I realize we’re all still high on Hammond the Hamster aka “Wrecking Ball”, being revealed as Overwatch’s newest hero. But there’s more Overwatch changes a-brewin folks.
Hammond isn’t the only new addition to the Overwatch PTR. Bastion, McCree, Mei and Soldier 76 have all received a small buff, while Widowmaker has had her damage falloff normalized.
The Overwatch developer team had this to say, “The goal of these changes is to slightly reduce the impact of damage falloff on mid-range weapons. While assessing falloff mechanics across the board, weapons intended primarily for close-range combat benefited too greatly from lowering their falloff restrictions. We also normalized a couple of outliers in that Mei had a long-range travel time projectile with falloff applied and Widowmaker’s automatic fire did not have any.”
- Configuration: Sentry and Configuration: Recon – Minimum damage at max range increased from 30% to 50%.
- Peacekeeper – Minimum damage at max range increased from 30% to 50%
- Endothermic Blaster – Removed all damage falloff from her secondary fire projectile
- Heavy Pulse Rifle – Minimum damage at max range increased from 30% to 50%
- Widow’s Kiss – Now has damage falloff applied on her automatic primary fire (50% at max range)
Sorry Hanzo mains, but your days of destroying the enemy team with storm arrows look to be coming less frequently, “Hanzo’s new kit has proven to be a bit too powerful, especially his new Storm Arrows ability. We’re lowering the frequency that he can have this ability available to make it more reasonable to play around.”
- Duration reduced from 6 to 5 seconds
- Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds
We told you all about Sombra’s substantial changes already, but just in case you missed it, I’ve included the patch notes.
- Now lasts indefinitely
- No longer can contest objectives while invisible
- Enemy detection radius increased from 2 meters to 4 meters
Movement speed buff decreased from +75% to +50%
- Now lasts indefinitely
- Can now be destroyed (has 5 health)
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