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Overwatch devs reveal hidden Genji Deflect change in PTR update

Published: 25/Jun/2020 19:41 Updated: 25/Jun/2020 19:44

by Michael Gwilliam


Genji’s Deflect received a hidden change on the Overwatch PTR in a new update according to the game’s developers.

The cyborg ninja hero has received quite a few buffs recently to his projectiles, and also his Deflect ability. The two major changes now let him cancel its animation at will. Previously, this was only possible by wall climbing or activating Dragon Blade.

The other significant upgrade came to Deflect’s duration. A buff on June 16 saw it increase from 1.5 seconds all the way to 2. However, it also came with a bit of a bug.

In a post on the official Overwatch forums, user HarleKing explained how the Deflect sound effect didn’t last the full two seconds and was the same as before.

Genji activates Dragon Blade
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Genji has been getting a lot of love from the devs recently.

As a result, players who time their shots when they can no longer hear the Deflect effect were having their attacks reflected back into their faces because the ability was still active.

“How are we suppose to learn the new duration if the sound queue is .5 seconds shorter than the actual ability?” the upset player asked.

In Overwatch, timing can be everything and even the slightest mistake, such as firing a shot a fraction of a second too early can have extreme consequences.

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Genji’s Deflect was buffed from 1.5 to 2 seconds.

Deflect is one such ability that can really punish over-eager players looking to score quick eliminations by having their attacks and even Ultimates used against them.

Luckily, it seems like the developers were aware of this bug and fixed it, though the change wasn’t included in the PTR patch notes.

“We have a fix for this issue in 1.50, currently in PTR. Give it a try and let us know how it goes,” replied developer Matt Whited.

A developer discusses Genji changes
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The devs have confirmed Genji’s Deflect was changed.

There’s no telling when the PTR change will hit the live servers, but hopefully it’s combined with a patch that includes the new Experimental Mode changes to Brigitte, Ashe and D.va.

Still, it’s good to know for players that Genji Deflect bugs are being worked on and should be fixed shortly.


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.