Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Overwatch: Archives is now live. Also, new balance patch. Here's (almost) everything.

You're gonna' want to start updating your copy of Overwatch as soon as possible, because this update is huuuge in terms of download size.  It's like 14 gigs or more, depending on your platform, and PSN being what it is, some people are reporting download ETAs of 12+ hours.  Annnywho...

Here's every new skin in the event:

It's been confirmed - the equalizers on Lucio's legs, here, are animated.  Which is awesome.

This is definitely the sexiest Reaper.  His hair is lookin' pretty fabulous.

PajaMei is the only skin this event I'm truly hyped for.  I want Moira, Hanzo, Lucio and Sombra, but Mei is happening tonight - and I barely play Mei any more.  I don't care - I need this in my life. 

Elsewhere, we got three pretty great new highlight intros, one excellent one for Orisa, one for Doomfist and one awesome one for Zarya.  

Now, I know what'cher thinkin'... 


What about Tracer?  Where's Tracer's new highlight intro that's not gummed up by a seasonal event's seasonal-ness like her (Lunar New Year) Lion Dance or (Summer Games) Hurdles?  Where's Tracer's new skin that throws her in casual or fancy dress wear?  

Nowhere to be seen, that's where!  And y'know why?  Because Tracer already has more skins and highlight intros than any hero in the game, but I don't care, it's still a kick in the bells!  A KICK IN THE BELLS, I say!

Also, finally, today's massive patch also includes a ton of balance changes, and Chris, if you're reading this, you are not gonna' like it. 


Here's a link to the full patch notes.  There are a ton of little bug fixes and such in there, and there's a new "avoid as teammate" option, but it's the balance changes we're interested in, here. 
Barrier Shield
  • An option to “Toggle Barrier” has been added under Options > Controls > Brigitte
Developer Comments: None, because they're cowards. 
Chance says?  If Brigitte actually goes live in competitive mode with her Shield Bash as-is, I'm gonna' be stunned.
Micro Missiles
  • Explosive damage reduced from 6 to 4
  • Impact damage reduced from 25 to 10
Developer Comments: D.Va’s burst potential is a bit too high, so we’re reducing the damage of her Micro Missiles and Boosters impact. Prior to this change, each missile dealt 3 impact damage and 6 explosive damage. We’re reducing explosive damage from 6 to 4 but leaving the impact damage the same, the net result being 21% damage reduction.
Chance Says?  Ohhh Chris, I'm sorry.  I'm not sorry D.Vas boosting into me won't be able to wreck me quite as easy, but this is a fairly massive nerf.  In Blizzard's defense, folks have been saying for months that D.Va's ability to safely dive on a squishy, rockets and fusion cannons firing, and definitely delete them is a bit too reliable.   A lot of support mains will be happy about this. 
Endothermic Blaster
  • Now pierces through enemies
Developer Comments: This change helps Mei combat multiple targets that are clumped up and makes it easier for her to keep freezing a specific target if another enemy gets in the way. This change also helps her ultimate more consistently freeze enemy targets, especially if they are near each other. Note: While her shots now pierce enemies, they still do not pierce barriers such as Reinhardt’s shield.
Chance says?  Sexy.  Not as sexy as Mei, but sexy nonetheless. 


Death Blossom
  • Reloads Hellfire Shotguns after use
Wraith Form
  • Move speed bonus increased from 25% to 50%
  • You can now cancel the ability by pressing the Shift or Primary Fire hotkey
Developer Comments: These changes help Reaper use Wraith Form more consistently as an escape, but they also open up new options, such as chasing down key targets.
Chance says?  This... might be a bit much.  This combined with the recent(ish) buff to Wraith Form that allowed it to reload Reaper's shotties, this potentially lets Reaper go without reloading for like eighteen seconds.  Dig this: eight shots, then Wraith Form, insta-cancel into another eight shots, Death Blossom, eight more shots, Wraith Form cancel into yet another eight shots.  

I don't know that Wraith needed the additional speed buff, but cancelling it seems pretty darned reasonable, to me, and makes it a far more versatile ability.  

Orb of Destruction
  • Secondary fire rate of fire reduced by 15%
Developer Comments: Zenyatta is meant to be able to deal a lot of damage, especially for a support, but his alternate fire burst damage was a bit too high. This change keeps the overall damage the same but lowers the DPS slightly and makes it harder to hit multiple shots at very long ranges.
Chance says?  (With a distinctly sarcastic tone) Thanks JJonak


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