Is it enough to start a rampage?
She might be the Queen of Junkertown, but Overwatch 2s punk rock-inspired berserker tank has remained one of the least-used heroes in the game for a while.
Along with having no shielding capability, her tuning has resulted in Junker Queen being severely underused by players on the competitive ladder, according to stats site Overbuff. But a recent hero balance change to several of her abilities aims to get her usage rate moved in the right direction.
Blizzard today released season fours mid-cycle patch notes. And despite nine other heroes getting balance changes, Junker Queen stood above all others as being the recipient of the most significant buffs.
Starting with a couple of small buffs to Scattergun ammo and the size of Jagged Blade, the Aussie tank got a boost to the immediate impact of her Rampage ultimate ability. Meanwhile, perhaps her most important tanking ability, Adrenaline Rush, was buffed to make its healing multiplier two times the damage dealt by wounds, up from 1.25.
For the games developers, these changes are intended to make Junker Queen a more viable option as a tank who can lead the charge without necessarily changing what her general playstyle should be.
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These changes increase Junker Queen’s front-line presence by increasing her self-healing and offensive sustainability, Blizzard said. We’ve also increased Jagged Blade’s projectile size so it’s more consistent to land.
With the changes just going through, it may take a second for players to see Junker Queens usage rate move up the ranks of tanks. And while it may not put her in the same stratosphere as heroes like Reinhardt, Sigma, or Ramattra, its certainly an adrenaline rush in the right direction.