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Overwatch Patch Notes - Competitive Play and bug fixes abound - Overwatch

Tweaks to the Sudden Death mechanic, bug fixes, penalty tweaks and more.

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The first patch for Overwatch's Competitive Play mode has been released by Blizzard, and will hit your Overwatch client next time you fire the game up. The update makes a number of tweaks to the Sudden Death mechanic across a variety of maps, fixes a number of outstanding bugs, and also includes a few changes to the leave penalty that features in Competitive Play.

Here's a quick snapshot of what's changed:


Competitive Play

The duration of Sudden Death has been adjusted across all maps from 1m45s to the following values:


  • Hanamura - 1m35s
  • Temple of Anubis - 1m30s
  • Volskaya Inudstries - 1m35s


  • Dorado - 1m30s
  • Route 66 - 1m35s
  • Watchpoint: Gibraltar - 1m35s


  • King's Row - 1m30s
  • Numbani - 1m50s
  • Note: Sudden Death duration is unchanged for Hollywood, which remains at 1m45s

Bug Fixes


  • Fixed a bug that prevented Overtime music from playing on Escort and Assault/Escort maps, if the payload was nearing the final checkpoint.
  • Fixed a bug where display settings weren't always saved after restarting the client.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the in-game UI to display incorrectly at 4k resolutions.
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes the wrong player level would appear in the Social menu.

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  • Fixed an issue with collision not blocking line of sight on certain areas of Nepal.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy's Caduceus Staff beam to disconnect from its target if the player a) quickly switched between healing and damage beams by holding down both mouse buttons and/or b) was facing away from the target at the time of the switch.
  • Fixed even more bugs that allowed Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations on certain maps.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston's melee attack during Primal Rage to inconsistently hit targets in range.
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes cause Zarya's alternate fire to scaled incorrectly with her damage boost modifier.

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that caused the "Top 500" icon to incorrectly display for certain players in various places throughout the game UI.
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused players' Skill Rating to display as "64" during placement matches.
  • Fixed an issue where if you left and rejoined an in-progress Competitive Play match, the game would still track the match as a loss in your placement match history and when determining the amount of Skill Rating you receive for completing a match even if your team won.
  • Note: You must be present for the conclusion of the match to be eligible for the win. If you leave a match and do not rejoin before it's over, it will count as a loss both in your placement match history and when calculating your Skill Rating adjustment.
  • Fixed an issue where you would still receive a Competitive Play "leave" penalty even if you rejoined a match and completed it.
  • Note: If you leave a single Competitive Play match more than 3 times, you will receive a Competitive Play "leave" penalty even if you complete the match.

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