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Overwatch PTR Patch - September 22

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A new patch hit the Public Test Realm yesterday, bringing few balance changes and various quality-of-life updates.

This patch introduces small changes to Ana, Widowmaker and Junkrat. Even though there aren't a lot of balance tweaks this time, the patch contains new voice lines, a nice upgrade to the spectator system, quite a few bug fixes and other additions. For example, you can now edit team names and pause Custom games. In addition, the profiler page has been reworked and you can see the top 500 leaderboard ingame.

Here are the patch notes:

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Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currrently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Static cameras are now supported in spectator mode
  • Team names can now be edited in custom games
  • Raised the volume of Hanzo's Dragonstrike voice line while wearing the Okami/Lone Wolf Skin
  • Heroes hit by Ana's Nano Boost have a new voice line that informs other players
  • Increased frequency of Reinhardt's "barrier failing" voice line
  • Custom Games can now be paused
     

HERO BALANCE UPDATES

Ana

  • Nano Boost
    • Ultimate cost has been increased by 20%
  • Biotic Grenade
    • Radius has been increased from 3 to 4 meters

Developer Comments: So far, we haven't seen any indication that Ana is too strong overall, but her ultimate charges a little too fast, especially considering the impact it can have on a match. Also, her Biotic Grenades are getting a small boost to help her hit multiple targets.

Widowmaker

  • Widow's Kiss
    • Scoping-in animation time has been reduced from 0.5 to 0.3 seconds

Developer Comments: This change will help Widowmaker acquire new targets more quickly and speed up her reaction time in fast-paced situations.

Junkrat

  • RIP-Tire
    • Ability now activates more quickly

Developer Comments: Junkrat can be an extremely effective hero in the right hands, but RIP-Tire often felt underpowered when compared to his counterparts.

 

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

General

  • Several minor aesthetic changes have been made to the game’s Main, Social, and Options menus
  • Removed several stats that were duplicated for certain heroes throughout the career profile
  • Controller users can now choose between two aiming modes
    • Dual-Zone mode (New default): The vast majority of the thumbstick's range moves with reduced sensitivity and relatively high acceleration. However, when the thumbstick crosses to the outer 10% of its range, it will move with high sensitivity and relatively low acceleration. This mode will allow for more precise aiming, while still allowing players to turn around quickly.
    • Exponential Ramp mode (Old default): As the thumbstick moves toward the outside of its range, the sensitivity is ramped up exponentially. The acceleration remains relatively high throughout.
  • Camera movement in Spectator Mode has been improved

Social Features

  • Certain commendations will now appear less frequently during end-of-round voting, and others will appear more frequently (e.g. Most Gold Medals and Torbjörn's Armor Packs Created)

BUG FIXES

General

  • Enemy players that are knocked down no longer lose their red outline
  • Fixed a bug that prevented modified key bindings from saving after relaunching the game
  • Fixed a bug that kept players from binding Take Screenshot to other keys

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug causing Bastion’s bullet shells to eject backwards while in Configuration: Sentry mode
  • Fixed an issue preventing Hanzo’s Sonic Arrow from appearing when selected
  • Fixed a bug preventing Junkrat’s statistics from correctly tracking RIP-Tire kills
  • Fixed an issue preventing Mercy’s staff from appearing in some highlight intros while wearing the Valkyrie/Sigrún skin
  • Fixed a bug causing Tracer highlight intros to render at a lower resolution when accessed from the Highlights menu
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Widowmaker to use her Grappling Hook on basketballs
  • Symmetra's “Car Wash” achievement now correctly lists the number of beams required (6 instead of 7)
  • Fixed a time calculation issue that was causing Zenyatta's “Rapid Discord” achievement to be more difficult than intended
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Junkrat’s “Roadkill” achievement from being awarded after obtaining 4 kills with RIP-Tire

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that allowed the payload to heal players even when they were negatively affected by Ana’s Biotic Grenade
  • Fixed a bug preventing the health bars on the Practice Range bots from displaying the effects of Ana’s Biotic Grenade
  • Fixed a bug preventing sprays from being applied correctly to some surfaces on Eichenwalde
  • Fixed a bug allowing some heroes to be seen in the sky when viewing certain highlight intros on Volskaya Industries
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Fixed widowmaker being able to grappling hook on basketballs......... i have a feeling there are many funny youtube videos i have missed XD.

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6 hours ago, demonardvark said:

Fixed widowmaker being able to grappling hook on basketballs......... i have a feeling there are many funny youtube videos i have missed XD.

So many trickshots. People hit the ball into the air, hook, fly forward and nail a shot.

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6 hours ago, demonardvark said:

Fixed widowmaker being able to grappling hook on basketballs......... i have a feeling there are many funny youtube videos i have missed XD.

Yes.  Yes you have.  Funny stuff.

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16 hours ago, Darkjester79 said:

Yes.  Yes you have.  Funny stuff.

+1 to this. So many funny videos missed of people using the basketball to get kills, scout maps, jump across the map...

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Im getting the feeling you havent really missed it since most of those videos (if not all) are still on youtube.

Hope I can finally properly get my zenyatta achievement now.

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The beauty of YouTube. 

Only just managed the Zen achievement with an Ana and genji on my team. Wasn't even intended.

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27 minutes ago, TheBeninator said:

The Widow buff makes it so must easier to trickshot its awesome <3

"Beninator 360 Widow Montage"

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