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We have some news on the upcoming Torbjörn rework, via VG24/7, who interviewed Lead Designer Geoff Goodman and got a fair amount of details on the turreteer's future. The changes will be focused around making the Hero more useful on offense, mainly by making turrets spawn at level 2 by default and making them throwable. Molten Core, Torb's ultimate, might also get a complete rework, as it's currently too powerful on its own and is the majority of the Hero's power, but the current thinking is it's just going to be removed and replaced with a new ult.
You can read more details in the full VG24/7 interview, and here are a couple of quotes as well:
There's still no word on when exactly the rework is coming, but we'd already heard he was next in line after Symmetra and Hammond, so it shouldn't be too far in the future, unless the team can't really get any good solutions to Torb's problems.
There's more goodies coming via the Overwatch League to us regular folks! There's four new sprays as well as double the league tokens (that you can use to buy the team skins) heading your way if you watch the Grand Finals on Twitch on July 27-28th! All you have to do is link your Blizzard account to your Twitch and watch 3 hours on each day for the full 4 sprays featuring Overwatch Heroes watching the games! Check out the full details below.
The finals themselves will also be broadcast on ESPN live and the highlights will be shown on ABC the day after.
OW League (source)
To celebrate the Overwatch League Grand Finals at Barclays Center on July 27–28, we’re giving fans the opportunity to earn four new in-game sprays and double League Tokens.
FOUR NEW SPRAYS
The sprays (pictured above) feature some of your favorite Overwatch characters gathering to watch the Grand Finals. They’ve got the right idea! Here are the four spray names and featured characters:
Match’s On! with Hanzo, Zarya, Sombra, and McCree Watchparty: Gibraltar with Emily, Tracer, Winston, and Mei #1 Fan with D.Va Living Room with Brigitte, Reinhardt, Torbjörn, and Bastion You can unlock these sprays by watching the Grand Finals live (see below for details on how to participate). Here’s the amount of viewing time required to unlock each of the sprays:
Watch 1.5 total hours on Friday, July 27 to unlock Match’s On! Watch 3 total hours on Friday, July 27 to unlock Watchparty: Gibraltar Watch 1.5 total hours on Saturday, July 28 to unlock #1 Fan Watch 3 total hours on Saturday, July 28 to unlock Living Room You don’t need to watch on Friday to earn sprays on Saturday, or vice versa, but each day’s sprays are only available on that day.
2X LEAGUE TOKENS
For fans who watch to accumulate League Tokens, we’re happy to announce that during the Grand Finals we’re offering double drops. The double token multiplier only applies to single-token drops, and not to 100-token drops. However, random 100-token drops still will be active. Each time a map concludes during the live broadcast, eligible viewers will earn two League Tokens. Also, a percentage of lucky fans viewing the live broadcast when a match ends will be awarded 100 League Tokens. Click here for additional information on tokens and FAQs.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
To earn double League Tokens and in-game sprays while watching the Grand Finals live, follow the instructions below for supported platforms:
Twitch.tv or Twitch Desktop App viewers (including the Twitch Mobile App and Twitch apps on game consoles and TV devices):
Create or log in to your Blizzard Battle.net account. Link your Twitch account to your Battle.net account. View a live stream of a match during the promotion period. Overwatchleague.com, Overwatch League app, Battle.net, and Overwatch game client viewers:
Create or log in to your Blizzard account on overwatchleague.com, Battle.net, or in the Overwatch game client: View a live stream of a match during the promotion period. To redeem League Tokens for in-game items, viewers must have a valid Overwatch game license. Xbox One® and PlayStation®4 system players must have their Xbox Live or PlayStation®Network account linked to their Battle.net account. Follow these steps to do so.
Additional terms and conditions apply. For complete rules and eligibility requirements click here.
We have another free weekend coming, this time featuring the latest Hero to arrive to Overwatch, Hammond/Wrecking Ball, who will be going live on July 24th! There's a lot of these free weekends going around, but this one may just be the best one yet, as the little hamster hero is extremely fun to play and should be interesting for all types of players to tinker with. So if you haven't bought it yet, you should definitely jump in this weekend and try out some of the more fun Heroes, (imo) Winston, Hammond, Pharah, Tracer, basically anyone with great movement abilities.
