Overwatch 2 Season 6 Patch Notes (24 Aug): Illari Nerf, Bug Fixes, More
A bit of power balance for the new Hero.
Overwatch 2 Season 6 Invasion was released earlier this month on 10th August and introduced a new support hero called Illari to the game. She hails from Peru and wields the energy of the sun within her body.
The armor-clad warrior is the last child of the sun and uses her powers to both heal allies and damage enemies. Illari's overall ability kit offers a solid combination of burst damage and continuous single-target heal.
However, this was proving to be a lot more aggressive than the developers had hoped for, and some changes were rolled out to balance the hero whose pick rate has been skyrocketing ever since release.
Here are the complete patch notes for the Season 6 Invasion update which went live on 24th August.
Overwatch 2 Patch Notes - 24th August Update: Complete Details
"Illari has had a strong showing since her launch. The following changes are meant to promote a better balance between healing and damage while adding more counterplay against her abilities."
Heal decreased from 40 to 30.
Shields decreased from 75 to 50.
"We are making the Healing Pylon weaker, as it's often placed out of line-of-sight or at odd angles and isn't being destroyed as often as we expect."
Projectile Impact and Explosion are now blocked by barriers.
Projectile Size decreased from 1.5 to 0.75 meters.
Sunstruck duration decreased from 7 to 6 seconds.
"Captive Sun ignoring barriers is not immediately intuitive, but we are also reducing the projectile size, so blocking or destroying will require more precision. Finally, the Sunstruck effect lasts too long to reasonably avoid the detonation damage threshold."
Updated the Wins sub-badge level-up requirement from 2 to 1 across all heroes, game modes, and roles, and re-tuned XP granted to balance.
Fixed bug where some event challenges weren't counting towards "Savior of the Underworld" for the Brigitte Sparkplug skin.
Fixed an issue that made the Ashe Snakewrangler Skin in the Battle Pass a premium reward instead of a free one. Any player on the free Battle Pass track who already unlocked this tier will receive this skin automatically.
Fixed an issue that resulted in players backfilling into the Underworld Event Mission and Invasion Story Missions.
Fixed an issue that allowed Spectating of players in the Underworld Event Mission and Invasion Story Missions.
Fixed an issue with cloned Illari's Captive Sun explosion, damaging herself and her allies.
Fixed an issue where the "Who Said Chivalry Is Dead?" voice line is missing from Hero Gallery.
Fixed an issue where World Cup Skin for Orisa was inaccessible.
Fixed in a previous update - Fixed an issue with Slicers clipping into the Ferry, making them difficult to target.
Fixed in a previous update - Fixed an issue where "The Babies Are Safe" challenge was unable to be completed.
Fixed an issue with the Titan being invisible for the first few seconds of its intro.
Fixed an issue with an invisible collision around the Mega-Cannon that blocks Brigitte's Shield Bash and Whip Shot.
Fixed in a previous update - Fixed an issue where the "Stop, Thief!" challenge was unable to be completed.
These are all the balance changes rolled out for Illari along with some bug fixes that were introduced to the game along with the 24th August update. It will be interesting to see how this affects the pick rate of the new favorite support hero and if she undergoes a drastic change in the way players opt to use her.