Brigitte, McCree, Mei, Orisa, Pharah, and Soldier: 76 received changes in the latest Overwatch Public Test Realm update, which also included increased options colorblind customization, and the Torbjörn rework.


Brigitte had her shield health reduced from 600 to 500, and McCree's combat roll cooldown reduced to six seconds, from eight. Mei received updated visual effects for all her abilities, Orisa's Fusion Driver spread was reduced, and Soldier: 76's spread also got reduced.

Pharah's Concussive Blast cooldown was reduced from 12 to nine seconds, her attack speed was increased, the explosion damage on her rockets does 15 less damage, but the impact damage does 15 more, and her self-knockback range was increased while the explosion knockback was reduced.


Blizzard explained the idea behind the significant Pharah changes. 


"We wanted to increase how responsive Pharah’s rocket launcher felt. Having almost a full second of recovery between shots made it feel sluggish. To balance out the improved recovery time, we shifted some of the damage from the rocket's explosion to the direct impact damage. The overall damage potential is now increased when landing direct hits and decreased slightly when only dealing explosive damage. We reduced the amount of knockback each explosion causes, as they made it very difficult to aim at Pharah while rockets came in at a faster pace. The Concussive Blast cooldown reduction should allow the ability to sync up more closely with the Jump Jet cooldown when used for mobility."


The Torbjörn rework is now live for all Overwatch PTR players to enjoy!


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