Even more balance changes have been made on the Overwatch PTR, this time particularly targeting Junkrat and Zarya.
Blizzard are currently working on one of the largest balance patches in the history of Overwatch. The current iteration of the Public Test Realm not only introduces a brand-new hero, Baptiste, but also makes balance updates to a massive two-thirds of the hero roster.
The patch originally hit the PTR on February 26, but Blizzard have continued to make changes as they get feedback, with several additional updates to the patch being made in the weeks since.
This time, the update targets Junkrat with a minor nerf to his Frag Launcher and ultimate charge speed, while adjusting the explosion radius of Zarya’s alternative fire to make it consistent regardless of energy. Baptiste also gets some quality-of-life adjustments.
Meanwhile, the patch also addresses a number of bugs, including one which caused Lúcio’s wall jump speed to be “lower than expected”, which may well account for the seemingly unintentional nerf to his individual mobility that a previous update caused.
The list of bug fixes also addresses some of the issues that have been identified with Baptiste, including the ability for his Immortality Field to be placed under a payload, and the ability to use it to remain alive while out-of-bounds.
Developer Comments: Since the recent increase of Frag Launcher’s damage output, Junkrat has been building his ultimate too quickly. We’re increasing the cost of his ultimate to balance this change with his increased damage-dealing capabilities.