Overwatch: August PTR Changes Part 2

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The second part of the August PTR changes brings character reworks, hero changes, and more bug fixes. These changes were added on August 24th, 2017.

 

Melee Feature

Quick melee has been improved to feel more consistent so now quick melee shouldn’t interrupt abilities and visa versa. Characters with quick movement abilities like Tracer’s Blink, Pharah’s Jet Boost or Winston’s Leap can work while quick melee is pressed. Ultimates will cancel all melees.

 

Hero adjustments

Hanzo

  • Hanzo’s projectile size has been lowered by 33%.

Soldier 76

  • His weapon spreads earlier but recovers the spread much more quickly. This change should improve his effectiveness when burst-firing his weapon, and allows players to be more accurate when they come back from max spread. Overall, he will be better at longer ranges.

Reinhardt

  • Barrier Field
    • Holding primary fire while Reinhardt’s shield is active allows you to rotate the camera.

 

Hero Rework/Additions

D.Va

  • Micro Missiles (New Ability)
    • D.Va fires a barrage of small rockets that detonate on impact, dealing damage in a limited radius around each explosion. (These can be fired while D.Va is using any other ability or firing her Fusion Cannons)
  • Defense Matrix
    • Defense Matrix’s resource meter drains twice as fast.
  • Boosters
    • Fusion Cannons and Micro Missiles can now be fired while flying

Mercy

  • Resurrect (formerly Mercy’s Ultimate ability)
    • Ability now targets a single player, instead of every player within a radius
    • Radius reduced to 5 meters
    • Ability cooldown is 30 seconds
    • Mercy is no longer granted invulnerability while Resurrect is active
  • Valkyrie (New Ultimate Ability)
    • Valkyrie unleashes the full power of Mercy’s Valkyrie Suit, enhancing her weapons and abilities for 20 seconds:
      • Caduceus Staff: Mercy’s healing and damage boost beams now affect all allies near the targeted teammate, and the staff’s effective range has been extended
      • Caduceus Blaster: Granted infinite ammo, while simultaneously increasing damage and fire rate
      • Guardian Angel: Increased range and movement speed
      • Resurrect: Cooldown is instantly reset when Valkyrie is activated and reduced to 10s after the initial cast (rez, ult, rez, rez is possible, though conditions must be perfect).
      • Hover: Mercy gains the ability to fly freely, at increased movement speed
      • Regeneration (Passive): No longer interrupted when Mercy takes damage

 

General Changes

  • Players will no longer see the Assemble Your Team screen at the beginning of a game when Respawn as a Random Hero is enabled.
  • Players who purposefully kill themselves in a game where Respawn as a Random Hero is enabled, will no longer respawn as a new hero. However, their Ultimate ability will reset and any equipment that’s been placed (i.e. Torbjörn’s turret) will despawn.
  • In games where Respawn as a Random Hero is enabled, players will no longer receive the same hero two consecutive times, unless Custom Game settings have restricted the hero pool to a single hero
  • The skull icons that indicate where teammates were killed throughout the map have been replaced with Hero Portrait icons (helps with Mercy’s new rework)
  • Third person camera view will now frame the action automatically when spectating or waiting to respawn

 

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from automatically joining Match Chat, even when the option was enabled
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving the Perfect Round indicator after an Elimination game if they received a temporary health boost from an ability (e.g. Lúcio’s Sound Barrier)
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused the heroes’ “sigh” voice line to play when respawning
  • Fixed a bug that interrupted the animation on Ana’s eye during the Beach Ball emote with her Captain Amari skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist from being knocked back when his Rocket Punch ability was being used
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to hit players through the taxi on King’s Row
  • Fixed a bug that caused a pair of pink fuzzy dice to mysteriously float onto the screen when viewing D.Va’s weapon in the Hero Gallery if her Cruiser skin was equipped
  • Fixed an issue that caused the golden tint of Junkrat’s weapon to appear dull when his Firework skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Ultimate to appear friendly (it failed to change from blue to red) after being reflected by Genji
  • Fixed a bug that prevented reflections from appearing on weapons while standing in certain areas on Ilios
  • Fixed a lighting issue that caused some items on the last point of Route 66 to take on a pinkish hue when players used low video settings
  • Fixed an issue that caused reflections to appear overly dark while players were standing in areas of The Cave Inn on Route 66
  • Fixed an issue that caused excessive camera zoom and flashing lights when players loaded into the tutorial map
  • Fixed a bug that prevented plated railings from being properly destroyed by weapons fire on Volskaya Industries

 

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