Overwatch PTR Patch Buffs Soldier 76, McCree, Doomfist, and More

Blizzard releases arguably its biggest balance patch on the Public Test Realm server.

Posted By | On 27th, Feb. 2019 Under News


Overwatch Widowmaker

Along with adding a new hero Baptiste for PC players to try out, the latest Public Test Realm patch for Overwatch has also brought a host of other changes. It seems Blizzard is set on mixing things up as much as possible – armor is being changed to no longer mitigate damage over time effects, damage boost applies differently to projectiles, and knockback is now “more consistent”. A number of heroes have also received buffs.

Doomfist, for example, has seen his Rising Uppercut and Seismic Slam cooldowns reduced by 1 second each. McCree’s Fan the Hammer damage has been slightly reduced, but the damage caused by Deadeye has been increased to 550 when locking on to enemies for 2.5 seconds. Soldier 76 now deals 20 damage per shot, and his Ultimate now targets Junkrat’s RIP-Tire and Baptiste’s Immortality Field.

Other changes include Hanzo’s Sonic Arrow having a detection radius of 9 meters instead of 7, Widowmaker’s Infra-Sight revealing health bars through walls, and much more. How these will affect the meta remains to be seen, but this is certainly an extensive range of changes across a variety of heroes. Check out some of the patch notes below, or read them in full through here.

GENERAL UPDATES

Armor

  • Beam-type damage is now reduced by 20% when hitting armor
  • Damage over time effects are no longer mitigated by armor

Developer Comments: The damage taken by armor from damage over time effects, such as Widowmaker’s Venom Mine, and beam weapons, like Symmetra’s Photon Projector, varied greatly. Now it will be more consistent and predictable.

Damage Boost

Damage boost is now applied when a projectile is fired rather than when it hits a target

Developer Comments: Previously, the effects of damage boosting were only accounted for if the damage-dealing hero was being boosted as they landed a hit. Now, damage is applied to the projectile as it is fired. This means the damage-dealing hero doesn’t need to be boosted when the projectile hits an enemy for the damage boost to be accounted for.

Knockback

  • Knockback distance is now more consistent
  • Heroes that are flying can now be knocked back and slowed

Developer Comments: Knockbacks are now less affected by how the enemy was moving when they were hit. Instead of having small or large knockbacks that depend on chance, knockbacks will feel similar regardless of the enemy’s movement leading up to the knockback. Allowing flying heroes, like Mercy when using her Valkyrie ability or D.Va using her Booster ability, to be properly knocked back makes for more fluid, realistic gameplay.

Sound

  • A new sound plays when you land a hit while damage boosted
  • A new sound plays when you land a hit, but it doesn’t do any damage

Developer Comments: With the addition of Baptiste, we wanted to be sure that you can tell when your hits were being buffed or nullified, regardless of what hero you’re playing.
HERO UPDATES

Ana

Nano Boost

Heal reduced from 300 to 250

Developer Comments: Giving Nano Boost an instant heal effect enabled players to survive longer and made Ana’s ultimate valuable. However, it needs to be slightly less effective for refilling large health pools.

Doomfist

Rising Uppercut

Cooldown reduced from 7 to 6 seconds

Seismic Slam

Cooldown reduced from 7 to 6 seconds

Developer Comments: Reducing the downtime of Doomfist’s abilities should make his gameplay feel more fluid.

Hanzo

Sonic Arrow

Detection radius increased from 7 to 9 meters

Developer Comments: Because of how dense the environment is on some maps, the Sonic Arrow can feel ineffective in some areas. Increasing Sonic Arrow’s detection radius should make it more effective.

Lúcio

Sonic Amplifier

Soundwave now counts towards Offensive Assists

Developer Comments: The knockback on Lúcio’s Soundwave is a great tool for pushing enemies into situations that get them killed, so they should be rewarded an offensive assist for doing so.

McCree

Fan the Hammer

Damage reduced from 55 to 50

Deadeye

Damage per second increased from 275 to 550 after locking onto targets for 2.5 seconds

Developer Comments: After reducing armor’s effectiveness for all heroes, Fan the Hammer doesn’t need to deal quite as much damage. Increasing Deadeye’s damage after being locked on for a bit makes it more effective when attacking high health, static targets (like barriers) and heroes with over 600 health. It will not impact how dangerous this is for heroes under 600 health.

Mei

Endothermic Blaster

Primary fire damage increased from 2.25 to 2.75 (45 to 55 damage per second)

Ice Wall

Health reduced from 500 to 400

Developer Comments: Increasing the damage of Mei’s primary fire should make her Freeze and Icicle move combination more potent. Making the pillars on Mei’s Ice Wall easier to destroy means less waiting for the wall to disappear on its own and more opportunities to counter it.

Moira

Biotic Grasp

  • Heal over time duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds
  • Total healing increased from 50 to 65

Developer Comments: These minor changes make Moira’s passive healing effect on Biotic Grasp slightly more effective when topping off an ally’s health.

Orisa

Fusion Driver

Movement speed penalty while firing reduced from 50% to 30%

Developer Comments: As a defensive tank, Orisa can have trouble pushing forward with the team. Allowing Orisa to move faster while firing should make it easier to apply pressure on the enemy team and use her barrier in proactive ways.

Pharah

Rocket Launcher

Minimum explosion damage increased from 16.25 to 20

Developer Comments: This change sets the Rocket Launcher’s minimum damage to where it was before we rebalanced its direct impact and explosive damage in a recent patch.

Soldier: 76

Pulse Rifle

Damage increased from 19 to 20

Sprint

Delay before you can fire the weapon after using Sprint reduced from .5 to .3 seconds

Tactical Visor

Can target RIP-Tire and Immortality Field

Developer Comments: This change should potentially allow Soldier: 76 to kill an enemy hero one shot sooner. Reducing the time between when you use Sprint and when you can fire should make the ability more fluid and responsive. Giving Tactical Visor the ability to target Junkrat’s RIP-Tire and Baptiste’s Immortality Field drone is a quality of life improvement, since these are both critical targets.


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