Overwatch PTR changes include Genji, Hanzo, Reaper buffs

06 May, 2017, 03:11 | Author: Randy Kelley
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The developer claims this was done due to the fact that the character was being chosen by players too much, though it remains to be seen how much a 1 point reduction will affect that.

Dataminers using the latest Overwatch patch notes and PTR update have determined that each character is set to get at least five new cosmetic items, while some have been picked out for even more. Of course, Overwatch uprising was the fifth event, following Chinese New Year, Winter Wonderland, Halloween Terror and the Summer Games, so a sixth event has to be referring to something new.

Based on the number of items each character is receiving, it's highly likely that Reaper, Tracer, Orisa, and Sombra will be getting new skins for the event.

Also recently, YouTuber "Hammeh" took a look through the recent PTR patch released for the game and discovered some things. Both brothers originally had the ability to run up walls with a short cool down before attacking. Orisa had her fusion driver damage reduced by 15% and her Protective Barrier cooldown reduced to eight seconds, Soldier: 76 had his bullet damage decreased from 20 to 19, and Reinhardt's Earthshatter ultimate is now less powerful across the board (mainly they nerfed its ability to get vertical). For instance, players now have the ability to disable secondary fire and secondary weapons all at once in the title's custom games.

Developer Comments: This is a quality of life change to make wall climbing feel better. While these changes may be debatable, it is worth noting that they are not final.

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Developer Comments: To help Orisa maintain the front line for her team, we're reducing the cooldown of her Protective Barrier.

Decreasing Hanzo's draw time gives him more overall DPS, while also letting him fully charge an arrow and more quickly return to full movement speed when needed. "This change also helps her reposition the barrier more easily when needed".

Reinhardt is getting a bit of a nerf, with the effective height of Earthshatter reduced from three meters to two meters. Earthshatter's "climbing" up objects has also been reduced.

However, it does not seem like this was Blizzard's main intention and fans might see more changes soon enough.


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