July 26-30 (source)
It’s never too late to get in on the action. Bring the adrenaline-pumping excitement of the Overwatch League Grand Finals from the big stream to your computer screen during the Overwatch Free Weekend.
From July 26–30, we're calling on all prospective agents: assemble your teams and dive in during the Overwatch Free Weekend on PC!
For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 28 heroes—including Wrecking Ball—and 18 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players will also be able to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options for their heroes.
Plus, if you decide to purchase Overwatch after test driving the game, you'll get to keep any progress that you made during the weekend—just be sure to use the same Blizzard account that you played on.
For more details and to learn how you can participate, read on below!
Deployment Schedule Installation and Play Instructions Free Weekend FAQ
The Overwatch Free Weekend will run from July 26–30. All Windows PC users with a Blizzard account will be able to download and play Overwatch for FREE during this period—no special keys or sign-up codes needed!
The free period will begin on July 26 at 20:00 CEST and end on July 31 at 08:59 CEST in supported regions. If you'd like to see when the weekend will go live in your region, check out the reference guides below. For additional time zone assistance, please visit timezoneconverter.com.
EUROPE: THE AMERICAS: ASIA: 19:00 BST on July 26
20:00 CET on July 26
21:00 MSK on July 26
11:00 a.m. PDT on July 26
12:00 p.m. MDT on July 26
1:00 p.m. CDT on July 26
3:00 p.m. ADT on July 26
3:30 p.m. NDT on July 26
3:00 p.m. BRT on July 26
2:00 a.m. SGT on July 27
4:00 a.m. AEST on July 27
6:00 a.m. NZST on July 27
2:00 a.m. CST on July 27
3:00 a.m. JST on July 27
The Overwatch Free Weekend may not be available in all regions. See our FAQ for details.
Before your watch can begin, you'll first need to install Overwatch on your PC. To install and play on July 26, please follow the instructions below.
FOR WINDOWS PC:
Step 1: Download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app, if you haven't already, and launch it.
Step 2: Create a free Blizzard account, or log in with an existing account.
Step 3: Click the Overwatch icon, located on the left-hand side of the Blizzard desktop app.
Step 4: Select your region from the drop-down menu, then click "Install" to begin the installation process.
Step 5: Once installed, click "Play" to begin!
The Overwatch Free Weekend client will be available for download from July 26–30.
Q. In what regions is the Free Weekend available?
A. The Free Weekend on PC, will be available in our Americas, Europe, and Asia gameplay regions (excluding Korea).
For more information on which countries are associated with each of our Blizzard gameplay regions, click here.
Q. What game content will be available during the Free Weekend?
A. During the Free Weekend, players will have access to Overwatch's full roster of heroes, maps, and a selection of features—including Quick Play, Custom Games, the Arcade, and Loot Boxes.
Q. How many heroes are available in Overwatch?
A. There are 28 heroes available to play in Overwatch! To learn more about these heroes, click here.
Q. How many maps are available in Overwatch?
A. There are 18 different maps available in Overwatch, each with different goals and objectives:
Assault: Hanamura, Horizon Lunar Colony, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries Escort: Dorado, Junkertown, Rialto, Route 66, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar Assault/Escort Hybrid: Blizzard World, Eichenwalde, Hollywood, King's Row, and Numbani Control: Ilios, Lijiang Tower, Nepal, and Oasis Q. How many players does each mode support?
A. Quick Play maps supports 12 players in a 6v6 format. The Arcade features alternate games modes and maps that support players in 1v1, 3v3, 6v6, and free-for-all formats.
Q. What different play modes are available in Overwatch during the Free Weekend?
A. There are a variety of ways to play Overwatch during the Free Weekend!
Quick Play: Jump into a game against other players of similar skill. Play vs. AI: Hone your skills against a team of AI-controlled heroes. Custom Game: Customize the rules and play a game with your friends or AI. Arcade: Change things up with alternate games modes featuring different rules sets and restrictions. Players can also learn the ropes in a series of training modes: Tutorial, Practice Range, and Practice vs. AI.
Q. What languages are supported during Free Weekend?
A. The Free Weekend will be supported in 12 languages: English, French, German, Polish, Italian, Russian, Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.
