An Overwatch 2 Lifeweaver boost and control upgrade are in the works.

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An Overwatch 2 Lifeweaver upgrade appears to be on the way, as the support hero suffers in the multiplayer game with inadequate healing and clumsy controls.

An Overwatch 2 Lifeweaver boost is presently in the works for the newest support hero to join Blizzard’s multiplayer game. Overwatch game director Aaron Keller has shared some first comments following the introduction of Lifeweaver, and says the team is still gathering data, with Lifeweaver control scheme modifications and Overwatch 2 hero balancing tweaks in the pipeline.

The latest addition to Overwatch 2 has undoubtedly ramped up the style rivalry, but many players are having to get used to his clumsy controls and emphasis on utility abilities over pure healing output. Lifeweaver is the first hero where constantly switching weapons is a core part of his playstyle, requiring you to manually switch between his damage and healing output, rather than having both accessible simultaneously as heroes like Moira, Baptiste, and Kiriko do.

Concerns about the control system have been frequent, particularly among those who play with a controller, which has fewer buttons. Lifeweaver, on the other hand, is “probably the most clunky character they’ve ever added,” according to Overwatch 2 broadcaster Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned, highlighting the fact that he has “one more ability than they have keybinds for.”

Despite early reservations, Lifeweaver’s formidable toolbox and movement skills, which include a platform that can lift your allies and a grab that pulls a friendly character over to you, have proven to be effective., could make him overpowered or open the door to trolling (as Blizzard has admitted), early indications show that players find him a little too ineffective.

The size of Lifeweaver’s hitbox, especially for a support hero, is one of the other big problems. He may be a fairly large target for opponents with his flower petals included in the hitbox (albeit the space between them does not register). His healing output also feels a little sluggish; this is partially offset by his utility, but in a meta that favours heroes with the potential for massive burst healing Lifeweaver fails to provide either long-term sustainment or either.

Fortunately, it appears that change is on its way. Game director Aaron Keller states that the team will keep gathering performance information for Lifeweaver over the weekend and that specifics on balancing modifications (most likely a boost) should be available sometime next week. Even more thrilling, he adds, “Information on upcoming control scheme changes should come next week as well.”

Of course, it’s not unusual for new heroes to debut, struggle for a while as players adjust to their powers, then suddenly rise to popularity and dominate the meta. Time will tell how Lifeweaver turns out, but those of you who have been trying to perform on the newbie should have better results soon.

There’s enough to keep gamers occupied with Overwatch 2 season 4 currently underway and the Overwatch 2 Starwatch event on the horizon promising to merge PvE and PvP aspects. Check out our Overwatch 2 tier list of the top characters to avoid falling behind the meta.

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