These recent PTR patch notes seems to have everyone typing up a storm about a possible over heal function for Mercy or an upcoming support hero. For anyone not in the loop, the new patch notes swapped around the order of what takes damage first (nonrecoverable shields then nonrecoverable armor then nonrecoverable health is the interesting bit)
As far as I can think, no hero has nonrecoverable health. Lots of people are turning to the classic comparison between Mercy and Medic from TF2 with the ‘over heal’ functionality to give her more of a purpose.
Personally, I believe that if it worked the way people seem to be imagining, it could be wildly overpowered–especially in high tier games–and would cause her to be nerfed into the floor. Again.
I feel they should make it some form of resource management system. Similar to Moira’s healing running out or Bastion’s self heal ability, this ‘over heal’ could be on a strict rechargeable bar next to Mercy’s cross hair. This would allow her to over heal certain teammates temporarily, allowing them to play a bit more aggressive and carefree while still making the player think about what they are doing.
Personally, I think of myself as a decent Mercy player even though I dislike playing her. It feels too… simple for Overwatch. With an ability like this, much more thought could go into everything she does from positioning to who she is pocket healing. If you choose to over heal the Doomfist so he can dive aggressively, you still leave your Zenyatta without the possible over heal to keep him alive in a prominent team fight. It may actually make Mercy feel much more engaging to play to many people who have never even tried playing as her before because it’s seen as a ‘brainless hero’. Especially one that’s not in a very good spot right now (aside from when she’s pocket healing an Ashe I guess).
Then again, I’m not really a Mercy player, though I feel like this change may make me play her. I’d love to hear what some people think about these changes and speculation, especially those who main Mercy.