Other heroes like Genji, Junkrat and Lucio also see changes along with numerous bug fixes.
Blizzard Entertainment – or the development team for its hero shooter Overwatch – have made some pretty bold moves with regards to hero balancing. Along with Bastion’s initial Ironclad buff, Mercy’s Valkyrie reign and the recent buff to Sombra’s hack, the developer outlined plans to rework Hanzo. The rework is now live on the Public Test Realm server so if you’re on PC, download the PTR build and try it.
Essentially, the changes include a speed increase to projectiles, decreased cooldown for Sonic Arrow (but shorter duration and smaller radius) and two new abilities. These are Lunge, where Hanzo can jump in the air horizontally and Storm Arrows. The latter are six arrows fired in succession and though they deal reduced damage, they are fully charged arrows.
Other interesting changes include Tracer’s Pulse Bomb damage being nerfed, making this the first real change to the hero since Overwatch launched in May 2016. In a way, if this change went live, it would be the end of an era. For more information on hero changes, check the patch notes below (full patch notes here).
Hitbox size has been reduced
Developer Comments: The hitbox on Genji’s Deflect was big enough that it would sometimes reflect projectiles that were pretty far away from him. We’ve tightened up the hitbox, which should solve this problem while still fully protecting him from projectiles that would hit him from the front.
Projectile speed increased from 85 to 100
Press jump while in the air to leap horizontally
Developer Comments: The goal of these Hanzo changes is to allow him to have new options and maintain his high damage output, while removing the frustration of fighting against the old Scatter Arrow. Hanzo is now much more mobile with his new Lunge ability, and with the combination of the bow projectile speed increase and the new Storm Arrows ability he can now deal his high damage more consistently than ever before.
Projectile size decreased from 0.3 to 0.2
Tire movement speed decreased from 13 to 12
Developer Comments: These changes are aimed at lowering some of the most frustrating parts about playing against Junkrat. Decreasing the Frag Launcher’s projectile size means he will have to aim a bit more carefully to land powerful direct hits and slowing the RIP-Tire’s movement speed gives his opponents slightly more time to destroy it before it detonates.
No longer consumes ammo
Developer Comments: Wall Ride has been significantly overhauled to allow it to function more smoothly across more areas of every map. Lúcio players should instantly notice a huge improvement in where and how Wall Ride can be used. In addition, Sonic Amplifier’s Soundwave ability was unnecessarily controlled by both a cooldown and an ammo cost, so we’re removing the ammo cost.
Max damage decreased from 400 to 300
Developer Comments: Pulse Bomb was too good at killing tanks, who can be easy to stick due to their size. This damage reduction makes it less powerful as a tank-destroyer, while keeping it lethal against most other heroes.
GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES
Fixed a bug that caused the option “Invite to a Custom Game” to appear while in the Tutorial and Practice Range
Game Browser and Custom Game
Fixed a bug that caused custom game invites to persist on the invitee’s screen