PTR Ana Question!

It’s super handy for those of us who want to play Ana and have her work more effectively than she already does.

Sure, Moira and Brigitte may be better but I have a lot of love and passion for Ana - so I’m pleased about this :smiley:


MS paint trashpost aside, I don’t think this will be enough, and isn’t the direction I’d take but it is a welcome change. Are the cooldowns being looked at?


Thanks for the update! I do have a small concern however. Even though 4 more extra shots is nice, Ana’s main problems IMO are her low survivability, no mobility for a sniper, and no self-sustain. Compared to Mercy or Moira, who have amazing sustain and mobility with consistent healing on top of it.

However I really don’t know how this will play out so I’ll wait and see. Once again, thanks for the update!

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It would be nice to see a second or two shaved off her sleep dart CD, don’t think they’d need to touch her mobility if this was slightly more reliable.

Don’t really see whats the deal with these changes ? as in, how will it really affect her gameplay and more importantly her utility. Nano might get a faster build up time since more shots allows it, but its still a very limited ult

What ana needs is the possibility of healing by actually following the action through shields, like mercy’s and zen’s heals. Now there’s also the fact that mercy’s link is broken in terms of LoS check (going through boxes / walls etc) but that’s for another day


I think its worth talking a little about our balance philosophy here. People often will post things such as “why doesn’t Blizzard see that this hero has X as a weakness and that is what should be fixed.”

One aspect of our heroes that is very important is that they all have various strengths and weaknesses. This is a core aspect of what makes teamplay so important in Overwatch. If you have an Ana on your team, this gives you certain advantages such as being able to be healed from very long range, having a more offensive-favored ultimate, and having the ability to disable healing on enemies (which can be especially vital against heroes that really rely on healing such as Roadhog). That said, she also brings her own weaknesses that must be managed, such as low mobility and lower self-healing. A team may opt to run Brigitte or Lucio with Ana to help peel attackers off of her, for example.

When we want to buff a hero, sometimes it can be the right call reduce these weaknesses. For example, if a weakness is just too overbearing or a hero just has too many weaknesses compared to their strengths. But more often we would rather amplify a heroes strengths and make the hero just better at what they do, which leaves their weaknesses still around for enemies to exploit and for allies to try to manage.

I hope this helps explain how we look at balance issues and heroes in Overwatch in general.


Would it be possible to reduce Ana’s Sleep Dart cooldown, maybe 11 or 10 seconds? I mean, it’s not that easy to land and it won’t hurt much for the meta to have a tad bit survivability that solely depends on the player’s accuracy and/or timing.


now, passive self heal plz (or nade healing Ana completely) <3


Honestly a self heal similar to Mercy’s would be amazing. Not having to constantly waste your nade on yourself after taking poke damage, which makes you a free Tracer or Genji kill.

I don’t think you can ignore the Quick Play aspect of Overwatch, it’s just as much of the game as Top 500 games or Overwatch League games are. Even moreso actually. Running 1 healer or simply not having any way of recovering health feels bad to play.

I like Overwatch as a team game yes, but I would like every character to feel self-sufficient. Be able to survive alone, and thrive together. But with Ana right now if feels difficult to even survive by yourself based off her current kit. You NEED that 2nd support to heal you back up. The other supports do not, but they do thrive if they do. If that makes any sense at all.


Love the Ana changes. Would also love if you let her biotic grenade pass through full HP teammates as well


ETA on magazine size increase?

Why is it then, that heroes like Mercy and Moira who have more mobility, higher self healing, and more often have higher healing overall are still able to be super strong, or able to play around their weakness easier

Most people have been suggesting giving Ana a healing passive where she gets healed by healing a teammate who is hurt (Rifle only)

This doesn’t make her stronger in 1v1 situations, when being dove, or when fighting off flankers

BUT it does keep her safer from chip damage, and in big cluster teamfights

While Ana can heal from distance; Zen, Mercy, and Brigitte all have tools to do the same job easier.

We don’t want Ana to be a must pick; we just want her to be on equal footing as Mercy and Moira. Right now, even with these buffs, there’s still little reason to bring Ana when Moira and Mercy’s utility is always available for the TEAM


Geoff, please just sticky this on the front page. This would answer like 90% of people’s questions/complaints (if they read it, that is…) and explain to them why you guys aren’t rushing in with the nerf/buff hammer. :joy:

Make Ana a more effective healer and feel rewarding to play without erasing the weaknesses that makes playing her feel unique and challenging!


I wish more people understood this, characters don’t have to excel in every situation. I personally think a player who can get out of a precarious situation shows how skillful they are. Like a Zenyatta being leaped on by Winston and killing it in a fight.


A good design decision for sure, but I would argue that one of design goals of playing Ana is feeling/being able to play like a sniper healer, the lack of upward mobility with ana severely limits her ability to play as a sniper healer which directly opposes her initial design goal. I would gladly welcome other weaknesses for Ana to truely feel like a sniper healer, as she should rightfully be.


Thank you very much for explaining your philosophy of balancing to us! :smiley: This leads me onto a question though.

When you mentioned about making them better at what they do, could we potentially see her healing pierce through enemy shields? In order to compensate the fact that her healing relies on aim, if you’re missing a couple of shots and then have a shield dropped in front of your face then your ability to heal drops.

Also, could we see an adjustment option for her “forgiveness” area when scoped? (I’m not 100% sure on its name, but the small triangular area which also heals if an ally is in there, but not an enemy) Cause I’ve been close to picking off a pesky Widowmaker or Pharah several times only for someone to clip into the edge of that triangle and take a healing shot, allowing the enemy to escape.


They are strong in the mobility and healing but don’t have the heal denial, cc, range and offensive ult support that Ana has. You’re blatantly leaving out the tools that separate her character from the others. Again equal footing shouldn’t be making them all the same.

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You mean like taking chip damage across the map and now knowing if you were playing ANY other support you’d be okay, but now you have to leave to find a health pack, run off to your other support, or burn your best ability

Or ya know

Could play Mercy and heal more, and have res and a more team orientated ult that also makes you stronger

Or how about Moira? Not only is fade half the cooldown of Sleep Dart, she has TWO ways to make sure she has full health

If Ana had a healing passive of some kind she would actually be rewarding since landing shots to heal your team will reward YOU with hp to keep yourself alive and in the game


I think adding an option in the “Controls” menu for how big of hitboxes you want your allies to have should be an option, with how it is now at 100%, and regular hitboxes for allies at 0%, which would raise the skill cap of the hero but also allow you to be more offensive if that is your type of style.

Well most of the time you need to save your abilities for yourself as Ana

If you burn them, you leave yourself 100% open to anything for 10-12 seconds depending

Range is more of a hinderence to Ana anyways; seeing as chip damage again is a huge issue since you have no tools to clear it

Like we don’t want to give her healing in duels, when dove, when out of abilities; she’ll still weak to that unlike Mercy or Moira; it just gives Ana more room to shine at what she can do without being hindered by what other support you have, what team you have, and what team the enemy is made of.

Right now both Moira and Mercy offer something different and unique without being forced into any kinda specific role or team comp because they, while they need their team, can also fend for themselves from more stuff