Overwatch 2: Do Not Mess with Newly Buffed Symmetra and Here's Why

Symmetra Blizzard

Blizzard just dropped a new patch for Overwatch 2 and it contains pretty big balancing changes. If you love using Symmetra, this patch will make you love her even more.

First, her Photon Projector's secondary fire maximum impact damage and maximum explosion damage have increased from 45 to 50. But here's the fun part: the weapon's primary fire now regenerates up to 30 shield health per second when dealing damage to barriers or enemies with shield health. This makes her a viable counter to "barrier" heroes like Reinhardt, Winston, and Zarya.

Meanwhile, Sentry Turret damage per second has reduced from 40 to 25. However, the turrets have increased utility because they can now reveal enemy heroes to allies while dealing damage and also for one additional second afterward. Because of this, turrets must now be spread out more for maximum benefit.

According to Blizzard, Symmetra is quite strong on certain maps, but not on others. The improvements she got from this update make her viable everywhere she goes.

You can find balancing adjustments for other Overwatch 2 heroes below:



  • Fortify
    • Damage reduction increased from 40 to 50%.


  • Ravenous Vortex
    • The projectile now passes through enemy heroes but is still blocked by barriers.


  • Barrier Field
    • Maximum health increased from 1,200 to 1,400.

Wrecking Ball

  • Quad Cannons
    • Manual reload time reduced from 2 to 1.6 seconds. This does not affect the automatic reload while transformed into a ball, which is still 2 seconds.



  • Railgun
    • Number of shots to reach maximum spread increased from 8 to 12.
    • Spread reduced by 12%.

Soldier: 76

  • Heavy Pulse Rifle
    • Damage increased from 18 to 19.
  • Helix Rockets
    • Explosion damage increased from 80 to 90.
  • Biotic Field
    • Healing per second increased from 35 to 40.


  • Rivet Gun
    • Secondary Fire spread reduced from 5 to 4.5 degrees.
  • Deploy Turret
    • Damage reduced from 14 to 11.
    • Cooldown increased from 10 to 12 seconds.
  • Overload
    • Now reloads 6 ammo on use.



  • Healing Ofuda
    • Recovery reduced from 1 to 0.9 seconds.


  • Orb of Discord
    • Maximum range reduced from 40 to 30 meters.
    • Time to wear off the target when not in line-of-sight reduced from 2 to 1.5 seconds.

So, what can you say about the recent Symmetra buffs?

Overwatch 2 July 11 update is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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