Zenyatta now has the power to “hunt” his opponents from literally any map in the Overwatch 2 beta thanks to some hefty improvements in the May 5 patch. Just hours after the change rolled out, players are already loving everything about his new kick.
After struggling to find his way early in the beta, Zenyatta buffs arrived as part of a May 5 update† While some changes have been made to the popular Omnic, a new passive ability has stolen the show.
Simply put, Zen can now pedal harder than any other hero in Overwatch 2.
A unique passive known as ‘Snap Kick’ is designed to “help him” creating space,” Blizzard explained in the patch notes. While the developers outlined how this new ability “significantly increases kickback kick” from Zen, no one was prepared for just how important the buff really was.
With just the push of a button, Zen AC power can send their opponents into the air. Whether it’s a smaller target like Mei or a giant Tank like Reinhardt, Zen doesn’t care. His robot shoe hits exactly the same and players are fascinated by the change.
Super kick Zenyatta?
Whole pig transformation?
These are just a few highlights from the Overwatch 2 PVP Beta patch notes.
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When announcing Zen’s upgrade, Overwatch’s official Twitter account called it a “super kick.” With an attached sample from content creator Stylosa, we see poor Tracer flying to her doom in the practice range, all as a result of a simple kick.
By diving into the new update themselves, players in the Overwatch 2 Beta quickly realized its potential. This recoil effect applies to everyone, even tanks with their increased recoil resistance can still be launched from their feet.
“This is the new meta: Zen floats around looking for environments”, players joked after seeing the wild buffs in action.
For some, this adjustment is more than welcome. Various Supporting mains voltage agreed to call it the “best change in a long time”.
Not only were veteran Zen fans happy with the buffs in general, as many claimed he “needed something for a while,” but others were relieved that the kick didn’t come at the expense of other skills.
“As a Zen head, I’m very happy that they understand that it would be uninteresting and lazy to give him a generic escape option,” Reddit user “hannmah‘ said. “Well done Blizz design team for tackling the problem without touching the main character design principles.”
With many hoping this will stay that way for the long haul, players in the beta are even suggesting more improvements to Zen’s new powers.
“Zenny should have a foot instead of a fist in the kill feed”, one player suggested† Maybe that’s something we’ll see in the next update, assuming this improvement stays in place.
It’s still early days, so there’s no telling if Blizzard plans to keep Zen’s thrills long-term. Heroes will likely see multiple balance changes and skill reworks in the coming months, so there’s no telling what any fan favorites will look like by the time Overwatch 2 is fully released.
But for now, if you have access to the beta, kick-happy Zen is live for you to experiment with. However, if you missed early Twitch drops, there’s one last chance to earn your spot.
Be sure to keep up with our rundown of everything there is to know about the Overwatch 2 beta†