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Overwatch: PTR comparison reveals how big Doomfist nerf really is

Published: 26/Sep/2019 7:26 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 7:54

by Joe O'Brien


Direct comparisons between the Overwatch live servers and the Public Test Realm (PTR) show exactly how big a difference the latest PTR patch makes.

The September 24 patch for the PTR introduced a series of balance changes that targeted both the strongest heroes in the game, and some of those that have struggled to find their place in the current meta.

While such changes obviously have the potential to shake up the game, visualizing from the patch notes exactly what they mean in practice can be difficult.

Blizzard EntertainmentDoomfist was among the heroes nerfed in the latest PTR patch.

To make it clear exactly how significant the changes are, u/THE-WALRUS-KING has put together a side-by-side look at some of the most notable differences.

One of the more significant changes is a nerf to Doomfist, who has proven to be one of the top heroes in the DPS position since the introduction of role queue. The nerf sees the maximum charge-up time on his Rocket Punch increased from 1 to 1.4 seconds, a difference that is very noticeable in-game.

Quick comparison of the Doomfist nerf on the PTR from r/Overwatch

Meanwhile, Tracer – once a near permanent feature of Overwatch, but having fallen out of the meta significantly since the rise of GOATS in 2018 – has received a buff to her damage fall-off that makes it much easier for her to take down targets without needing to be at very close range.

Quick look at the tracer falloff buff 🙂 from r/Competitiveoverwatch

Another staple who has recently been superseded, D.Va also received a buff to her Defence Matrix. While the cooldown and total charge remains the same, the regeneration rate has been increased.

Dva matrix buff comparison 😀 from r/Overwatch

How much the patch will actually impact the game’s meta remains to be seen, however, and at the highest level at least it seems Houston Outlaws’ ‘Jake’ isn’t confident that much will change. He argues that the adjustments aren’t enough to challenge the dominant tanks, which have most commonly been Sigma and Orisa, and that the Doomfist nerf might even help further cement those tank picks.

Players on PC can try out the new patch on the PTR now, but those on other consoles – or who would simply prefer to spend their time in the live game – will have to wait to see how the adjustments play out.

While there’s no set schedule, balance patches typically spend about three weeks on the PTR before being pushed to the live server, and within that time it’s also possible that Blizzard could make further changes.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


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.