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Overwatch players stunned by major McCree PTR buff

Published: 24/May/2019 9:40 Updated: 24/May/2019 10:37

by Joe O'Brien


The latest update to the Overwatch PTR came with a significant buff to McCree designed to make the hero more competitive again.

Overwatch players have been stunned by how big a difference the latest Public Test Realm (PTR) update makes to McCree’s effective rate of fire.


McCree has been through several iterations in terms of power and relevance. In the earliest days of the game, his Fan the Hammer alternate-fire ability was so powerful that McCree was used as if he had a shotgun rather than a precision revolver, although that was set right fairly quickly by Blizzard.

While McCree has had periods of success since then – particularly on certain maps or, at the professional level, in the hands of certain players like Kim ‘Pine’ Do-hyeon – but lately he has been somewhat overshadowed.


In order to improve McCree’s viability without making him excessively powerful, the latest PTR patch features a reduction in his recovery time between each shot, meaning players can now fire faster while remaining accurate.

Blizzard EntertainmentNot all McCree players are totally happy with the change.

This change is designed to improve McCree’s effective output while still requiring players to hit the same number of shots, and not otherwise adjusting his kit.



  • Primary fire recovery reduced from 0.5 seconds to 0.4 seconds.

Developer Comments: On average, McCree’s damage output wasn’t quite making up for the relatively low mobility or utility in his kit. Reducing his weapon’s recovery time improves the potential damage output without affecting the number of successful shots to kill an enemy.

While a 0.1-second reduction in recovery time might not sound a lot, in practice the result is very noticeable.

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Even Pine himself, perhaps the most iconic McCree player after his break-out performances with the hero in Overwatch League Season One earned him the nickname “Big Boss Pine”, was amazed by the change.

While the change is undoubtedly a buff to McCree, some players have complained that the manner of the buff isn’t ideal for long-time McCree players, as it means relearning the shot timings that they had previously honed.


Nevertheless, while it’s possible that Blizzard could make further changes to McCree before sending them to the live servers, if this change does go live it seems very likely that McCree will see a significant boost in his play rate.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.