In a post on the official Overwatch forums asking for some large scale buffs for Orisa, Kaplan wrote that he didn’t agree that Orisa needed a large buff, but that there are some small scale improvements being tested right now.
“We don’t think she needs a mega buff,” he wrote. “We are experimenting with some minor improvements, though. Apologies for no details — we’re trying a few things right now and not all of them are going to stick. Overall, we feel like she’s not far off but not quite in the ideal spot yet.”
Orisa is a rather unpopular tank hero choice in the game’s current meta. In competitive games, she’s been picked only 1 percent of the time on average during the last week, and that number drops as the level of play increases. To Kaplan’s point, though, Orisa has had a pretty level win rate for the past week, ranging from 50 to 52 percent.
Orisa is a rather difficult hero to grasp and is rather reliant on the rest of the team. Her deployable shield needs to be utilized by her teammates regardless of her own positioning, and her ultimate is effective but players need to position themselves correctly for it to work. Given the nature of her kit, it might color the perception of how effective she is based on the player’s skill level.
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