Blizzard’s popular online-shooter Overwatch has received a new update, boosting the skills of some of the game’s heroes. This time around, the dice rolls in favour of Doomfist, Mei and Sombra, who each receive some buff-work.
Everybody’s favourite wall-squisher, Doomfist, has had the recovery rate on his (literal) firearm increased. This is expected to enable his rate-of-fire to work in better tandem with his bone-breaking combo attacks.
Ice-princess Mei has had her Freeze ability duration increased from 1 second to 1.5 seconds, to help her slow down nimbler characters such as Tracer and Genji. Mei’s alternate fire has also had an ammo cost reduction, allowing her to use it more often without fears of evaporating all of her Freeze potential.
Sombra has been the main beneficiary of the update, with the sneaky hacker seeing a bit of a rework. EMP can now travel through smaller objects, such as trees and road-signs. Hack has had its cast-time reduced from 0.8 to 0.65 seconds, it also affects some new abilities including Genji’s Cyber-Agility, Hanzo’s Wall-Climb, Parah’s Hover-Jets, both of Lucio’s boosts and Mercy’s Angelic Descent.
On top of that, Sombra’s aim has been tightened up, with her Uzi-spread reduced from 3 to 2.7. Best of all, Translocator duration has been increased by five seconds to 20 seconds. Finally her passive skill, Opportunist, now reveals enemy health bars once they dip beneath 100% (although they still cannot be located through obstacles until they drop beneath 50%. Quite right, too).
I love Sombra. I’m actually pretty good with her, but as any Sombra player will tell you, you can get so much shit at the start of a round for choosing her. Hopefully these new boosts will make people respect the wily diva a little more, or at least prevent them from kicking me at the character select screen.
In addition to the hero buffs, the Blizzard World map has had its health packs relocated and some sound bugs fixed. Full details on the new update can be found at the link below.
Overwatch receives update 220.127.116.11 [Official Site]