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PTR Patch Notes: Sept 22nd - Torbjörn, Pharah and More Hero Changes

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One of the biggest PTR patches to date, today's new playground brings the massive Torbjörn rework, a fairly big one for Pharah as well, in addition some significant changes to Brigitte and McCree, and some less significant ones for Orisa, Mei and Solider 76. There's also the usual bug fixes, and you can read up on the Torbjörn changes in more detail here, as Geoff Goodman went into them in-depth.

Blizzard LogoPTR September 22 (source)

Colorblind Options Updates

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HERO UPDATES

General

  • Updated visuals for all shields and barriers to increase readability

Brigitte

  • Barrier Shield
    • Shield health reduced from 600 to 500

Developer Comments: The health of Brigitte’s barrier was extremely difficult for most heroes to deal with even as she was able to close the distance with her targets. This change still provides Brigitte with substantial survivability but should also be more rewarding for opponents who pressure her.

McCree

  • Combat Roll
    • Cooldown reduced from 8 to 6 seconds

Developer Comments: Previously, the cooldown of McCree’s Combat Roll felt too restrictive, which sometimes prohibited players from using it. The new, faster cooldown should allow for more flexibility when choosing between using it for mobility or an instant reload.

Pharah

  • Concussive Blast
    • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 9 seconds
  • Rocket Launcher
  • Attack speed increased
    • Lowered recovery between shots from 0.9 to 0.75
  • Damage redistributed between explosion and impact
    • Explosion damage reduced from 80 to 65
    • Impact damage increased from 40 to 55
  • Explosion knockback reduced by 20%
  • Self-knockback range increased by 25%

Developer Comments: We wanted to increase how responsive Pharah’s Rocket Launcher felt. Having almost a full second of recovery between shots made it feel sluggish. To balance out the improved recovery time, we shifted some of the damage from the rocket's explosion to the direct impact damage. The overall damage potential is now increased when landing direct hits and decreased slightly when only dealing explosive damage. We reduced the amount of knockback each explosion causes, as they made it very difficult to aim at Pharah while rockets came in at a faster pace. The Concussive Blast cooldown reduction should allow the ability to sync up more closely with the Jump Jet cooldown when used for mobility.

Mei

  • General
    • Updated visual effects for all abilities

Orisa

  • Fusion Driver
    • Maximum spread reduced from 1.5 to 1.2

Developer Comments: Orisa spends a significant amount of time firing her Fusion Driver from a relatively stationary location and the weapon's spread value caused it to feel too random when leading targets at a distance, taking into account the projectiles' travel time. We’ve tightened the spread slightly, which should leave her close- and mid-range damage potential largely unchanged, while making it feel better to try to hit targets at longer ranges.

Soldier: 76

  • Heavy Pulse Rifle
    • Number of shots until max spread increased from 6 to 9

Developer Comments: Soldier: 76’s damage output was a bit low but not too far off from where we feel it should be. Making it take a few more shots to reach max spread smooths out the weapon spread curve and should help his damage be more consistent.

Torbjörn

  • General
    • Reduced the size of Torbjörn’s head hit volume by 10%
  • Rivet Gun
    • Primary Fire
      • Projectile speed increased from 60 to 70 per second
      • Reload time reduced from 2.2 to 2 seconds
      • Turret targets enemy hit by primary fire
    • Alternate Fire
      • Recovery lowered from 0.8 to 0.6 seconds
      • Damage per shot lowered from 150 to 125
      • Reload time reduced from 2.2 to 2 seconds
      • Spread randomization readjusted
    • Forge Hammer
      • Radius increased to align with Quick Melee
    • Deploy Turret
      • Now a thrown projectile
      • Automatically builds over three seconds
        • No longer has different levels
        • Same damage output as previous level 2 turret
      • Maximum health reduced from 300 to 250
      • Now incurs a 5 second cooldown when deployed
      • Now incurs a 10 second cooldown when destroyed in combat
      • No longer able to deploy a new turret if it’s in combat
        • While the turret is firing
        • If the turret has taken damage within three seconds
      • Now able to destroy turret using the Interact input
      • Now will complete self-building once deployed, even if Torbjörn is eliminated
    • New Ability: Overload
      • Replaces Armor Pack
      • Lasts for 5 seconds (12 second cooldown)
      • Temporarily grants 150 armor
      • Increases attack, movement, and reload speed by 30%
    • New Ultimate: Molten Core
      • Switches weapon from Rivet Gun to his claw arm
      • Lasts 6 seconds
      • Fire up to 10 molten globules that create damage pools where they land for 10 seconds
        • Bounces off walls and ceilings until coming into contact with the ground
      • Base damage is 130
      • Damage increases from 130 to 190 against enemies who have armor
        • Heroes affected by armor: Bastion, Brigitte, D.Va, Orisa, Reinhardt, Torbjörn, Winston, Wrecking Ball
        • Heroes who can grant armor to their allies: Brigitte

