goodman wrote. “As far as balancing goes, we want to nerf Defense Matrix as an ability, not D.Va as a hero.”
Perhaps one of the strongest abilities in the game, Defense Matrix has the ability to swallow all projectiles in an area in front of D.Va, including applicable ultimate abilities, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb. Her reliable utility makes her one of the must-have heroes in most team compositions, and a good D.Va would be able to nullify a large amount of damage with a single ability.
For a long time players have complained about her reliance on the Defense Matrix, making her a counter to almost all damaging abilities when timed right. Blizzard seems to have pivoted to change her play style entirely, turning her into an offensive tank hero, which can still nullify damage with the right timing.
The exact date or patch of when these changes will be applied is still unclear, but Goodman wrote that they will hopefully be added to the Public Test Realm soon.
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