But also buffs Genji, Hanzo and Reaper.
A new Public Test Realm update is now live for Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch and it contains some interesting changes to heroes. Keep in mind that this is only on Blizzard’s PTR and could change by the time it hits all platforms.
Soldier 76 will be seeing a nerf with each bullet dealing 19 instead of 20 damage. Orisa is also getting a nerf in damage with her Fusion Driver dealing 15 percent less damage. However, her barrier will have its cooldown reduced from 12 seconds to 8 seconds.
As for Reinhardt, his Ultimate Earthshatter will now have an effective height of 2 meters instead of 3. This means that if you’re floating higher than 2 meters (as, say Pharah) you’re less likely to be stunned. Earthshatter’s “climbing” up objects has also been reduced.
Some characters like Genji and Hanzo have received slight buffs with the cooldown on attacks after wall-climbing being removed. Meanwhile, Reaper will have his weapons immediately reloaded upon entering Wraith Form.
Check out the full patch notes below for more information:
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Developer Comments: This is a quality of life change to make wall climbing feel better.
Developer Comments: Decreasing Hanzo’s draw time gives him more overall DPS, while also letting him fully charge an arrow and more quickly return to full movement speed when needed. And, like the change to Genji’s wall climbing, this is a quality of life change that will make climbing feel better.
Developer Comments: To help Orisa maintain the front line for her team, we’re reducing the cooldown of her Protective Barrier. This change also helps her reposition the barrier more easily when needed. To compensate for this new defensive strength, we’re reducing her Fusion Driver’s damage, as it felt too high.
Developer Comments: Wraith Form is typically used as an escape ability after firing. This change gives Reaper a fighting chance if an enemy chases him down as he uses it.
Developer Comments: Earthshatter tended to climb unexpectedly high, frequently hitting targets that were significantly above the ground. These changes help the ability stay more grounded.
Developer Comments: Soldier:76 is in a much better place lately, but his damage output was making him a must pick, compared to similar roles.