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McCree and Widowmaker Nerfs Are Now Live

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It's high noon, err I mean time... It's high time for some balance changes!

Yesterday, we reported that we were expecting balance changes for McCree and Widowmaker within this week. It turns out that these changes came within the day. It wasn't surprising that both of these Heroes were nerfed. The damage of McCree's Alternate Fire was reduced, while the damage of Widowmaker's body shots was also reduced. The patch contained some bug fixes too.

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A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.

To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum.
For a list of known issues, visit our Bug Report forum.
For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.

Please note that many of these changes will be rolled into a larger patch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later date.

HERO BALANCE CHANGES

McCree

  • Peacekeeper
    • Alternate Fire
      • Recovery time (i.e. the amount of time before McCree starts reloading) decreased from 0.75 seconds to 0.3 seconds
      • Bullet damage decreased from 70 to 45
 

Developer Comments: McCree was performing too well against all targets, making him feel like a must-pick in many situations. By reducing the damage of his alternate fire, McCree is now significantly weaker against tanks like Roadhog and Reinhardt, but still maintains his lethality against smaller targets like Tracer and Genji.

Widowmaker

  • Widow’s Kiss
    • Alternate Fire (Scoped Shot)
      • Base damage decreased from 15 to 12
        • Note: Scoped shot damage multiplier remains unchanged
      • Headshot damage multiplier increased from 2x to 2.5x
      • Players must now wait for the unscoping animation to completely finish before scoping
  • Infra-Sight
    • Ultimate cost increased by 10%


Developer Comments: In the right hands, Widowmaker can often feel unstoppable—even when just landing body shots instead of critical heads shots. The changes to her alternate fire weaken body shot damage while leaving her headshot damage unchanged. Additionally, we felt her Ultimate ability, Infra-Sight, was coming up a little too frequently, especially considering its impact on the game.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Improved stability of the High Bandwidth option in Custom Games


Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to gain Ultimate charge whenever damage boosting an ally who was attacking a barrier or Ice Wall
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations on certain maps


Maps

  • Fixed an issue with collision on certain areas of Dorado not blocking line of sight
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These are the first balance changes after Overwatch went live worldwide. The team has also talked about buffing D.Va somehow, but her balance changes probably didn't make it this time or weren't considered that urgent.

Do you think the McCree and Widowmaker nerfs will affect the current meta?

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