Undocumented Overwatch PTR change buffs Mercy's ultimate - Dexerto

Undocumented Overwatch PTR change buffs Mercy’s ultimate

Published: 27/Feb/2019 12:06 Updated: 27/Feb/2019 12:14

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch players have noticed an undocumented buff to Mercy’s ultimate on the latest PTR patch.

Mercy has been one of the more contentious heroes in the history of Overwatch. She’s been through several rounds of reworks and heavy balance changes over the course of the game’s lifespan due to several periods in which she was considered the most powerful hero.

In recent months, however, she hasn’t been nearly as prevalent as she once was. Despite this, she wasn’t mentioned in the patch notes for the recent update to the Public Test Realm (PTR), which included a variety of balance changes for multiple heroes.

On the PTR itself, however, players have noticed a change that wasn’t included in the notes. During her ultimate ability, Valkyrie, Mercy now has the ability to fly around at normal speed while casting her Resurrect, rather than being significantly slowed as usually happens while using the ability.

On the PTR, Mercy is no longer slowed when she uses Resurrect during Valkyrie from r/Overwatch

In theory, Valkyrie is supposed to enhance all of Mercy’s abilities, and originally this included Resurrect, which had its cooldown reset upon using the ultimate. This aspect of Valkyrie was removed in Mercy’s last major balance adjustment, however, and no replacement buff for Resurrect was added to Valkyrie – until now, it seems.

The change is not an insignificant buff to Mercy’s Resurrect. Bringing a team-mate back to life in the middle of a fight is one of the most powerful abilities in the game, but it does normally come with the risk of being an easy target while using it.

BlizzardMercy’s Resurrect is one of the most powerful abilities in the game.

When Mercy is in Valkyrie, at least, this change should make her far more evasive, although players will now have to be a little more careful not to move out of range during the ability.

Some fans have pointed out that this could be an unintended side-effect of other updates affecting movement, such as the change to knock-backs which means that they no longer take into account the enemy’s direction to determine the size of the knock-back, and that flying characters – which would include Mercy in Valkyrie – can now be knocked back.

If this change is unintentional it’s possible it might not ever reach the live servers, but considering the generally positive initial response to the change Mercy fans should be hopeful that it will survive testing on the PTR.


Incredible Overwatch custom game lets you drive a ‘Lamborghini’

Published: 22/Jan/2021 5:21 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 5:34

by Brad Norton


An Overwatch racing game might not be all too far off now as a stylish new Workshop mode places heroes behind the wheel, allowing you to drive through any given map.

Driving a car is now possible in Overwatch thanks to the power of the Workshop. Players have modded their own custom vehicle into existence, allowing you to take it for a spin and drift through the game.

It’s not a simple trick that lets your hero move faster than usual. It’s a proper vehicle design that you can take control of and drive around. 

In fact, it’s modeled after the Lamborghini Aventador SV, giving you some style and some speed as you cruise through the world of Overwatch.

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Ever wanted to drive a Lambo? Now you can… in Overwatch.

“I’ve turned Overwatch into a Streetwatch,” GraczCourier’s Gaming revealed on January 21. While it might look a little different to what you had in mind, it functions better than perhaps any Workshop vehicle to date.

A collection of pipes and electricity effects bring the template of the car to life. Players have complete control over the direction of the Lambo, along with its speed as well.

You can drift around corners, activate nitrous, and even change the radio station while you’re in the driver’s seat. Not only that, but the custom mode appears to work across every map in the game.

This means you can boost through Hanamura, take in the sights of Blizzard World, or jet around London on King’s Row. Handling looks to be extremely precise as an accompanying video showcased just what’s possible with the Aventador in Overwatch.

While it’s a blast to drive around, there’s a unique challenge to it as well. How fast can you get through your favorite map? How long can you drift in one attempt? You and your teammates can put it all to the test.

The flashy Workshop mode is available for anyone to check out in-game now. Try it out for yourself with the following Workshop code: 4XQP4