Q. Will my progress from the Free Weekend carry over if I purchase Overwatch later?
A. Yes. Any progression you earn, including levels as well as skins and other items you get from Loot Boxes, will carry over to the full game if you purchase Overwatch® Standard Edition, the fully-loaded Overwatch® Legendary Edition, or any version of Overwatch on PC—just be sure you purchase the game on the same account you played on during this free weekend.
Your stats will also be retained. (Achievements, however, have been disabled for the Free Weekend.)
Q. Will PC and console gamers be able to play together during the Free Weekend?
A: No, cross-platform play is not available in Overwatch.
Q. Will there be any sort of maintenance planned during the Free Weekend?
A. There's no downtime or maintenance currently planned for the Free Weekend. If this plan changes at any point, we'll be sure to provide information about major service interruptions in the official forums. For additional status updates, be sure to follow @PlayOverwatch on Twitter.
After the wrecking Ball PTR was taken down yesterday we have a new build today! Along with the already announced support Hero balancing, we have certain longer duration ults returning ammo after they're done, Hanzo and Widow movement ability nerfs and more Hero tweaks.
PTR July 18 (source)
GENERAL UPDATES General
Changed the name of Junkrat’s Buccaneer skin to Bilgerat Added under attack voice lines for Zenyatta, Lúcio, and Moria Looking for Group
Settings will be saved after changing filters on the Looking for Group browse screen Hero Gallery
Added a What’s New option that displays new unlockable content HERO UPDATES
Channeled and transformation ultimate abilities now restore ammunition after completion for some heroes
Channeled abilities affected: Junkrat’s RIP-Tire, Pharah’s Barrage, Roadhog’s Whole Hog, and Zenyatta’s Transcendence Transformation abilities affected: Genji’s Dragonblade, Winston’s Primal Rage Developer Comments: The change removes the need to immediately reload after a long duration ultimate.
Now also instantly heals the target for 300 health Developer Comments: This change should give Ana the flexibility to use her ultimate in a wider variety of situations.
Cooldown increased from 6 to 7 seconds Developer Comments: Slightly increasing the cooldown will give Brigitte’s opponents more opportunity to play around her Shield Bash ability.
No longer impacts Symmetra’s teleporter Now destroys Symmetra’s sentry turrets without stopping his movement Developer Comments: These changes are just quality of life improvements for how Doomfist interacts with Symmetra’s placeables.
Cooldown increased from 4 to 5 seconds Developer Comments: Hanzo’s Lunge ability allows him to be very evasive, the increased cooldown should make him slightly easier to catch.
Passive energy regeneration rate increased from 2 per second to 2.4 per second Developer Comments: This gives Moira a bit more healing to work with in situations with no enemy targets available.
Aura radius increase from 10 to 12 meters Sound Barrier
Temporary shields granted increased from 500 to 750 Developer Comments: Increasing the amount of shield health gained from Lucio’s Sound Barrier should make it more effective against incoming burst damage. The increased aura radius will help keep more allies within his heal and speed range.
Healing beam reduced from 60 healing per second to 50 healing per second Developer Comments: Mercy’s previous healing output made her nearly impossible to replace in any team composition. Even after these changes she will still be able to deliver more healing over the course of a match than any other support hero. This change should allow for other healers to be a more viable pick.
Reduced the size of Sombra’s head hit volume Developer Comments: This is mostly a bug fix, as her head hit volume was abnormally large, especially from behind. Previously if you fired at her from behind near her upper spine, you could land a head shot. Now her head volume is much more accurate.
Decorative insignia no longer protrudes from the shield’s surface Developer Comments: By smoothing out Reinhardt Barrier Field, he will be able to consistently block enemy abilities and projectiles (e.g. Junkrat’s grenades).
Cooldown increased from 8 seconds to 10 seconds Developer Comments: The increased cooldown will slightly reduce the frequency that Widowmaker can reposition herself.
Drain rate reduced from 2 per second to 1.6 per second Graviton Surge
Radius reduced from 8 to 6 meters Developer Comments: With the reduced Energy drain rate, Zarya should be at higher energy on average resulting in more overall damage and quicker ultimate charge times. We’ve also decreased the wide area of Graviton Surge, so players are more able to aid allies without being pulled in as well.
Fixed a bug that could cause players to lose an endorsement level if they exited before a match completes, but after the return timer for a leaving player has expired
Previous PTR patch notes.
Live patch notes.