Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan Comments on the Status of the Current PTR Patch - Dexerto

Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan Comments on the Status of the Current PTR Patch

Published: 14/Jun/2018 3:54 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 15:33

by Joe O'Brien


Jeff Kaplan has commented on the progress of the current Overwatch PTR patch’s transition to the live servers.

The Overwatch PTR build currently features many major changes and new features, but apparently isn’t quite ready to go to the live game.

The patch includes a major rework to Symmetra, a long-awaited overhaul designed to make her a more viable choice in the game than the current live iteration. The Horizon Lunar Colony map is also getting an update.

In addition, new social features are currently being tested on the PTR. The much-requested Looking for Group feature has finally appeared in-game, if not yet on the live servers, along with a new feature of Endorsements which is designed to encourage positive player behaviour.

Naturally, fans are keen to get their hands on these major new updates for real in the live servers, but it seems there’s still work to be done before they’re completely ready. In a post on the Blizzard forums, Kaplan confirmed that Blizzard is still ironing out the bugs in the current PTR patch.

“We’re still working out some issues from the PTR. We have bug fixes coming for LFG, Endorsements and Symmetra. So we’re not ready for that patch to go live yet. We appreciate the enthusiasm and we’re as excited as you all are for it to go live.”

Blizzard hasn’t yet given a more concrete timeline for the release of this update to the live servers, although with new content typically being released on Tuesdays it seems that players will have to wait another week at least.


Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton


Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

Overwatch Numbani gameplay
Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.