Overwatch March 5 update patch notes: Dva nerfed, Sombra buffed, more - Dexerto
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Overwatch March 5 update patch notes: Dva nerfed, Sombra buffed, more

Published: 5/Mar/2020 20:36

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch patch has gone live on PC, PS4, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch that’s added many whopping balance changes as part of the new Experimental Mode.

While not all of these changes may make it to the live version of the game, some have already been tested in the Public Test Realm such as Soldier 76’s reduced cooldown on Helix Rocket and D.va’s cooldown on her boosters being increased by one second.

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Some of the more unique buffs include making Ashe’s Ultimate B.O.B immune to Ana’s sleep, the damage on Orisa’s Fusion Driver increased by one, and Sombra’s primary fire spread decreased by 10%.

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Ana players can’t sleep B.O.B.

It will be interesting to see just how many of these changes end up being added to the competitive ruleset instead of just being used for testing in the Experimental Mode.

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The last Experimental Mode, Triple Damage, lasted about a week on the live client before being taken offline so it’s possible these changes could be moved to the standard game types by next week.

Sadly, with these changes still in the testing stages, players excited to try out these buffs and nerfs in competitive with Hero Pools will need to wait. As Dexerto previously reported, Season 21 went live earlier in the day and took Orisa, Hanzo, Mei and Baptiste out of commission for a week.

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Hero pools went live on March 5.

Overwatch March 5 update patch notes

Here are the full patch notes for this update, as provided by Blizzard in their latest forum post.

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EXPERIMENTAL MODE

The next experiment begins! This time we’re hoping to get your feedback on some balance updates. 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.

HERO UPDATES (ONLY IN EXPERIMENTAL)

Ashe

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B.O.B.

  • B.O.B. is now immune to Sleep

Baptiste

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Exo Boots

  • Charge time reduced from 1 to 0.7 seconds

Regenerative Burst

  • Cooldown lowered from 15 to 13 seconds
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Baptiste’s Exo Boots were nerfed.

D.Va

Boosters

  • Cooldown increased from 3 to 4 seconds

Mei

Ice Wall

  • Cooldown increased from 10 to 13 seconds

Orisa

Fusion Driver (Primary Fire)

  • Damage increased from 10 to 11

Sigma

Gravitic Flux

  • Ultimate cost reduced 10%
  • Flight speed increased 30%

Soldier: 76

Helix Rockets

  • Cooldown reduced from 8 to 6 seconds

Sombra

Machine Pistol (Primary Fire)

  • Spread decreased by 10%
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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.