Overwatch’s New PTR Update Brings A Big Change

Bliz­zard has released an update for the PC-Only Pub­lic Test Realm, tweak­ing Zarya, Reaper, McCree, Rein­hardt and Doom­fist.  The Gravi­ton Surge, Zarya’s ulti­mate abil­i­ty. It now dis­ables all move­ment abil­i­ties of the ene­mies caught in it, Much like Junkrat’s trap.

Char­ac­ters like Trac­er will not be able to tele­port out of it, which makes The Gravi­ton Surge far more effec­tive. Here is a run down of all the char­ac­ter changes.


  • Rock­et Punch: Total dis­tance trav­eled reduced by about 20% (This change has been on the PTR for a lit­tle while now)
  • Seis­mic Slam: Added a new UI indi­ca­tor to show how much dam­age it will deal, and how much it dealt. Pre­vi­ous­ly this was only indi­cat­ed by the default crosshair fill­ing in, but this is only vis­i­ble when using the default crosshair. The new indi­ca­tor should always be vis­i­ble, regard­less of any crosshair changes. Also, tar­get­ing this abil­i­ty while in the air is now restrict­ed to loca­tions low­er than your cur­rent height


  • Flash­bang: Now slows tar­gets sig­nif­i­cant­ly when they are stunned. This makes them less like­ly to slide away around a cor­ner or some­thing sim­i­lar once they are stunned


  • Shad­ow Step: VO and SFX dis­tance dra­mat­i­cal­ly reduced


  • Ham­mer: Swing speed increased by ~10%. On top of the swing speed increase, we’ve gone through and tweaked many tim­ings and oth­er things about the Ham­mer to make it more respon­sive. Over­all it should feel a lot bet­ter to swing and make con­tact with enemies.
  • Charge: Impact­ing anoth­er charg­ing hero (Doom­fist or Rein­hardt) no longer deals dam­age to both char­ac­ters, but still caus­es a knock­down on both


  • Gravi­ton Surge: Now dis­ables all move­ment abil­i­ties of affect tar­gets. This is sim­i­lar to how Junkrat’s trap affects abilities.

All of these changes are still in test­ing on the PTR, so none of them are avail­able in the con­sole ver­sions or in nor­mal game play for now. They are exper­i­men­tal and can be changed or removed all together. 

Any­one excit­ed to try these new char­ac­ter tweaks? What tweaks should be made to Overwatch?

Source: GameSpot

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