Secret Overwatch PTR change massively buffs Symmetra - Dexerto

Secret Overwatch PTR change massively buffs Symmetra

Published: 10/Jan/2020 17:45

by Michael Gwilliam


The January 9 Overwatch PTR patch brought a series of nerfs to Baptiste, Mei and Hanzo, a buff to and a very big secret buff to Symmetra.

While it wasn’t listed in the patch notes, the time it takes from Symmetra’s Teleporter to be deployed and operational appears to be instantaneous now.

On the live client, there is a bit of a wait between the Teleporter being placed and when Symmetra and/or her teammates could pass through it. Now, on the PTR, she could very well have the fastest movement ability in the entire game.

As showcased by Team Ireland GM Andrew Bohan, there is no delay whatsoever. It’s also possible that this undocumented change could in fact just be a bug that won’t make it to the live game.

It’s worth noting that if this buff does make it to the live client in a future patch, it will be available for Season 3 of the Overwatch League. The question is: will teams make use of it?

What are the benefits of this buff?

Any Symmetra main knows how to Turret bomb. By placing three turrets on the ground, Symmetra can place her Teleporter over them, sending the life-draining lasers into the enemy backline for serious damage.

Blizzard EntertainmentSymmetra may as well be using Instant Transmission.

With this buff to the ability’s speed, Symmetra’s turrets can be targeting the opposition before they can even react to the Teleporter getting placed down.

Additionally, any Sym who coordinates with her team can really reap the rewards for similar reasons. The fact that the enemy would have little time to react to the object getting placed can mean your whole team can drastically change positions in the blink of an eye.

Normally teams can react to the Teleporter can anticipate the play a Symmetra is trying to make, but now, it becomes a bit more difficult to deal with. For instance, on the live patch, a Hanzo could go through it and try to land a headshot on an enemy before teleporting back out. The opponents, however, would have time to react.

Blizzard EntertainmentCould Symmetra become meta with this buff?

Now, the Hanzo can get into the backline before the enemy can even turn around, confirm a kill and hop back out. There’s a lot of new possibilities that this change could lead to, but it really depends on whether or not this change was intentional.

So far, the developers haven’t addressed the change, but even if it is a bug, it’s possible the devs may consider it a welcome addition and decide to keep it in.

Symmetra mains should definitely be keeping a close eye on this one.


Best Overwatch tricks to dominate any hero as Tracer

Published: 18/Nov/2020 0:07

by Michael Gwilliam


Tracer has been one of the best Overwatch heroes for quite some time with a tremendously high skill ceiling. However, in 2020, the character has some new tools up her sleeve that players should really take advantage of, especially with Overwatch 2 in development.

In a new video by educational YouTuber Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan, Overwatch League pro and Tracer specialist Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz shared his best tips to battle each of the game’s heroes.

As a general tip, he advises that players learn map geometry to better navigate your way around to confirm frags. Remember, an earlier patch in 2020 made it so Tracer can Blink upwards onto ledges allowing for some vertical mobility.

Knowing where these spots are and traversing sneakily will reward your gameplay and make you a huge threat to any enemy backline.

Roadhog secondary primary fire on King's Row
Understanding Hog’s primary and secondary fire is key.

Moving onto individual matchups, one of the most interesting tips that Danteh has for facing a D.Va is to Recall a bit earlier when she uses Self-Destruct. While most guides suggest to do so right away, he advises to do so earlier so you have even more time to secure a kill onto her in Baby form.

Against Roadhog, aside from staying away from his Hook, understanding how his primary and secondary fire operates will pay dividends. If you can play around both distances, you’ll have a much easier time to farm Ultimate charge off of him.

If the enemy has a Sigma, it’s best to open up the engagement with Pulse Bomb so he doesn’t have time to use Kinetic Grasp and eat it. After that, you should be free to melee him to death or use primary fire to secure the kill.

When dealing with an Ashe or Widowmaker, this is where the map geometry really comes into play. Use your map knowledge to get near those hitscan heroes and go in for the kill, especially if they’re already scoped in.

Doomfist can be a massive pain for a lot of heroes, but not for Tracer. Because he’s so cooldown reliant, you can easily get away from his abilities. If you’re able to focus him every chance you get, he won’t be able to do much.

Thanks to Tracer’s range buff, she can easily stay out of range from McCree’s Flash Bang while pressuring him. Use this to your advantage to negate his best tool in the 1v1.

Tracer sticks Baptiste with Pulse Bomb
Don’t be afraid to just stick Baptiste.

For Pharah, she can be a bit tricky to deal with, but keep in mind that she is often run alongside a Mercy pocket, which means the other enemy support may not have peel if you can focus on them. Make us of this and pressure the enemy backline to render the Pharah pick useless.

Against Baptiste, a lot of players like to wait until he’s already used Immortality Field before going for a Pulse Bomb. However, Danteh doesn’t agree. If you can stick Baptiste, even if he gets lamp out, it will be destroyed by the Bomb and leave him with a mere 40 HP. Don’t be afraid to just go for it.

Tracer can be a very rewarding character to play when you know what you’re doing. Keep these tips in mind next time you Blink into battle and watch your SR rise as you climb the Overwatch ladder.