Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – January 7, 2019


(Tom Powers) #1

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – January 7, 2019

A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

HERO UPDATES

General

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

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 mostly noticeable on heroes that fire quickly or in a burst of shots (such as shotguns), and which do more than 6 damage per shot. For example, Soldier: 76’s Heavy Pulse Rifle will now do 16 damage per shot to armor, up from 14, an increase of 15%. Armor was a bit too strong overall, especially when being healed quickly and often. This change will help more heroes fight against higher armored enemies.

Brigitte

  • Rally
    • Now has a maximum duration of 30 seconds

Developer Comments: Sometimes Rally could cause a snowballing effect where it was too difficult to deal with the increased health of Brigitte’s allies before she built up another one. This change puts a cap on how long her Rally effect can last to make it a bit more manageable in those situations.

D.Va

  • Defense Matrix
    • Cooldown increased from 1 second to 2 seconds

Developer Comments: This change allows D.Va’s enemies to try to play around her Defense Matrix by increasing its downtime between uses.

Reaper

  • The Reaping
    • Life steal increased from 30% to 50% of damage dealt

Developer Comments: Reaper’s passive is one of the main tools he has which allow him to play aggressively when near his enemies. This change allows him to keep the pressure up as long as he can stay near his enemies enough to keep dealing damage. This change is particularly effective versus tanks, as they tend to do less damage than damage heroes, and also take more damage from his Hellfire Shotguns due to their larger hit volumes.


2 more brigitte nerfs
Armor nerfed, D.Va nerfed, Rally nerfed, Reaper buffed
R.I.P. Brigitte
We don't need another pharah-like (no buffs to reaper)
Armor nerfed, D.Va nerfed, Rally nerfed, Reaper buffed
Reaper buff is too much
:broken_heart: Bastion ISN’T being forgotten, he’s being ignored. (550+ Likes, 17,800+ Responses)
RIP D.VA and Brigitte
LGBT in Overwatch Mega(y)thread :rainbow_flag:
Everything is completely wrong with this patch
This PTR will balance out dps category
PTR Speculation time!
What now for Orisa?
Can someone explain this armor nerf?
Armor nerf = Tracer Buff
These PTR patchnotes are a middle-finger to tanks and Brigitte
Post your face while reading the forums today
Why was d.va nerfed?!
Please nerf defense matrix already
The armor nerf is not as bad as it sounds
Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – January 7, 2019
Gone for a day what happened
These PTR patchnotes are a middle-finger to tanks and Brigitte
Looking for a summury of nerfs and buffs
Will there be a Patch today?
Upcoming Changes (That Lead Into More Changes)
Why is Dva being nerfed AGAIN?
How Many of Y'all Are Planning on Watching OWL?
(Tom Powers) #2

(Tom Powers) #3

R.I.P Tanks, Brig, and Bastion 💔 This is unfair!
R.I.P Tanks, Brig, and Bastion 💔 This is unfair!