McCree and Widowmaker Nerfed in Major Overwatch Update: Here’s What’s Changed

The first big Overwatch post-launch update has been released, and with it comes changes and improvements to maps, characters, bugs, and more. Perhaps the biggest changes brought about by the new update, though, are those that essentially nerf two of the most popular characters in the game – McCree, and Widowmaker.

Here are the official notes, released by developer, Blizzard, here.

For McCree:


Alternate Fire

-Recovery time (i.e. the amount of time before McCree starts reloading) decreased from 0.75 seconds to 0.3 seconds

-Bullet damage decreased from 70 to 45

Developer Comments: McCree was performing too well against all targets, making him feel like a must-pick in many situations. By reducing the damage of his alternate fire, McCree is now significantly weaker against tanks like Roadhog and Reinhardt, but still maintains his lethality against smaller targets like Tracer and Genji.



Essentially, this means that McCree won’t be nearly as powerful against all characters anymore; pre-update, he was basically rock, paper, and scissors, simultaneously, out of nowhere. So it’s probably a good thing they nerfed him.

For Widowmaker:

Widow’s Kiss

-Alternate Fire (Scoped Shot)Base damage decreased from 15 to 12Note: Scoped shot damage multiplier remains unchanged

-Headshot damage multiplier increased from 2x to 2.5x

-Players must now wait for the unscoping animation to completely finish before scoping


-Ultimate cost increased by 10%

Developer Comments: In the right hands, Widowmaker can often feel unstoppable—even when just landing body shots instead of critical heads shots. The changes to her alternate fire weaken body shot damage while leaving her headshot damage unchanged. Additionally, we felt her Ultimate ability, Infra-Sight, was coming up a little too frequently, especially considering its impact on the game.

As for Widowmaker, your shots won’t be powerful enough to simply kill everyone with body hits anymore. You’ll be wanting to shoot ’em in the head from here on out if you want that instant kill.

Blizzard had previously hinted that it planned to nerf some of the game characters after getting feedback from the community and it looks like it delivered good on its statements with the first update.