Quality of Life Improvements and Bug Fixes in New Overwatch PTR Update – Full Patch Notes - Dexerto

Quality of Life Improvements and Bug Fixes in New Overwatch PTR Update – Full Patch Notes

Published: 31/Aug/2018 10:05

by Joe O'Brien


The latest update to the Overwatch PTR has arrived.

Unlike the major content patches that come at the beginning of a PTR cycle, this update doesn’t bring significant new features, but does address some of the more minor issues that affect player experience.

The most prominent feature of the current iteration of the PTR is Busan, the new control map that was announced and released for testing alongside D.Va’s new animated short, “Shooting Star”. This update doesn’t make any adjustments to Busan, instead focusing largely on hero bugs.

The primary new feature of the patch is a visual update, adding outlines to friendly heroes through walls. The change should give players a better idea of where their team-mates are, a particularly valuable feature for games with less communication.

In addition, the patch brings some significant bug fixes, perhaps most notably to Roadhog’s notoriously troublesome Hook. The new update should prevent the hook from breaking off when it’s not supposed to. A series of fixes for Reinhardt are also included.

The full patch notes can be read below:



  • Added visual outlines to make allies visible through walls



Grappling Hook

  • Now retains momentum when used on environments or structures without a ledge (e.g. walls)



  • Fixed a bug that caused players to sometimes slip off railings



  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte to abruptly change directions when she stopped holding her Barrier Shield


  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Seismic Slam to cancel when using Symmetra’s teleporter


  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reinhardt to pin targets that were behind him when using Charge
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt to pin some targets when he turned during Charge
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reinhardt to use Earthshatter while standing on an enemy’s head
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt’s Earthshatter from sometimes hitting enemies standing on a payload
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt’s Earthshatter from traveling up certain inclines
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt to abruptly change directions when he stopped holding his Barrier Field


  • Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog’s Chain Hook to sometimes break after hitting an enemy


  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra from translocating to a moving platform when using her Translocator
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s Translocator from accurately indicating where Sombra would arrive when the ability was used


  • Fixed a bug that prevented Widowmaker’s Grappling Hook from connecting to some ledges

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed a bug that caused all enemies to use the same damage falloff calculation

Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam


Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.