Blizzard Is Working on a Fix For an Issue With New Overwatch Map Petra - Dexerto

Blizzard Is Working on a Fix For an Issue With New Overwatch Map Petra

Published: 30/May/2018 0:51 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 17:22

by Joe O'Brien


Blizzard is planning to adjust AFK warning timers for new Deathmatch map Petra.

The move comes after players have complained that due to the size of the new map they are occasionally getting AFK warnings for being out of combat for too long.

Petra is set in an archaeological site in Southern Jordan, setting players to battle amid the ruins of an ancient city. It features a number of unique gameplay elements, but while it’s clear that Blizzard spared no creativity in developing the map, it may have some issues in its use for Deathmatch.

Deathmatch is an eight-player free-for-all mode which thrives on fast, frenetic action. For all the thought that has clearly gone into Petra, it seems to suffer from perhaps having too much depth – fast-paced action often works best in smaller, simpler settings.

One consequence of the lulls in action that can occur for individual players is that the AFK warnings, which are designed to alert players who are inactive that they need to play before they’re removed from the game, are actually triggering for active players, simply because they can’t find anyone to fight.

Overwatch developer Bill Warnecke has confirmed in a recent post on the Overwatch forums that the team is working on fixing the issue.

“Hey folks, we appreciate the feedback on AFK timings for Petra. We’ve been looking into this and are planning an adjustment to the timing in an upcoming patch or hotfix. I don’t have an ETA, but I wanted to let you know that we’re on it.


Petra was added with the Overwatch Anniversary in-game event that is celebrating two years since the game’s release. It also features in the ranked Deathmatch mode that is ongoing throughout the event.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.