The latest update to the Overwatch Public Test Realm (PTR) made a long-requested change to the kill feed.
In addition to several hero balance updates, the latest PTR patch also added a kill feed notice for when D.Va’s defense matrix denies enemy ultimate abilities.
D.Va’s defense matrix can be one of the most important abilities in the game. Managing to nullify a massive enemy ultimate, such as Zarya’s Graviton surge, might very well be the difference between victory and defeat.
In the past, however, such moments were often hidden. In the heat of an intense team fight, even the most experienced commentators and viewers might easily miss the split-second interaction that determined the outcome. In online matches too, it might very well be that most players never realize what occurred in their own game.
On the current PTR, however, catching an enemy ultimate with the defense matrix now clearly shows in the kill feed. Naturally, this only applies to ultimates that act as singular projectiles, such as the Graviton Surge, Hanzo’s Dragonstrike, or Tracer’s Pulse Bomb, which can be entirely denied by the defense matrix.
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With the kill feed update, however, comes another update that will make denying enemy ultimates harder for D.Va to pull off.
The update also includes a nerf to her defense matrix, increasing the cooldown from one second to two. Though it may not seem like a huge difference, in the frenetic pace of Overwatch it’s long enough to be significant, and opponents will now more accurately be able to time their ultimates while the ability is unavailable.