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Lunar New Year Event and Patch Notes: Jan 24th

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Here comes the latest event, featuring new cosmetics and some major changes to how Armor works in general, lowering its damage reduction from 5 to 3. The event itself brings new skins, emotes and highlight intros, but more importantly it brings back the Capture the Flag game mode on Busan!

Blizzard LogoLunar New Year (source)

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Get ready to ring in the Year of the Pig!

We're celebrating the 2019 Lunar New Year with new seasonal items, including the legendary skins Lü Bu Reaper, Guan Yu Reinhardt, Zhuge Liang Zenyatta, Hong Gildong Tracer, Zhang Fei Torbjörn, and Huang Zhong Hanzo. Through February 18, items from previous Lunar New Year events will be available to unlock for a discounted credit price. This year, we're also adding a festive Capture the Flag version of the Busan map, and kicking off a second season of Competitive Capture the Flag!

CAPTURE THE FLAG

In Capture the Flag, each team attempts to secure the enemy flag and return it to their base, while preventing the opposing team from doing the same. Determined players can try Competitive Capture the Flag, which includes placement matches, leaderboards, and Competitive Points.

And here's the new skins:

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For last year's skins and the new highlight intros and emotes, you can check out the official event page right here.


And on the patch notes side, in addition to the already mentioned Armor changes, we're also getting another Brigitte nerf, this time to Rally, D.Va's Defensive Matrix also gets hit with its cooldown being doubled, while Reaper gets his lifesteal buffed from 30% to 50%. The rest of the patch is the usual bug fixes as well as competitive play and map fixes.

But first, here's the patch rundown in quick gfycat form by itsjieyang:

 

Blizzard LogoJanuary 24 (source)

HERO UPDATES

General

Developer Comments: Before this change, armor reduced all incoming damage by up to 5, maxing at half of the normal amount. This change reduces the damage reduction to 3, while still capping at half. This change will be most noticeable for heroes who fire quickly or in bursts, such as shotguns, and do more than 6 damage per shot. For example, Soldier: 76’s Heavy Pulse Rifle will now do 16 damage per shot to armored opponents, up from 14 (an increase close to 15%).

Armor was a bit too strong overall, especially when heroes were being healed quickly and often. This change will help more heroes fight against higher-armored enemies.

  • Damage reduction from armor reduced from -5 to -3

 

Brigitte

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Developer Comments: Sometimes Rally could cause a snowballing effect, making it too difficult to deal with the increased health of Brigitte’s allies before she built up another one. This change limits how long Rally’s effect lasts after its initial cast, to make it a bit more manageable in those situations.

Rally
  • Now has a maximum duration of 30 seconds

D.Va

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Developer Comments: This change allows D.Va’s enemies to play around her Defense Matrix by increasing its downtime between uses.
Defense Matrix
  • Cooldown increased from 1 second to 2 seconds

Reaper

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Developer Comments Reaper’s passive enables him to play aggressively when near enemies. This change allows him to keep the pressure up while he’s dishing damage to his enemies. The added life steal is particularly effective against tanks, as they tend to do less damage than other heroes, and also take more damage from his Hellfire Shotguns due to their larger hit volumes.
The Reaping
  • Life steal increased from 30% to 50% of damage dealt

BUG FIXES

Heroes

General

  • [PS4/XB1] Fixed a bug that caused a delay for heroes loading into the victory screen line up if they had a golden weapon equipped

McCree

  • [PS4/XB1] Fixed a bug that caused McCree's model to distort if he used Combat Roll to the right with the Sherlock skin equipped

Tracer

  • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s Pulse Bomb to detonate on the wrong side of Orisa’s Protective Barrier when it was placed on the front

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Wrecking Ball’s proximity mines from being disabled by Sombra’s EMP
  • [PS4/XB1] Fixed a bug that caused Wrecking Ball's golden weapon to display incorrectly when using certain skins

 

 

 

 

 

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug in Competitive Play that prevented the team color on the payload progress bar from switching after a round transition

 

Maps

Nepal

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to capture or contest the point from its exterior on Nepal’s Shrine stage

Previous live patch notes.

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