The latest Overwatch hero added to the servers is Baptiste, a support that will gladly assist the team with a very wide smile! But Baptiste isn’t the only one coming to the game. If you have not checked the patch notes, then you had better do it before playing Overwatch. The changes are major, and game-changing!
Overwatch PATCH NOTES
Armor: armor reduces by 20% any beam-type damage, armor no longer mitigates dot effects. The developer explains that the changes will make the damage “more consistent and predictable.”
Winston gets a small nerf to the primary fire when it hits an enemy’s armor.
Damage Boost will be applied as the projective is fired, not when it hits the target.
Knockback gets tweaked – the distance is more consistent, and flying creatures can be knocked back and slowed, for a “more fluid, realistic gameplay.”
Sounds were added to hits: landing a hit while damage boosted has a new sound, landing a hit and not damaging the enemy has a new sound.
Overwatch HERO UPDATES
Ana’s Nano Boost – Heal reduced to 250 (from 300)
Reaper’s Reaping – healing reduced to 40% (from 50%) when dealing damage
Zarya’s Particle Cannon will have the Alternative Fire explosion radius of 2 meters, irrespective of the energy level
Doomfist’s Rising Uppercut and Seismic Slam cooldown now 6 s (instead of 7s)
Hanzo’s Sonic Arrow detection radius now 9m (instead of 7)
Moira’s Biotic Grasp gets an increase in healing over time to 4s (instead of 3s), total healing now 65 (from 50)
Orisa – Fusion Driver gets less movement speed penalty when firing – 30% (instead of 50%)
Pharah’s minimum explosion damage of the Rocket Launcher is now 20 (from 16.5)
Soldier: 76 – Pulse Rifle damage is now 20 (from 19), Sprint gets a smaller delay for firing a weapon – .3s (instead of .5s), Tactical Visor can target RIP-Tire and Immortality Field
Sombra’s Hack cooldown reduced to half when hacking a health pack, new visuals to clearly show she has hacked something.
Symmetra’s Photon Projector will have a 20% faster primary fire damage.
Junkrat, Lúcio, McCree, Mei, Torbjörn, Widowmaker, Wrecking Ball, and Zenyatta are getting balanced. You can check out the full patch notes in Blizzard’s patch note release, which contains all the details about the balancing, bug fixes, and more.
One thing is true, the GOATS team comp is still a good option, but considering the new tweaks that were introduced with the latest update, maybe other compositions will be viable. With Baptiste coming to the game, maybe we’ll see things change in Overwatch!
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