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Patch Notes - 14th June 2016 - Overwatch

First post-launch balancing patch now live in all regions.

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A new Overwatch patch has just gone live, bringing with it the nerfs to McCree and Widowmaker that we've reported recently. There are also a handful of bug fixes now in place.

Here are all of the changes you need to know about:

Hero Balance Changes

McCree

Peacekeeper

Alternate Fire

  • Recovery time (i.e. the amount of time before McCree starts reloading) decreased from 0.75 seconds to 0.3 seconds
  • Bullet damage decreased from 70 to 45

Developer Comments: McCree was performing too well against all targets, making him feel like a must-pick in many situations. By reducing the damage of his alternate fire, McCree is now significantly weaker against tanks like Roadhog and Reinhardt, but still maintains his lethality against smaller targets like Tracer and Genji.

Widowmaker

Widow’s Kiss

Alternate Fire (Scoped Shot)

  • Base damage decreased from 15 to 12
  • Note: Scoped shot damage multiplier remains unchanged
  • Headshot damage multiplier increased from 2x to 2.5x
  • Players must now wait for the unscoping animation to completely finish before scoping

Infra-Sight

  • Ultimate cost increased by 10%

Developer Comments: In the right hands, Widowmaker can often feel unstoppable - even when just landing body shots instead of critical heads shots. The changes to her alternate fire weaken body shot damage while leaving her headshot damage unchanged. Additionally, we felt her Ultimate ability, Infra-Sight, was coming up a little too frequently, especially considering its impact on the game.

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Bug Fixes

General

  • Improved stability of the High Bandwidth option in Custom Games

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to gain Ultimate charge whenever damage boosting an ally who was attacking a barrier or Ice Wall
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations on a certain maps

Maps

  • Fixed an issue with collision on certain areas of Dorado not blocking line of sight

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