Overwatch

Overwatch July 1 Update Implements Experimental Hitscan Nerfs

Update Pushes Experimental Hitscan Nerfs
Update Pushes Experimental Hitscan Nerfs / Photo courtesy by Blizzard Entertainment

Patch Notes July 1 Update pushes out experimental hitscan nerfs. Blizzard has been experimenting with different changes to hitscan for quite some time and now they are going to make it public.

Update Pushes Experimental Hitscan Nerfs
Update Pushes Experimental Hitscan Nerfs / Photo courtesy by Blizzard Entertainment

Hitscan damage now scales to 30% at maximum falloff range, down from 50% for the following heroes:

  • Ashe
  • Baptiste
  • Bastion
  • McCree
  • Soldier 76
  • Widowmaker
  • Wrecking Ball

The live patch also reverts D.Va's Call Mech, reducing the Meka's impact radius from 3 to 2.5 meters. She can also no longer build her ultimate during a Self Destruct; only after it detonates. Some buff's in the new patch are:

  • Soldier 76: Damage falloff is disabled while Tactical Visor is active
  • Bastion: Weapon spread reduced from 1.5 to 1.2
  • Widowmaker: Damage falloff range increased from 60-85 to 70-100 meter

The developers explain, "This change may be difficult to notice immediately as it scales damage over a range slightly more than before, but it will lower the impact of hitscan damage outside of their intended optimal ranges." Hitscan heroes' weapons have fall off damage, which might help Pharah or Mercy dominate the skies once again with little struggle from an opposing team.