Developer Comments: Torbjörn was initially designed to be a specialized hero, intended to be a strong defensive option due to his armor-generating capabilities and ability to control areas with his turret. However, the scrap collecting and Armor Pack mechanics have proven to cause problematic gameplay issues through their feast or famine nature. In order to make the hero more flexible in a wide variety of situations, we’ve removed the scrap system, made the turret much easier to deploy, replaced the Armor Pack ability with Overload—a powerful self-buff—and transformed Molten Core into a powerful new area denial ultimate ability.

Learn more here.

MAP UPDATES

General

  • Reduced the setup timer for Assault, Escort, and Assault/Escort maps from 1 minute to 45 seconds

BUG FIXES

Heroes

Bastion

  • Fixed a bug that caused the roll bar on Bastion’s Dune Buggy skin to obscure its view when backing up or firing in Tank configuration

D.Va

  • Fixed a bug that prevented some glow visual effects from appearing on D.Va’s Nano Cola skin
  • Fixed a bug that prevented D.Va from fully appearing when viewing her MEKA Activated highlight intro in the Hero Gallery

Hanzo

  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s Storm Bow reticle to be visible while emoting

Mei

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mei’s Blizzard from freezing enemies when cast in areas with low ceilings

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug that caused the player’s reticle to pitch up after using Earthshatter
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Earthshatter animations to play if used while he was juggled in the air by knockback abilities

Sombra

  • Fixed an issue that caused Sombra to change the direction she was facing when using her Translocator to teleport

Symmetra

  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra to have a chance of playing inaccurate voice lines when placing turrets

Torbjörn

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn’s medal from appearing in his Medal victory pose

Zarya

  • Fixed a bug that caused Zarya’s Particle Cannon reticle to be visible while emoting

Maps

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  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on some prohibited rooftops in Downtown
  • Fixed a bug that prevented sprays from displaying on glass windows in MEKA Base

Volskaya Industries

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on some prohibited rooftops in Downtown
  • Fixed a bug that prevented sprays from displaying on glass windows in MEKA Base

Game Browser and Custom Games

Deathmatch

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the “your team has lost” or “your team has taken the lead” voice lines from playing when the score swap happens due to self-inflicted deaths

VS AI

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving an “unable to join” error message if they attempted to spectate a Player vs AI match when all spectator slots were full

Previous Live patch notes.
Previous PTR patch notes.

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2 hours ago, leapingshadow said:

Good changes all around. Need more of the Soldier and McCree buffs for them to be chosen before Widow though.

???????????

mcree is now the only hero with no downside in the game

 

hitscan changes made him strong on long range due to only 50% dmg fall of

on midrange he is obv one of the best heroes, 70 dmg per hit 140 per crit is insane for hitscan

and if you get close to him, he now can roll away more

often and use his totally balanced flashbang and kill

you with fan

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15 minutes ago, Sombra said:

???????????

mcree is now the only hero with no downside in the game

 

hitscan changes made him strong on long range due to only 50% dmg fall of

on midrange he is obv one of the best heroes, 70 dmg per hit 140 per crit is insane for hitscan

and if you get close to him, he now can roll away more

often and use his totally balanced flashbang and kill

you with fan

Is that why he's never chosen before Widowmaker in professional settings? If you can hit 140 headshots constantly you can do more with Widowmaker. No fall off, better escape, a better ultimate, and one shot kills.

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23 hours ago, Sombra said:

???????????

mcree is now the only hero with no downside in the game

 

hitscan changes made him strong on long range due to only 50% dmg fall of

on midrange he is obv one of the best heroes, 70 dmg per hit 140 per crit is insane for hitscan

and if you get close to him, he now can roll away more

often and use his totally balanced flashbang and kill

you with fan

Actually, with this buffs Soldier is better then him tbh. 

He is terrible agaisn't Deathball strat, and useless facing shields. S:76 does more damage to shield and Widow pretty much kills everything that moves from it. 

A lot of McCree mains are saying he is the ''worst Hanzo'', and it is true. 

