Could the latest Overwatch PTR update hint at details of the next new hero? - Dexerto

Could the latest Overwatch PTR update hint at details of the next new hero?

Published: 31/Jan/2019 11:32 Updated: 31/Jan/2019 11:36

by Joe O'Brien


The recent changes on the Overwatch PTR could hint at a new mechanic being introduced with an upcoming hero.

The latest PTR patch features changes to the way health, armor and shields work. Some heroes have shielding that will automatically regenerate as part of their base “effective health pool” for instance, while other types of shielding and armor can be added temporarily on top by other abilities.

Going forward, the latter, non-recoverable type will always be targeted by damage first. Previously, armor could sit underneath recoverable shields, meaning that if enemies didn’t burn through those recoverable shields first then the “temporary” boost to a hero’s health pool could persist for a much longer time.

Overwatch player u/caldoran2 made a useful graphic to help visualize exactly how this change looks in-game.


What’s particularly interesting is the specification that “non-recoverable health” is included in the change. As of right now, there’s no such thing as “non-recoverable health” in Overwatch.

It seems very possible, therefore, that a future hero will be able to provide “non-recoverable health”, hence its explicit inclusion in the recent PTR update.

Non-recoverable health would presumably differ from the current options of health, shields, and armor by not mitigating incoming damage in any way, but also being immune to removal by the likes of Sombra’s EMP. It also presumably wouldn’t be replenished by healing in the way that base health is.

Based on the schedule that Blizzard have stuck to over the last couple of years, the game’s 30th hero should be arriving on the live servers near the end of March, with at least a few days of PTR testing beforehand and likely some clues in the weeks running up to the reveal.

Blizzard Entertainment“Echo” first appeared in the “Reunion” animated short that debuted at BlizzCon 2018.

Speculation about the next hero has of course already begun. Upon the reveal of Ashe as hero 29, many immediately assumed that the mysterious “Echo” – who also appeared in the “Reunion” animated short – was next in line.

Blizzard were quick to shut down these theories, however, stating that while Echo will be a hero at some point, she won’t be number 30. That leaves many fans falling back on old favorites such as the Junker Queen, ruler of Junkertown, or the rather compelling theory that Blizzard might be setting up Talon boss Antonio as a future hero.

As with Ashe, however, Blizzard have proven happy to drop new heroes with no prior hints or references, so it’s also very possible that the next hero could be an entirely new character once again.


Overwatch pro Super returns on Jimmy Fallon: When to watch

Published: 22/Oct/2020 12:17

by Lauren Bergin


OWL star Matthew “Super” DeLisi has been added as a guest on the show for the second time, linking up with popular presenter Jimmy Fallon. 

The Overwatch League is full of shining personalities, but it’s safe to say that the captain of reigning back-to-back champions San Francisco Shock is one of the league’s boldest and brightest.

The 20-year-old main tank player has certainly won the hearts of OWL fans, not only because his plays are the definition of brilliance, but because in every interview he features in his enthusiasm for the game is infectious.

This is likely why Jimmy Fallon has elected to bring back the OWL star for the 26 October episode of the classic American talkshow, The Tonight Show.

San Francisco Shock champs
Robert Paul/Blizzard Entertainment
Super is the enigmatic captain of back-to-back OWL champions San Francisco Shock.

This isn’t Super’s first time on The Tonight Show

Back in 2019 Super made his inaugural television appearance alongside former Overwatch flex player turned Valorant star Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won. Both players provided America’s viewers with insight into how the esports world works, discussing their rigorous schedules and sharing how many hours they sink into the game.

Super’s guest appearance on the show coincided with the team’s 2019 victory over the Vancouver Titans in the OWL finals, therefore it makes a lot of sense that Super has been asked to return to the show following a dominant performance over Seoul Dynasty.

When to watch and why

It’s nice to see esports becoming more prominent in mainstream media, so it’s worth tuning in to support the growth of esports, as well as learn a little bit about Overwatch as well. Super certainly knows the game inside out.

You can tune in to watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm ET on NBC on Monday, 26 October to see Super alongside superstars Sterling K. Brown and Zoe Lister-Jones.