Secret Overwatch PTR change massively buffs Symmetra - Dexerto
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Secret Overwatch PTR change massively buffs Symmetra

Published: 10/Jan/2020 17:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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The January 9 Overwatch PTR patch brought a series of nerfs to Baptiste, Mei and Hanzo, a buff to D.va 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.

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

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.