If there’s one thing the Overwatch 2 community should be able to agree upon, it’s that Roadhog is overpowered – especially in the one-tank meta Blizzard has introduced. However, it looks like – just maybe – the days of Roadhog dominance are coming to an end. Why do we say this? Well, the latest set of Overwatch 2 patch notes completely remove his ability to one-shot squishier heroes and Blizzard has teased more changes are on the way “soon”.
In the latest set of patch notes, which you can see on Blizzard’s official Overwatch 2 patch notes post here, you can see that the impact damage from Roadhog’s Chain Hook has been reduced from 30 to 5; not only this, but it’s also going to leave enemies a whole metre further away from the tank hero.
In addition to this, the pellet damage for his Scrap Gun has been reduced. Roadhog’s clip now holds six shots, but these changes are pretty major. It’s clearly going to make one-shotting enemies near-impossible without some outside help.
According to the Developer Comments on this part of the patch notes, “these changes aim to reduce the frustration of dying in one shot immediately after being hooked and pulled by Roadhog… [Chain Hook’s] effectiveness will now be more dependent on specific hero matchups and how the hooked target is able to respond.”
If you’re a Roadhog main, this is pretty bad news – right? We know Roadhog plays an important role when it comes to sponging damage for a team, but he’s also useful when it comes to picking off rogue damage heroes and keeping his team’s support heroes in once piece.
On the other hand, if you’re not a Roadhog main, this could be considered a positive change. Just, don’t get your hopes up yet. Blizzard, in a tweet reply to it’s announcement of the aforementioned patch notes, revealed that these changes “are just the first steps towards a bigger rework”. Overwatch 2 players should “expect more changes to Roadhog’s kit soon”.
We don’t know what that means, but you have to imagine it’s going to affect his place on our Overwatch 2 tier list even more than the nerf already does. We also don’t know when this rework is going to drop, but we think the Overwatch 2 Season 3 release date is a pretty good guess for now.