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Overwatch Feb 6 PTR patch notes: massive Brigitte nerfs & Symmetra buffs

Published: 6/Feb/2020 20:05

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch patch hit the Public Test Realm on February 6 featuring some major nerfs to Brigitte and a sizable buff to Symmetra’s damage.

With Hero Pools scheduled to hit the live version of the game in Season 21, Blizzard promised more frequent balance changes in an attempt to radically alter the meta quickly.

In this PTR patch, three heroes were hit with nerfs: Wrecking Ball, Brigitte and Widowmaker. Meanwhile, Symmetra had her alternate fire damage increased from 120 to 140.

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Bad news, Ball mains. Hammond’s pile driver has been nerfed.

With this buff, Symmetra now has the highest damaging non-headshot projectile in the game. The second are Junkrat’s grenades, which deal 130 upon impact.

For Wrecking Ball, his pile driver ability has gotten a big nerf with players now gaining back control after half a second. Previously, players lost control for one second.

Brigitte’s over-heal from repair pack was changed from 75 armor to 50, which will make flankers a bit easier to kill when the repair pack is applied to them.

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Brigitte’s healing suffered a major blow.

With Overwatch League teams preparing for their season debuts on February 8, rumors are suggesting that Brigitte is very strong when paired alongside a Lucio and that teams have been running this combo in scrims. This could be why the developers have chosen to nerf the shield-based support a bit.

Of course, no nerf or buff is set in stone. As we saw recently, McCree’s health increase to 250 HP never hit the live servers after being tested on the PTR.

For fans of Brigitte, you can only hope that the same doesn’t happen to your hero, while the opposite can be said for Symmetra mains wanting to inflict even more damage on their adversaries.

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Widowmaker players will take a bit longer to fully charge their shots.

Here are the full February 6 patch notes:


Wrecking Ball


  • Loss of air control reduced from 1 second to 0.5 seconds


Repair Pack

  • Armor over-heal reduced from 75 armor to 50 armor
  • HPS decreased from 60 to 55


Photon Projector (Secondary Fire)

  • Damage increased from 120 to 140


Widow’s Kiss (Primary Fire)

  • Full charge time increased from 0.83 sec to 1 sec

New Overwatch Shield Bash tech makes Brigitte even more powerful

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch trick has just been discovered that could make Brigitte an even bigger threat on the battlefield than she already is.

Brigitte has been one of the game’s most controversial heroes since release thanks to her high levels of sustain, crowd control, armor, and healing. Despite multiple nerfs and reworks, she remains one of the best heroes in the right hands.

Now, players have found a completely new trick with her that is sure to make many players rage and call for nerfs to the Swedish shield maiden.

The trick, which was posted to a Korean YouTube account, shows that if Brigitte Shield Bashes at the exact same time she’s hit with an enemy’s attack that does knockback, she can travel far distances.

Shield Bash already has some slight movement advantages, but when combined with an enemy’s attack, she can torpedo across the map and even clear gaps that other heroes are unable to.

As you can see, when Brigitte gets hit in the back by Sigma’s Hyper Spheres, they do just enough knockback to allow the hero to use them to her advantage.

With this trick, Brigitte can even go from one side of Rialto’s bridge to the other in one swift movement, although it will take some getting used to if players want to pull it off in an actual game.

That said, enemy players could potentially use this to their own advantage, such as by hitting Brigitte with a melee attack right as she Shield Bashes.

In this clip by Overwatch streamer Aspen, she goes flying all over the map on Hollywood and had no idea why. As it turns out, it was because she was hit by a melee from a Tracer player just before bashing.

If timed right, this could cause Brigitte players to go flying off of maps with environmental hazards such as Nepal Sanctum.

Of course, with this new discovery, there also comes the possibility that Blizzard decides to patch it out. Only time will tell how the developers decide to handle it.