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We’re slowly getting to the point where the players in Overwatch understand enough of the game’s intricacies and the accompanying meta to be able to point out to Blizzard where the game’s sore points lie. Recently, the developer explained that the revolver-toting cowboy badass McCree is getting a nerf to his Fan the Hammer ability to make him easier to deal with as a tank, and it seems that French femme fatale Widowmaker is next up for the nerf chopping block. 

On the official Overwatch forums, player Doctoralex brought up why he thinks Widowmaker could use a few tweaks. According to Doctoralex, Widowmaker’s shots charge up way too quickly, resulting in body shots that take out enemy heroes way too quickly, as well as her gun’s SMG mode being way too high a damage dealer for a character that’s supposed to take careful shots from a distance, usually far removed from the front lines. 

Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan responded to the player’s concerns in the same thread, saying the following: 

Widowmaker is on our radar. We are discussing her. We have some internal experiments going to see if we can keep her viable while lowering the frustration threshold a little bit. Right now, this is just exploration. If something more comes of it, we’ll let you know.

When the implied rework is going to show its head is anyone’s guess at this point, but it’s good to see that Blizzard Entertainment is actively engaging with their community in order to make Overwatch  better. 

Overwatch is Blizzard’s first new IP in over 15 years and managed to attract over 7 million players within the game’s first week of retail release. If you’ve been casually observing the game and you’re not yet sure if this is something you’d want to play, you can check out our review here

Do you agree that Widowmaker is a bit too powerful at the moment? Do you not? Let us know in the comments! 

Chris Anderson

Assoc. News Editor

I've been playing games since I was just barely able to walk, and I never really stopped playing them. When I'm not fulfilling my duties as senior staff writer and tech reviewer, I'm either working on music, producing one of two podcasts or doing freelance work.

  • Typical

    he worst thing about modern gaming is the constant changing of abilities meaning you are always having to change your strategies making it hard to get better through practice. This is why I don’t play WOW, or LOL or any of these types of games. I have limited time to relearn an entire playstyle/skilltree.

  • Garbagio Dumpsterino

    I agree with this. Good Widowmaker players ruin the game. It becomes about countering a single fucking hero.


    This. She’s way worse than a TF2 sniper. She can fuck up entire teams from across the map.

  • CallMeLegend

    While I’ve been in games that have been shut down by a pair of die-hard Widowmaker mains(a group of level 30s up against some 60s and a 75, nice matchmaking there) I’ve also been in games where the enemy Widowmaker was absolutely terrible and wasn’t a problem even if we stood out in the open.
    Same thing with McCree, Bastion – of course, now, it’s just considered a cardinal sin to criticize Bastion – and Torbjorn.
    It seems like every time someone faces an opponent who’s actually very good at a hero, they turn around and call that hero overpowered(while simultaneously claiming no skill is involved; gotta get that cheap-shot in there).

    The incredibly generous hitboxes, on top of the “favor the shooter” system, makes things incredibly easy for both Hanzo and Widowmaker, allowing them to aim just beside the head of their victim for a killing headshot to connect. While it’s fine for consoles, it’s not a good idea for the PC, seeing as a mouse allows for much more precise movement that doesn’t necessitate assists.
    This is paired often with people who have chosen the role of sniper in other games, which makes for a combination that can ruin the experience for the opposing team that, growing frustrated, throws teamwork out the window in exchange for vengeance or outright acceptance of defeat.

    People just forget that it’s a team-based game and let their anger get the better of them.
    That’s why everyone’s getting nerfed.

  • Nerfing (instead of balancing) heroes negatively impacts overall play, eg: Bastion control Tanks. Nerf Bastion & Tanks become OP.


    Who would become OP in your opinion if Widowmaker was nerfed?

  • I was drawing a comparison, but honestly I wouldn’t know because my GPU died before I even got to join in on the fun. 🙁

    To go with a hypothetical to (hopefully) answer your question, it could upset map control and allow for heroes such as Torbjorn and Bastion to dominate chokepoints, perhaps.

  • sugardeath

    Her abilities are not being changed such that you have to relearn it.. It’ll be a tweak to her damage or fire rate, most likely.

  • Reptile

    Also we are talking about a shitton of characters with a shitton of different skills, good luck tweaking everything Blizzard.

  • Typical

    That’s where it starts, don’t forget this is the company that routinely recreates entire talent trees.


    I got one day of playing, then my fucking brand new computer refused to boot or even reinstall Windows. Waiting on tech support now 🙁
    As to your hypothesis, with Bastion couldn’t Reaper or Tracer just warp behind and wait the enemy team to forget about them, then run up and waste him? With Torbjorn I recognize that this is less feasible, but I think Hanzo is still a good map controller, even if his range is less ridiculous. He just takes more skill to play is all.

  • Sucks to hear about your hardware troubles. I know how it is to just… Not have anything work – especially when all these good games are out.

    Probably, but from what I heard Tracer’s ability to take out targets like Bastion was nerfed. As for Reaper warping in, he’s still vulnerable while warping – so really it’s all up to team composition and placement, I suppose! Either way, I do look forward to playing Overwatch… Eventually. Here’s to better luck in the future.


    Good luck to you too, man. 🙂

  • JustaThief

    All that needed to be done with Mccree is nerf his flashbang. Widowmaker is meant to be a threat, cover your team with an RH and have a Winston harass the Widow for the remainder of the match. Tired of casuals getting bent out of shape where they are incapable of dealing with a threat and they call for a nerf.

  • Azure

    Not might will, many players are dropping because of her. She is the definition of unfun, not to mention that it is all Blizzards fault she is like this with all the hitboxes and server tickrate giving everyone shooter advantage. The game would be better if Widow took a massive hit now and they work on buffing her instead.

    McCree is only so strong right now due to Widowmaker/turrets forcing the enemy team to go around tight corners which McCree will just absolutely eat you alive for doing so.