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Overwatch Public Test Realm Hero Changes Detailed

From IGN - February 14, 2018
By Hope Corrigan

The newest hero changes coming to Overwatch's Public Test Realm have been detailed.

In the latest developer update video, game director Jeff Kaplan explains that an error made during the main game's latest patch meant that some heroes received changes which were not yet ready for release.

Instead, they were meant to roll out in an update to be tested on the game's public test realm server, which is out now and includes balance changes to heroes Mei, Doomfist, and Sombra.

Mei has been buffed with her freeze duration going from 1 second to 1.5, and a few extra shots have been added to her secondary icicle fire. Doomfist's ammo recovery to his hand canon has also increased.

Sombra receives some of the biggest changes with her ultimate no longer charging through use of her hacked health packs. Instead, her weapon damage will now be responsible for charging her EMP so changes have been made to her gun to help with this.

Hacking health packs to build up her EMP is something frequently used in Lunar Colony maps in leaguematches - which have just finished Stage 1 playoffs - so if these changes do get pushed through to the main game we could see some follow-on changes there.

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