Overwatch Global Ultimate Cost and Hero Changes Go Live on PTR

Overwatch global ultimate cost and multiple hero changes went live Thursday on the Public Test Region.

Overwatch Global Ultimate Cost and Hero Changes Go Live on PTR

The Overwatch changes went live alongside the new role queue announcement. Ashe, Brigitte, Doomfist, Hanzo, Moira, Orisa, Reinhardt, Sombra, Symmetra, Tracer and Wrecking Ball all received changes in this PTR patch. Additionally, changes were made to all ultimates and slowing effects.

The full list of changes are as follows:


  • Global ultimate cost increased 12%
  • Slowing Effects: Instead of stacking together, friendly and enemy slowing effects are now separate and movement speed will be reduced by whichever is slower


  • Reload time per round decreased from 0.3 seconds to 0.25


Inspire (Passive)

  • Healing amount increased from 100 to 130
  • Self-healing from Inspire is now halved

Repair Pack

  • Now has three charges
  • Healing amount changed from 150 to 120
  • Now heals over two seconds instead of instantly
  • If you throw multiple packs at the same person, the current duration will be extended by two seconds

Whip Shot

  • Out-going velocity increased from 60 to 80
  • Retracting time reduced from 0.6 seconds to 0.3

Barrier Shield

  • Barrier health reduced from 500 to 200

Shield Bash

  • Stun duration reduced from 0.9 seconds to 0.75


  • Ultimate cost increased 10%


  • Quick melee no longer pauses ammo reload


  • Storm Arrows ammo reduced from six to five


  • Fade can now be used while stunned


  • Protective Barrier cooldown increased from eight to nine seconds


  • New Passive: Steadfast - Reduces knock back effects by 30%


  • Hack duration on enemy players reduced from six to five seconds
  • EMP activation time increased from 0.5 seconds to 0.65



  • Now lasts an infinite duration until destroyed
  • Players can destroy their Teleporter with the ability 2 input
  • Cooldown now starts when Teleporter is destroyed
  • Cooldown increased from 12 seconds to 15
  • Maximum range increased from 25 meters to 30
  • Teleporter breaks if the entrance is more than 40 meters from the exit
  • Teleport re-use time increased from 1 second to 1.5


  • Pulse Bomb damage increased from 300 to 350

Wrecking Ball


  • Increased projectile speed from 10 to 13, causing the mines to spread out more. This makes it easier to create a wider minefield, especially from high in the air
  • Reduced the activation time from 0.25 seconds to 0.1

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