Live Patch - Experimental Goes Live and Has Nerfs for Three Heroes

Last week’s Experimental patch went live this Thursday.

  • Echo - Ammo reduced from 15 to 12 and the duration of her Focusing Beam is reduced from 2.5 seconds down to 2. She was deemed to be performing too well against high health targets. This change is intended to still keep her potentially strong against non-tanks.
  • Tracer - The range for her damage falloff has been changed, mostly reduced. Damage falls off between 12-20 meters now instead of 13-23 meters. Developers say she was a bit more threatening at mid-range than intended.
  • Zenyatta - This Orb of Harmony (heal) and Orb of Discord move slower to their targets, and Discord’s damage amplification has been reduced from 30% to 25%. The orb movement now moves at the same speed as his primary fire, and it was felt the damage amplification is a bit too much with how quickly it can be applied and how much damage boost it provides.

(Full patch notes.)

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Miscellaneous

  • No word yet on when the Lunar New Year event will begin, but the holiday itself begins on Friday, February 12. I looked at past years and the in-game event has started anywhere from 4 to 12 days before the holiday. For three of the past four years, the Lunar New Year event has started on Thursday instead of Tuesday. What does this all mean? Your guess is as good as mine when we’ll see it.
  • YouTube announced this week that it’s going to experiment with allowing users to make clips of “select gaming” livestreams. (source) Between this and Call of Duty League viewers now being able to link their accounts to YouTube for in-game rewards (source), watching the Overwatch League on YouTube is approaching parity with the old Twitch experience. Is the OWL Pass far behind?
  • Seagull is taking a break from streaming for an indeterminate amount of time after feeling burnout and stress. He is not the first streamer, nor will it be the last, to go through this. When you’re streaming your hobby and always have to be on for an audience, it’s rough. (source)
  • Sideshow has a great analysis of the Dragons v. Fuel game up from the recent Nexus Cup. (video)
  • Vicarious Visions, the company most recently behind the re-release of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2, is no more as Activision Blizzard, their owner, has taken all of the development teams and integrated them into various Blizzard products. While not specifically Overwatch news, it’s not hard to imagine where many of them will be going to work on either Overwatch 2 or Diablo IV. (source)