Overwatch April 6 patch buffs Pharah and Ashe, nerfs Mei & more - Dexerto

Overwatch April 6 patch buffs Pharah and Ashe, nerfs Mei & more

Published: 6/Apr/2020 23:13

by Bill Cooney


A new patch has been taken live in Overwatch that brings the updates from last week’s Experimental card update into the live game. 

The patch is basically a carbon copy of what was introduced in the April 1 Experimental mode patch, with a nice buff for Ashe players, nerfs for Reinhardt, Mei, and more updates.

Apparently, developers decided that a week was long enough for the changes to marinate in the quasi-PTR mode and brought them to the main game with a patch on April 6.

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Ashe players will see some nice buffs in the latest Overwatch update.

Ashe sees the magazine size of her Viper Rifle increased from 12 to 15 rounds, along with the maximum spread of unscoped shots going from four to six.

Players will also find it quicker to shoot unscoped after looking through the sights with the patch, and the ability to reload much quicker following a focused shot.

Pharah’s also getting a pretty significant buff, which is actually a revert of a previous nerf developers handed to her.

The direct impact damage from her rockets has been reduced from 55 to 40, but, the explosion, or AOE damage, is increased from 65 to 80 – letting players rely less on precise aiming.

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Pharah rockets will deal significantly more AOE damage after the update.

Genji’s gets a buff to his secondary fire cooldown, which launches three shurikens at once, and is reduced from 0.75 to 0.65, which means he can spam it even quicker now.

Reinhardt’s nerf is also relatively simple, his passive ability that prevents knockback is reduced from 50% reduction to just 30%, which means he’ll fly a little farther.

Unfortunately for Mei players, the April 1 update was a dark omen for their favorite hero, as her ammo pool has been reduced from 200 to just 120 in the main game now.

However, the ammo cost for her secondary fire icicles has been reduced from 20 to 10, so while you’ll still be able to deal damage with those, the amount of enemies she can freeze on one clip has been drastically reduced.

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Pictured: Mei players reading the April 6 patch notes.

It seems we were right on the money when we predicted the Experimental changes would last around a week before heading into the main game, but at this point there’s no sign when we might see more updates tested out with the mode.

The full, April 6 patch notes are listed below:

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – April 6, 2020

A new patch is now live on Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.



The Viper

  • Magazine size increased from 12 to 15
  • Shots no longer queue up the next shot if pressed slightly before recovery has finished
  • Unscoped shots to reach maximum spread increased from 4 to 6
  • Unscoped shots can now be fired much more quickly after firing a scoped shot
  • You can now start reloading much more quickly after firing a scoped shot


Shuriken (Secondary Fire)

  • Recovery lowered from 0.75 to 0.65 seconds


Endothermic Blaster (Primary Fire)

  • Maximum ammo reduced from 200 to 120

Endothermic Blaster (Secondary Fire)

  • Ammo cost reduced from 20 to 10


Rocket Launcher

  • Explosion damage increased from 65 to 80
  • Impact damage decreased from 55 to 40



  • Steadfast passive knockback resistance reduced from 50% to 30%




  • Fixed a bug that caused Ashe’s unscoped fire to become unusable
  • Fixed a bug that caused Ashe’s weapon to appear incorrectly in the Kill Feed

Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.