Baptiste Nerfed in Overwatch PTR Patch

Baptiste received nerfs in Thursday's Overwatch PTR patch
Baptiste received nerfs in Thursday's Overwatch PTR patch | Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard nerfed Baptiste's Immortality Field and Amplification Matrix on Thursday in the game's latest Public Test Region update.

Immortality Field now lasts for a maximum of five seconds, down from eight before the patch. It also has an increased cooldown of 25 seconds, up from 20. Amplification Matrix now costs 20% more to activate, increasing the average time to charge substantially.

The changes, particularly those targeting Immortality Field, aim to mollify a contingent of Overwatch players who complained the ability had proven too effective at cancelling out the efforts of DPS players.

Game director Jeff Kaplan hinted at Thursday's changes Tuesday in response to a Reddit thread lamenting Immortality Field's pervasiveness. Kaplan didn't describe how nerfs would ultimately appear, saying only the team was working to make the ability "less oppressive." He mentioned play tests for the changes took place that day.

Baptiste's nerfs arrive alongside nerfs for Mei, Orisa, Hanzo and Doomfist, plus one buff for D.Va.