Overwatch’s PTR Changes Mercy…Again.

Bliz­zard made more changes to Over­watch’s PTR and it appears they were most­ly aimed at Mer­cy. How­ev­er, they did tweak anoth­er hero, and fix some bugs. It’s not the largest Over­watch PTR update, but it affects Mer­cy in some sig­nif­i­cant ways.

Mer­cy’s Res­ur­rect cast­ing time has now been increased from no time to 1.75 sec­onds, in an attempt to give play­ers ample time to counter her abil­i­ty. They also reduced her move­ment speed by 75% while cast­ing this abil­i­ty, severe­ly low­er­ing her movement.

Below are the full patch notes for the PTR, includ­ing a small update for Ana and some bug fixes:

Over­watch PTR Patch Notes — Nov 1st, 2017

Hero Updates


  • Biot­ic Rifle 
    • Dam­age increased from 60 to 70

Devel­op­er Com­ment: Ana has been out­shined by oth­er sup­port heroes late­ly. Boost­ing her dam­age will help her defend her­self and make her more threat­en­ing to the ene­my team.


  • Res­ur­rect
    • Cast time increased from 0 sec­onds to 1.75 seconds
    • Mercy’s move­ment speed is now reduced by 75% while casting
    • an now be inter­rupt­ed when Mer­cy is knocked back, stunned, or hacked
  • Valkyrie
    • When acti­vat­ed, Res­ur­rec­tion no longer has a cast time

Devel­op­er Com­ment: We feel that Mercy’s recent rework has been suc­cess­ful, but her Res­ur­rect abil­i­ty still feels too strong and frus­trat­ing to play against. Now that it has a cast time, there is more room for ene­mies to counter the abil­i­ty. How­ev­er, cast­ing Res­ur­rect hap­pens instant­ly when Valkyrie is active. This should make her feel pow­er­ful when she trans­forms on the battlefield.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed sev­er­al issues that pre­vent­ed the announc­er voice lines from play­ing cor­rect­ly in Com­pet­i­tive, Elim­i­na­tion, and Cap­ture the Flag game modes
  • Fixed an issue caus­ing Roadhog’s Chain Hook to latch on to ene­my play­ers for longer than intended

As a reminder, PTR is for PC play­ers only, and typ­i­cal­ly marks what changes will be brought to the con­sole ver­sions of Over­watch.

Source: Bliz­zard

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