Blizzard Introduces New Balance Changes to PTR

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In a forum post earlier today, principal designer Geoff Goodman announced some minor balance changes that would be added to the Overwatch Player Test Region. These changes included tweaks to Roadhog, Ana, and Sombra. The most major change of the three is a rework of Roadhog’s Chain Hook in line-of-sight situations. The changes make it “easier to hook someone who is …

Overwatch Patch – October 11th, 2016

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Blizzard released a new patch on October 11th, 2016. This patch features some small balance changes as well as a new PvE brawl mode and a new Halloween event. The balance changes were small, with slight changes to Ana, Widowmaker and Junkrat. Widowmaker recieved the most controversial change, with an increased speed for her shots to charge up. Widowmaker had …

New Overwatch Developer Update “Introducing Ana”

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Blizzard recently released a new Developer Update video, focusing on the patch that was released this Tuesday. Jeff Kaplan walked through the design of Ana, and then explained the reasons behind each of the balance changes. This video distills many of the discussion points that Jeff Kaplan and the other developers discussed with Ster last week. Kaplan discussed the design …

Overwatch Patch – July 19, 2016

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Today Blizzard released the newest patch for Overwatch, bringing with it the newest hero, Ana- a support sniper with a powerful selection of unique abilities. We at PDQ have already covered Ana, in detail, including our hero guides as well as our Ana first impression post. The new patch also includes changes to the Overtime mechanic, making the fuse “burn down” more quickly after 20 seconds …

Ana – First Impressions

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Ana is the first new hero added to Overwatch since launch, and she’s pretty sweet. I wanted to spend a little bit of time theory crafting, after playing her on the Player Test Region and watching some streams. Sniper/Healer The first and most unique element of her kit comes from her ability to either deal damage to enemies or heal …

Blizzard Developers Talk Ana and Balance on Ster’s Stream

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On July 13th, 2016, a group of Blizzard developers hopped into Overwatch to play the new Player Test Region patch with Ster, an Overwatch streamer. In the whole video, which runs almost two hours, the developers discuss different elements of Overwatch, Ana, and the new balance patch. The developers that Ster interviewed are: Tim Ford – lead gameplay programmer for Overwatch, …