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Overwatch August 24 Experimental patch includes huge Support changes

Published: 24/Aug/2020 20:08

by Bill Cooney

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The latest Overwatch Experimental Mode patch includes a number of significant nerfs for Ana, Baptiste, and Moira, along with a bunch of other updates, so let’s take a look at what Blizzard is trying out.

Moira was the main focus of the August 18 Experimental notes, and it looks like devs aren’t done with her yet, as the August 24 patch continues to nerf the powerful healer.

DPS characters affected in this patch are Ashe, Junkrat, McCree, Pharah, Symmetra, and Widowmaker – and the changes mostly have to do with ammunition clip size and fire recovery time (how quickly you can shoot with a particular hero).

Pharah and Orisa also see minor updates as well, but the main focus for this patch definitely seems to be on nerfing Ana, Baptiste, and Moira, which is strange, considering the new “shieldless” meta we seem to be entering into.

Moira in her Halloween Overwatch skin
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Moira has been a controversial hero since her release and lately, she seems to be in the dev’s crosshairs.

To start out, the healing effects of Moira’s Biotic Grasp will now only stick around for two seconds on allies, instead of four, bringing the total healing down from 65 to just 35. This will greatly reduce the amount of healing she’s able to give to teammates.

Her healing per second has been increased slightly from 65 to 70 perhaps in an attempt to make up for the nerf to total healing time.

The healing resource she gains by damaging enemies is increased by 50% though, so you’ll be able to charge up quicker than ever before, but the rate of healing consumption has increased from 11 to 14.

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Baptiste hasn’t seen too many nerfs from Blizzard since he was released, until now.

Next up is Baptiste, who’s had the size of his healing grenade clip reduced from 12 to 10 grenades before he has to reload. His Regenerative Burst will also take a hit, only healing allies for 75 instead of 150. The hero himself still gets twice as much healing from the ability though, so at least it will help keep him alive at least.

Ana’s nerf is the simplest to go over, her ammo has simply been reduced from 14 down to 12, which cuts down on the amount of healing she’s able to put out before having to reload.

Like we mentioned, several DPS heroes along with Orisa and Zarya also see updates in the August 24 Experimental patch, and you can read all about them in the full patch notes below.


OVERWATCH EXPERIMENTAL PATCH NOTES – AUGUST 24, 2020

EXPERIMENTAL HERO UPDATES

The next experiment begins! This time we’re hoping to get your feedback on some balance updates that lean toward reducing some heroes’ damage and healing outputs. We’re using the 2-2-2 Role Queue ruleset so that you can get a feel for how these balance changes might affect the live game.

Armor

  • Beam-type damage reduction against Armor health pools increased from 20% to 30%
ANA
Biotic Rifle

General

  • Ammo reduced from 14 to 12
ASHE
The Viper

General

  • Max ammo reduced from 15 to 12

Secondary Fire

  • Aim-down sights damage reduced from 85 to 80
BAPTISTE
Biotic Launcher

Secondary Fire

  • Grenade ammo reduced from 12 to 10
Regenerative Burst
  • Total healing reduced from 150 to 75
  • Baptiste now receives twice as much healing from Regenerative Burst
JUNKRAT
Frag Launcher
  • Impact damage reduced from 50 to 40 (Total 130 to 120)
MCCREE
Peacekeeper

Primary Fire

  • Recovery increased from 0.42 to 0.50
MOIRA
Biotic Grasp

Healing

  • Lingering heal reduced from 4 seconds to 2 seconds (Total healing from 65 down to 35)
  • Healing per second increased from 65 to 70
  • Healing resource consumption rate increased from 11 to 14 (27%)

Damage

  • Attach angle reduced by 37%
  • Healing resource gain rate increased by 50%
ORISA
Halt!
  • Radius increased from 4 to 5
  • Projectile speed reduced from 30 to 25
PHARAH
Rocket Launcher
  • Recovery increased from 0.75 to 0.85
SYMMETRA
Photon Projector

Secondary Fire

  • Max damage reduced from 140 to 120
WIDOWMAKER
Widow’s Kiss

General

  • Max ammo increased from 30 to 35

Secondary Fire

  • Scoped ammo cost increased from 3 to 5
  • Scoped shots now have up to 50% damage falloff from 60-85 meters
ZARYA
Particle Cannon

Secondary Fire

  • Ammo cost increased from 20 to 25
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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.