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Bastion and Brigitte changes go live on Overwatch PTR – Full November 14 patch notes

Published: 15/Nov/2018 0:37 Updated: 15/Nov/2018 0:38

by Bill Cooney

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The latest Overwatch PTR update came out on November 14 and includes major changes to Bastion and Brigitte, among others.

Players who have been clamoring for some kind of nerf to Brigitte appear to finally be getting their wish, as in the latest update she will no longer be able to stun heroes like Reinhardt or Orisa through their shields.

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Bastion gets some upgrades in the form of an increased clip in Recon mode and decreased weapon spread in Sentry mode.

There are also substantial changes to the distance Doomfist can cover with his Seismic Slam and a reduction to the damage dealt by Torbjörn’s recently introduced ultimate ability.

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Blizzard EntertainmentBrigitte can no longer stun through shields in the new PTR update.
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The full patch notes:

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – November 14, 2018

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.

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GENERAL UPDATES

Audio

  • [PC] An option to use Windows Spatial Audio is now available. This feature can be found in the Windows Start Menu under Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Speaker Device > Spatial Sound

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.

HERO UPDATES

Bastion

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  • Configuration: Recon
    • Ammo increased from 25 to 35
  • Configuration: Sentry
    • Weapon spread decreased by up to 33% while firing

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.

Brigitte

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  • Shield Bash
    • No longer can travel or stun targets through barriers

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.

Doomfist

  • Rising Uppercut
    • Loss of air control duration lowered to 0.6 seconds from 3 seconds
  • Seismic Slam
    • Maximum range reduced from 20 meters to 15 meters

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.

McCree

  • Peacekeeper
    • Alternate fire damage increased from 45 to 55

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.

Torbjörn

  • Molten Core
    • Damage increased from 130 to 160 per second

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.

BUG FIXES

Heroes

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented a landing exertion visual effect from playing when a hero impacted a slippery surface before landing
  • Fixed issues that could cause the client to miscalculate projectiles
  • Fixed an issue caused enemy players to appear to have jittery movement at framerates over 100

Ashe

  • Fixed a bug that caused Ashe’s Dynamite to create a second small explosion visual effect a few moments after the first explosion

Bastion

  • Fixed a bug that caused Bastion’s Tank mode treads to continue moving while stunned during Configuration: Tank
  • Fixed a bug that caused Bastion’s colored outline to include squares floating above him while in Configuration: Tank

D.Va

  • Fixed a bug with the Lying Around Highlight Intro that caused Cruiser D.Va’s hair to clip into the mech

McCree

  • Fixed a bug that caused McCree’s Deadeye’s animation and sound effects to play twice if it was canceled quickly

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt’s Earthshatter from traveling over certain terrain

Sombra

  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to hear the detect sound effect when entering stealth or teleporting

Symmetra

  • Fixed a bug that caused additional sound effects to play while viewing Symmetra’s Creation victory pose in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug with Symmetra’s teleporter where it would play its self-destruct sound effects when viewed in the Hero Gallery

Widowmaker

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Widowmaker’s Venom Mine to reveal enemy barriers through walls

Maps

Control

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Assemble Heroes countdown timer to remain at 29 seconds

UI

Colorblind Options

  • Fixed a bug that caused a player’s UI to appear as the enemy color during FFA Deathmatch games
  • Fixed a bug that prevented colorblind set team colors from appearing on the tab and victory screens
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Jeff Kaplan reveals his ideal competitive Overwatch meta

Published: 8/Oct/2020 3:13

by Theo Salaun

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Blizzard Entertainment’s Vice President and Overwatch’s beloved Game Director Jeff Kaplan has revealed what he thinks is the ideal competitive meta for the expansive title.

Overwatch exists in many forms, from its highest ranks to its lowest, but the game’s competitive meta at the professional level has also varied greatly since the original release back in May 2016. 

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In the olden days, teams prioritized dive compositions led by Winston’s jumps and Tracer’s blinks. Then, in 2019, fans around the world either groaned or cheered as the divisive GOATS meta took center-stage, featuring a hefty squad built entirely with tanks and supports. 

Now, Kaplan is explaining his perspective on the game’s ideal state, following criticisms he levied back in July against the game’s double-shield reliance. Examining the game’s departure from a static, Orisa and Sigma-dependent environment, he dissects his compository ideology. 

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Barriers have held an uncomfortably powerful role in Overwatch for a long time.

As discussed in an interview with the Loadout, Kaplan is both aware of the professional scene’s interests and the casual base’s tendencies. Coupling those factors, he believes the game is at its best when there is some blend of high skill caps and diverse team compositions.

“The most ideal, healthiest state of the game is when the meta is somewhat fluid, when the meta is more map dependent or team match up dependent than it is static. We’ve all seen those moments when the meta has been completely static and all six players will just play the same six heroes every time. I think that’s fun from a mastery standpoint, but I think it’s a lot more exciting for viewers when creativity and curiosity come into play,” he said.

When Kaplan refers to a “static” meta, the simplest example is 2019’s GOATS, where three healers (Brigitte, Lucio, and Moira) were coupled with three tanks (D.Va, Reinhardt, and Zarya) and would barrel into opponents.

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It took tremendous teamwork to be pulled off successfully against other professional teams, but many fans considered it more tedious than entertaining after months of gameplay.

In its current state, Overwatch is not completely balanced, but there is a degree of variety to it. That diversity seen in the Overwatch League spans downward into the casual ranks. Kaplan indicates that this is in line with his department’s hopes.

“I think most of our players would say in the ideal meta, all our heroes would be viable in some way competitively. I think as a competitive goal from a game designing and game balancing perspective that is extremely challenging, but it’s obviously what we strive to achieve.”

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While he assures that Overwatch would be completely balanced in an ideal world, in the meantime, his team would at least like to push toward a game that varies to some extent based on coaching, player preference, and map.

It remains to be seen if current and upcoming patches can accomplish that, but Kaplan’s emphasis on “fluidity” is a welcome driving force.

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