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Overwatch patch notes - McCree buffs and more hit the PTR

Overwatch has a new update available for the PTR right now

Overwatch’s latest patch notes have arrived, detailing the latest changes available on the game’s test server, the PTR. Included in the update, which is live now, is a buff to McCree and a nerf to Hanzo, among other changes.

McCree’s base health is being increased 50 points to 250 – however, the recovery time for his Peacekeeper primary fire is also going up, from 0.42 to 0.5 seconds. Hanzo, meanwhile, is getting a straight-up nerf: his Storm Arrows’ damage is reduced from 70 to 60.

Elsewhere, there are changes to Sigma’s Hyperspheres primary fire, which sees its range reduced from 22 metres to 20. Baptise is another to be nerfed thanks to a primary fire recovery time increase (0.36s to 0.45s) and a secondary fire heal explosion decrease (60 to 50). While the changes aren’t yet on standard live servers, they’ll likely go up in the near future, depending on how this test goes.  Blizzard is certainly aware of the need to move Overwatch’s meta forward, at any rate.

You can see the full list of patch notes below, via Blizzard.




Storm Arrows
  • Damage reduced from 70 to 60


  • Base health increased from 200 to 250
Peacekeeper (Primary Fire)
  • Recovery time increased from 0.42 to 0.5 seconds
  • Firing Deadeye no longer locks the player’s aim


The Reaping (Passive)
  • Healing amount reduced from 40% to 30% of damage dealt


Fusion Driver (Primary Fire)
  • Damage reduced from 11 to 9
  • Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds
  • Snare duration reduced from 1 to 0.65 seconds


Hyperspheres (Primary Fire)
  • Range reduced from 22 to 20 meters
Gravitic Flux
  • Can now be interrupted before targets begin falling
  • Impact slow duration reduced from 0.9 to 0.6 seconds
  • Explosion damage reduced from 60 to 40


Biotic Launcher (Primary Fire)
  • Recovery time increased from 0.36 to 0.45 sec
Biotic Launcher (Secondary Fire)
  • Heal explosion reduced from 60 to 50