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Baptiste Is Coming Next Week + Big Q&A

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We just got word that Overwatch Hero 30 will be arriving on Live servers next Tuesday! The support/DOS hybrid has proven to be popular on the PTR and we also got a very in-depth Q&A session with the devs covering both his lore backstory and gameplay mechanics and balance.

The Q&A delved into a whole lot of detail over on the forums, with the lore section being really huge so we'll just be focusing on the gameplay related questions here. Head on over to the forums for the full q&a.

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Immortality field feels as powerful as an ultimate ability – why did you decide to make it a regular ability?

Geoff Goodman's reply

Geoff Goodman: The Immortality Field has many disadvantages compared to other support ultimates such as Transcendence and Sound Barrier. If a Baptiste player can work around these disadvantages they can potentially use this ability to even stop another team’s ultimate, which can be a huge advantage to his team. This is one of the things that makes Baptiste so exciting to play!

 

When will Baptiste be released on the live realm? And when will he join competitive play?

Geoff Goodman's reply

Geoff Goodman: Baptiste will be ready for the live servers within the next couple weeks. As with all new hero releases, there will be a one-week period after he is released before he is available for competitive play.

 

Can we get an official answer on Exo Boots not being affected by Hack/EMP on the PTR? It seems like it has to be a bug that it’s not hackable, as it’s incredibly inconsistent with Hack’s ‘rules of interactions’ with every other ability in game.

Josh Noh's reply

Josh Noh: This was indeed a bug and will be fixed by the time Baptiste is released.

Immortality field is very a strong and helpful skill. But I think health of the generator is little too high and cooldown is too short. How do you think about it?

Josh Noh's reply

Josh Noh: The Immortality Field can be destroyed very quickly when multiple enemies are focusing it as it only has 250 health and doesn’t move. If it does end up being too powerful we can always lower the health or increase the cooldown to a more reasonable amount.

 

I understand Baptiste’s ultimate is a double effect buff, but wouldn’t this mechanic be overpowered? For example, would certain abilities be able to one shot opponents while under Zenyatta’s or Lucio’s ultimate?

Josh Noh's reply

Josh Noh: The Amplification Matrix is a powerful ultimate that could potentially enable teammates to one shot an enemy. It does have its downsides too in that it only boosts projectiles, has a short duration, and holds a static position so enemies can simply avoid line of sight until the ultimate is over, making the timing of placing the Amplification Matrix very important. Sometimes it’s much stronger to use it for healing your allies!

 

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250 hp for a thing that gives invincibility and isn't even ultimate gated. Brigitte release level of broken.

I bet is the same dev that made Brigitte the one that invented that bullshit field.

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36 minutes ago, Hanz39 said:

250 hp for a thing that gives invincibility and isn't even ultimate gated. Brigitte release level of broken.

I bet is the same dev that made Brigitte the one that invented that bullshit field.

they also said Hammond would be OP

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