Tracer mains can breathe a sigh of relief. Despite recently discovering a bug with the damage hero in Overwatch 2, Blizzard says she won’t be temporarily banned.
Perhaps less relieving is the knowledge that without the bug, Tracer would be pretty damn disappointing. At the moment the problem is that Tracer has no fall damage below 20 meters. It’s a pretty long range to put in maximum damage. Apparently, pro players noticed the bug not long after Overwatch 2 launched, but it has only just come to light with the wider player base.
Game director Aaron Keller confirmed that the bug was “appearing to have been in the game for the last few builds” in a Reddit response (opens in new tab). However, it seems to be a necessary reinforcement for Tracer’s equipment. “While the sharp damage drop for Tracer is definitely a bug, her overall power level was fine,” said Keller. “We don’t plan on disabling Tracer, and when we fix the bug, we’ll also look at additional changes to her kit to compensate.”
It’s a different story from the fate of fellow damage heroes Mei, Torbjorn and Bastion (opens in new tab). The latter two were dropped from the roster in some capacity early after launch, with Bastion in particular taking a while to return to the fray. Shortly after May was frozen (opens in new tab) for nearly three weeks, her return (opens in new tab) slowed down by acritical issue (opens in new tab)pushing back the patch by two days mid-season.
Tracer has been around the A or B tier on most lists, and the community seems pretty divided on whether she’s really a problem right now. But Blizzard seems confident that giving Tracer the right damage rate will send her to the list of viable heroes. So for now, think of the whole thing as a bit of a bug led game balancing.