22 August, 2017
Defense Matrix is a major part of D.Va's kit, allowing her to effectively shut down a number of hero abilities and ultimates.
The changes aren't exactly buffs or nerfs.
While maybe fun, are these changes really what D.Va needs?
Overwatch hero D.Va is now being tested with a brand new offensive ability as well as major changes to both her mobility and defense matrix.
Taking to the game's official forums, principal designer Geoff Goodman revealed that they have been testing some significant internal changes for D.Va.
Micro Missiles allows D.Va to launch a flurry of small missiles which explode on impact, while dealing damage in a small radius around them. 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. Additionally, she gains the ability to fire her weapons while flying around with her boosters, which at present deactivates her basic attack. While extra damage output and missiles are cool, and the ability to shoot while flying was something many had been hoping for, it is unclear whether the shift from making D.Va more defensive to more aggressive was necessary. Depending on how effective this power is, she might actually be more of a threat rather than functioning as a disruptor or meat shield. However this comes at a cost with her defense matrix taking a serious on hit on energy which means, according to Goodman, "D.Va won't be able to use it almost as often overall".
"Overall, the goal here is to reduce her reliance on Defense Matrix and make her more fun to play", Goodman wrote. In doing this, they just wanted to nerf the ability and not D.Va herself as a hero. Expect D.Va to be used more aggressively when these changes hit the PTR. "Defense Matrix still remains an extremely powerful tool when timed correctly, but the reduced uptime means D.Va won't be able to use it almost as often overall".