The PTR has received an adjustment with the release of the latest Overwatch update. Now that the buffs are out for Mercy, Reaper, Symmetra, and Roadhog as part of the November 13 update along with bug fixes and stability improvements, it’s time for the introduction of new testing material.
Blizzard has revealed the changes hitting the PTR and they include a nerf to Brigitte, a buff to Bastion, and several other hero changes.
Bastion will not have an increased magazine size when in Recon formation with ammo being increased to 35, up from the current 25. In addition, during Sentry mode, the weapon spread has been drastically decreased with a maximum of 33%.
Shield bash was the target of Brigitte’s adjustments with the stunning ability no longer penetrating barriers. This move is made in order to allow shields tanks better able to protect themselves and their teammates. Brigitte has been a hot topic with players, many of which believe she is far too powerful and it is unclear if this one change will be enough to calm the masses.
Other heroes receiving adjustments include Doomfist, McCree, andTorbjörn. As with most updates, a couple bug fixes and stability improvements have been added as well.
You can find the full patch notes below or here:
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.
Developer Comments:Since launch, we’ve supported Dolby Atmos for players who use headphones, and we’re now expanding this support to include the Windows 10 implementation for spatial audio. Spatial audio is configured in the Windows 10 sound settings and will take priority over the settings in the game client. This will allow for more options, including settings for Windows Sonic Headphones, Dolby Atmos for Headphones, and Dolby Atmos for Home Theater.
Developer Comments:Bastion could use a little bit of an offensive boost to balance out how vulnerable Configuration: Recon’s bulky size and Sentry’s stationary nature make it. To address this, we increased the ammo he receives in Recon mode and gave Bastion a lower spread in Sentry mode to make it more effective at farther ranges than it was previously.
Developer Comments:Brigitte’s Shield Bash is a strong ability that often feels difficult to counter. This change will offer new options for counter play, enabling shield tanks to better protect themselves and their teammates.
Developer Comments:Doomfist’s high mobility allows him to engage and disengage from extremely long ranges. Decreasing the range of his targeted aerial version of Seismic Slam requires him to get closer before engaging an enemy and makes it slightly harder for him to escape from combat. The loss of air control on Rising Uppercut was a frustrating mechanic for players, but it allowed Doomfist to set up combos. We’ve found a decent middle ground by limiting the time Doomfist has to line up his next move.
Developer Comments:McCree’s Fan the Hammer wasn’t as reliable of an option against higher health heroes as it should be. Increasing its damage will make it more potent in close-range engagements where it is intended to be most effective.
Developer Comments:While the Molten Core damage pools were intended to provide players with tools for area denial, they weren’t proving threatening enough to deter enemies for a significant amount of time because their damage was too low.