A new set of balance changes just hit Overwatch PTR, and Zarya will most likely be in the meta once more

By Kurtis Chan on Jul 13, 2017

Along with the addition of new cosmetics for Doomfist, came a new set of balance changes in patch 1.13 in Overwatch PTR. If you are a Zarya or McCree main, this is the patch that you have been waiting for. Here are the heroes balance changes that will be coming to Overwatch soon.

Doomfist
Rocket Punch
Total distance traveled reduced by about 20% (This change has been on the PTR for a little while now)

Seismic Slam
Added a new UI indicator to show how much damage it will deal, and how much it dealt. Previously this was only indicated by the default crosshair filling in, but this is only visible when using the default crosshair. The new indicator should always be visible, regardless of any crosshair changes. Also, targeting this ability while in the air is now restricted to locations lower than your current height.

McCree
Flashbang
Now slows targets significantly when they are stunned. This makes them less likely to slide away around a corner or something similar once they are stunned.

Reaper
Shadow Step
VO and SFX distance dramatically reduced.

Reinhardt
Hammer
Swing speed increased by ~10%. On top of the swing speed increase, we've gone through and tweaked many timings and other things about the Hammer to make it more responsive. Overall it should feel a lot better to swing and make contact with enemies.

Charge
Impacting another charging hero (Doomfist or Reinhardt) no longer deals damage to both characters, but still causes a knockdown on both.

Zarya
Graviton Surge
Now disables all movement abilities of affect targets. This is similar to how Junkrat's trap affects abilities.

Zarya will most definitely surge up into the meta as no one can escape death after getting sucked in by her Graviton Surge unless you are lucky enough to survive it or a Mercy resurrects you. What do you think about these changes coming to the game soon?

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Assistant Editor at Gamehubs who is an e-Sports enthusiast (mainly on League of Legends and Overwatch). Still saving up for a PS4.....
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