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Overwatch Jan 23 PTR Patch notes – Orisa, Sigma, Baptiste nerfed

Published: 24/Jan/2020 0:08 Updated: 24/Jan/2020 0:40

by Andrew Amos


A new patch for Overwatch has hit the Public Test Realm (PTR) on January 23, bringing nerfs to some of the game’s most oppressive heroes including Orisa, Sigma, and Baptiste, while helping up strugglers like McCree.

Overwatch’s meta has been dominated by double shield since the release of Sigma, however, that might be set to chance thanks to new changes introduced on the PTR on January 23.

Three major components of the meta composition have been heavily nerfed, including Hero 31 and tank partner Orisa, as well as oppressive healer Baptiste, and currently-favored DPS Reaper.

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McCree was the only hero to receive buffs on the January 23 PTR patch.

Almost every part of Sigma’s kit has been targeted in the latest PTR patch. His primary fire length has been shortened, giving him less long range threat. His Accretion also does 20 less damage, down to 40 from 60, making him less of a burst threat in close range as well.

However, the biggest changes hit his ultimate, Gravitic Flux. The powerful ability has plagued Overwatch team compositions who even dare to group up, but now there will be more counterplay open for enemies.

Sigma can now be interrupted before enemies fall, giving the opposing team a chance to try and avoid the damage even if they don’t have movement abilities. A well-timed Ana sleep dart will end the ultimate early, putting Sigma’s team in a tricky spot if he ults recklessly.

The slow duration on landing has also been cut from 0.9 seconds to 0.6 seconds.

Sigma in Overwatch
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Sigma received huge nerfs to his ultimate, Gravitic Flux, on the January 23 PTR patch.

Combined with nerfs to Orisa’s Halt, only snaring enemies for 0.65 seconds instead of a whole second, it will be a lot harder to execute the duo’s bread-and-butter combo.

Baptiste’s Biotic Launcher beared the brunt of his nerfs, with the weapon now doing less damage and less healing overall. The recovery time between his burst-fire damage has been increased, while the radius on his healing orbs has been decreased, putting an emphasis on accuracy.

McCree was the only hero to receive buffs on the January 23 patch. His health was increased up to 250, and while the recovery time on his primary fire was also upped to 0.5 seconds from 0.42, firing his Deadeye will no longer lock his aim, giving him a bit more freedom to move around.

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McCree was the only hero to receive buffs on the January 23 PTR patch.

Jeff Kaplan stated in a forum post on January 22 that the Overwatch team will be focusing on “frequent balance chances” in 2020, and they’ve come right out of the gates with a huge patch to shake up the meta.

The changes are currently only available on the PTR, and are subject to change before coming to live in the upcoming Patch 1.45 release.

You can find the full patch notes below.


Overwatch January 23 PTR Patch Notes


Storm Arrows

  • Damage reduced from 70 to 60



  • Base health increased from 200 to 250

Peacekeeper (Primary Fire)

  • Recovery time increased from 0.42 to 0.5 seconds


  • Firing Deadeye no longer locks the player’s aim


The Reaping (Passive)

  • Healing amount reduced from 40% to 30% of damage dealt


Fusion Driver (Primary Fire)

  • Damage reduced from 11 to 9


  • Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds


  • Snare duration reduced from 1 to 0.65 seconds


Hyperspheres (Primary Fire)

  • Range reduced from 22 to 20 meters

Gravitic Flux

  • Can now be interrupted before targets begin falling
  • Impact slow duration reduced from 0.9 to 0.6 seconds


  • Explosion damage reduced from 60 to 40


Biotic Launcher (Primary Fire)

  • Recovery time increased from 0.36 to 0.45 sec

Biotic Launcher (Secondary Fire)

  • Heal explosion reduced from 60 to 50

Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

Overwatch loot box drop rates
Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.