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On 9/23/2018 at 3:54 PM, Sombra said:

???????????

mcree is now the only hero with no downside in the game

 

hitscan changes made him strong on long range due to only 50% dmg fall of

on midrange he is obv one of the best heroes, 70 dmg per hit 140 per crit is insane for hitscan

and if you get close to him, he now can roll away more

often and use his totally balanced flashbang and kill

you with fan

McCree is good in close range, actually one of the best, and thats it. 

Unfortunately, close range combat doesn't work against tanks with 500+ health, so he is only very strong against other dps and healers. So, he is out of the context if you up against Goats comp, or Slambulance.

In midrange combats, soldier has more constant damage, and has rockets, and more mobility because of Sprint. And self-sustain with Biotic Field. Cree has none. So, you are dependent on your healers, which will focus on tanks anyways.

In long range, they both suck. Widowmaker is the choice, because she is fantastic against enemy backline if you have even a slight sense of aim. If you are bad at that, you are bad at all three (to a lesser extent at Soldier, because he has an automatic rifle, so some of those shots will hit)

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      PATCH HIGHLIGHTS
      New Feature: Replays
      Experience your past Overwatch games from a whole new perspective with Replays. Replays allows you to watch your ten most recent matches from any vantage point. Whether you want a first-person, third-person, or bird’s-eye view, you can see it all with this tool. Hone your strategies by slowing down or speeding up the game to see exactly how a critical moment played out, get a better view of the action from above, or even turn off the UI completely.
      Learn more about Replays: Blizz.ly/OverwatchReplays
      HERO UPDATES
      Baptiste
      Biotic Launcher Increased heal ammo from 10 to 12. Amplification Matrix Ultimate duration increased from 8 seconds to 10 seconds. Developer Comments: Given the dual nature of Baptiste’s weapon, he ends up having to reload often. We’re increasing the amount of ammo he has to work with so he can get more firing time while healing. Similarly, increasing the duration of Amplification Matrix will allow allies more time to get into position to make use of it.
      D.Va
      Defense Matrix Reduced length of Defense Matrix from 15 meters to 10 meters. Developer Comments: Defense Matrix is a very powerful defensive ability and can often feel oppressive from far away. Reducing the range on it will require D.Va to position herself more carefully to take advantage of its effects.
      McCree
      Peacekeeper Primary fire recovery reduced from 0.5 seconds to 0.4 seconds. Developer Comments: On average, McCree’s damage output wasn’t quite making up for the relatively low mobility or utility in his kit. Reducing his weapon’s recovery time improves the potential damage output without affecting the number of successful shots to kill an enemy.
      Orisa
      Protective Barrier Barrier can be deployed without interrupting reload. Developer Comments: Orisa has one of the longest weapon reloads and interrupting it to deploy a new barrier felt too disruptive to her gameplay. This change allows her to reload as needed while still being able to protect herself and her team.
      Symmetra
      Teleporter Teleporter interact range increased from 1 meter to 1.5 meters. Developer Comments: This is primarily a quality of life improvement as it was possible to create a teleporter that Symmetra was unable to interact with unless she moved toward it.
      Torbjörn
      Rivet Gun Secondary Fire damage per pellet reduced from 12.5 to 10.5 (105 dmg total per shot). Developer Comments: The combined damage output of Torbjörn’s secondary fire with his Overload ability was too high given his recently increased survivability.
      GAME MODE UPDATES
      Assault
      Time awarded for capturing Point A on all Assault maps has been reduced from 4 minutes to 3 minutes. Upon losing Point A, any defenders that are dead, or that die shortly thereafter, will have a maximum respawn of 3.5 seconds. Developer Comments: Assault match lengths are averaging higher than we’re happy with, particularly in Competitive where there are multiple rounds. We’re also concerned with how often Offense fully captures Point A and Point B. Reducing the round time from 8 to 7 minutes should address both these concerns, as less overall time rewards better Defense.
      Additionally, sometimes Defenders fight late with good intentions at Point A and end up staggered from their team when A falls, leaving their team with uneven footing to defend a rush to B. In these situations, temporarily lowering the respawn time to get those Defenders back with their team should be a better match experience and doesn’t punish players so harshly for wanting to defend Point A.
      WORKSHOP UPDATES
      General
      Visual update applied Check boxes added to support operations on multiple conditions/actions/rules. You can now disable conditions/actions/rules without deleting them. (PC) When copying conditions/actions/rules, the contents will also be copied to your clipboard in a text format. (PC) When pasting conditions/actions/rules, the editor will use the text from your clipboard. Increased maximum number of effects from 64 -> 128. Added ‘Modify Global Variable At Index’. Added ‘Modify Player Variable At Index’. BUG FIXES
      General
      Communication Wheel: “Acknowledge” pings triggered through the Communication Wheel can now target objectives. Fixed a bug where explosions could play in the wrong position if a mispredicted impact happened on the client. Custom Game: Fixed a bug where AI Soldier: 76 wouldn’t fire his Helix Rocket at the same target twice. Custom Game: Fixed an issue where ‘Nearest Walkable Position’ would use a location in a spawn room instead of the specified location when the spawn room doors were closed. Tutorial: Weapon UI is now hidden until your weapon is available. Heroes
      Ana Anti-Heal will be cleared when Sombra uses her translocator to teleport.
        Sombra Translocator will now escape slippery surfaces more easily and not be able to be stuck to them. Fixed an issue where a material effect on Sombra’s hair would cause it to cast a shadow while invisible.
        Torbjörn Fixed a bug where Torbjörn’s turret was sometimes able to shoot through walls.
    • By Starym
      Here come the patch notes for today's update, featuring the already announced Anniversary event, but also bringing the biggest update to Overwatch in a long time to live servers - the Workshop has arrived! You can check out a detailed walkthrough for the new tool here.
      Baptiste and Hammond also receive some fixes to how their abilities interact with moving platforms and there's a whole lot of bug fixes as usual.
      May 21 (source)
      New Seasonal Event: Overwatch Anniversary 2019
      Celebrate Overwatch’s third anniversary with brand new items, including Legendary and Epic skins like Riot Police Brigitte, Academy D.Va, Carbon Fiber Doomfist, Honeydew Mei, Orbital Pharah, Gargoyle Winston, and many more! Did you miss any Overwatch festivities over the previous years? Don’t worry—you’ll be able to unlock items from past events using credits (or by opening Loot Boxes!) Relive the thrill of previous seasonal brawls in the Arcade, with a brawl of the day rotating throughout the Anniversary celebration. Thank you so much for playing Overwatch with us over the past three years! Your continued support and enthusiasm help drive us to keep creating. We look forward to celebrating with you in-game!
      Workshop
      We’re excited to share a new in-game feature called the Workshop! The Workshop greatly expands the game customization features available in the Game Browser by providing a simplified game scripting system. Enhance the Overwatch game modes you know and love with new game rules, new victory conditions, adjustments to the hero movement and abilities, and much more. Once you’ve designed an awesome new game mode, create a code to share it with your friends or the whole community*! To get started using the Workshop, see our Workshop blog post. We’re excited to see what you come up with! (* Codes created in China cannot be shared with the rest of the world. Codes created outside of China can’t be used by players in China.) Note that Workshop is a complex feature that we’re still iterating on, so we may need to adjust or turn it off as we work to improve it. Please post any questions or issues in the Workshop forum.
      HERO UPDATES
      Baptiste
        Immortality Field If it lands on a moving platform, it will move along with the platform
        Wrecking Ball

