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Overwatch heroes Junkrat and Mercy have been nerfed pretty heavily in the PTR.
Game Director Jeff Kaplan confirmed that changes came to the PTR in the afternoon. This was in response to a lengthy post on the official Overwatch forums discussing balancing issues with Junkrat and Mercy.
While there is no official patch note released yet, DBLTap was able to confirm a few major changes between the characters.
The duration of Mercy’s Valkyrie ultimate was changed from 20 seconds to 15 and it no longer reduces the cast time to zero seconds. She also no longer receives a bonus charge for her resurrect.
Junkrat received fall off damage to his Concussion Mine, meaning that it’s harder for him to pull off a bomb-mine combo for a kill.
It is unknown if there are any other changes coming with the new patch. We will update when the patch notes are released.
What do you think of the changes? Let us know in the comment section below.
The last patch came on December 14, 2017 before that year’s winter event. You can see the full patch notes below:
Fixed an issue that caused the game client to crash when certain visual effects were displayed
Fixed a bug in Competitive Play that sometimes caused incorrect time adjustments between subsequent rounds on hybrid maps
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Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Roadhog’s Chain Hook to miss targets from certain angles and distances Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn’s Forge Hammer from upgrading his turret when used at certain angles and distances
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