Overwatch PTR Update Nerfs Lucio, Zenyatta, Zarya

Meanwhile, heroes like Junkrat and McCree receive buffs.

Posted By | On 28th, Feb. 2019 Under News

Overwatch Zenyatta

In an effort to counter the prevalent three Support, three Tank meta in Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment has updated its recent PTR build to nerf specific heroes in that set-up. That includes Lucio, Zenyatta, and Zarya. Don’t worry though – they’re not completely useless. You can expect these changes to hit the Public Test Realm server either today or tomorrow.

Lucio’s Speed Song has had its effect lowered from 30 to 20 percent, while the speed effect from Amp It Up has been reduced from 70 to 50 percent. On the upside, the movement speed gained while wall riding has increased from 20 to 40 percent.

Zarya hasn’t seen too much change – her alternate fire’s radius is now 1-2 depending on her energy, as opposed to 3-4. Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord effect, which increases damage dealt to marked heroes, has been reduced from 30 percent to 25 percent. On the other hand, the Orb of Destruction damage has been increased from 46 to 48. Check out the full patch notes below.


  • Frag Launcher: Impact damage increased from 40 to 60


  • Speed Song: Effect lowered from 30% to 20%
  • Amp it up: Speed song amped effect reduced from 70% to 50%
  • Wall Ride: Passive movement speed gained while wall riding increased from 20% to 40%.


  • Bonus damage ramp from the previous 1.34 change will now begin after 1.5s, down from 2.5.


  • Passive: Healing amount reduced from 50% to 40%


  • Photon Projector: Primary fire damage ramp speed increased by 20%


  • Particle Cannon: Alternate fire radius reduced from 2-3 to 1-2 (based on energy level)


  • Orb of Discord: Effect reduced from 30% to 25%
  • Orb of Destruction: Damage increased from 46 to 48

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