      Minefield If a mine lands on a moving platform, it will move along with the platform BUG FIXES
      Heroes
      Baptiste
      Fixed a bug where Immortality Field would become stuck under some objects Fixed a bug where Immortality Field would behave oddly when placed on a moving platform Fixed a bug where a healing grenade would appear in his Biotic Launcher when it is out of ammo Fixed a bug where the healing grenades from the Biotic Launcher wouldn’t hit teammates when deflected by Genji’s Deflect D.Va
      Fixed a bug where D.Va’s speed when using Boosters decreased dramatically when flying over some platforms Genji
      Fixed a bug where Genji couldn’t climb up certain pillars on the Havana map Hanzo
      Fixed a bug where Hanzo couldn’t climb up certain pillars on the Havana map Moira
      Fixed a bug with Moira’s Scientist skin where her lab coat would clip into itself while using the Erlenmeyer victory pose Orisa
      Fixed a bug where damage boosting from a teammate’s ability (such as Baptiste’s Amplification Matrix) would count towards Orisa’s damage amplified statistic when using Supercharger  
       
       
       
       
      KNOWN ISSUES
      Overwatch Anniversary
      Some event rewards (Skins, Icons, etc.) aren’t translated into Japanese. We’re working on finishing up these translations. We’ll add these translations in an upcoming release. Workshop
      The in-game link to the Workshop Forum will currently send you to the English, Chinese, or Korean forum, depending on your region. This will be fixed in an upcoming release. Workshop isn’t completely translated into Japanese. We’re working on finishing up the translations. We’ll add these translations in an upcoming release.
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