Overwatch Update Patch Notes

The Mercy nerf has finally hit. Is Overwatch safe to play again? Patch Notes (January 30th)

The latest Overwatch update finally brings the long-awaited nerfs to Mercy and Junkrat to the game’s main servers. Rejoice this glorious day by reading the full patch notes below:

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Concussion Mine

Now will deal less damage to targets farther away from the explosion’s center

Developer Comments: Junkrat has been enjoying the flexibility his double-charge Concussion Mine provides, but it has become a bit too easy to throw out huge bursts of damage in a large area. With this change, he can still dish out similar damage but he must now be more accurate with his tosses.


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No longer instantly resets Resurrect’s cooldownNo longer grants a bonus Resurrect chargeThe speed bonus Guardian Angel receives when activating Valkyrie has been decreased by 50%Duration reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds

Developer Comments: Mercy’s recent Resurrect changes have helped in allowing enemies to have more counter play in dealing with her, but she was able to use Resurrect through Valkyrie enough to largely mitigate the impact of the previous changes. Additionally, we’re toning back the amount of mobility Valkyrie provides through Guardian Angel and reducing its duration to overall reduce the power of this ability.



Fixed a bug that prevented D.Va’s face and hair textures from loading when her Black Cat skin was equipped

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The latest Overwatch patch – officially referred to as Patch – has finally arrived. 

As expected, this is the patch that finally adds the new Blizzard World map to the game’s main servers. First revealed at BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard World is an amusement park that incorporates elements from nearly every single Blizzard game released to date. It is brimming with Easter Eggs – trying to identify them all will take you quite a bit of time – and might just be the most visually impressive thing the Overwatch team has ever created. 

If you’re not interested in the cosmetics, then you should still know that Blizzard World is a hybrid map that requires you to capture the payload before escorting it to its destination. The map is available via Overwatch‘s Quick Play, Custom Match, and Arcade modes, but will not be added to the competitive rotation until the start of Overwatch‘s ninth competitive season. 

This update also adds a variety of new skins, sprays, emotes, highlights, and other cosmetics to the game’s base pool of unlockables. This means you’ll be able to earn them from standard loot boxes and that they will not be removed at a certain date like the cosmetics from other Overwatch events. They are also available for the standard in-game prices.

Here’s the full list of patch notes for this latest update:

New Assault/Escort Map: Blizzard World

Relive where you took your first steps in Azeroth, where you confronted the Lord of Terror, and where you spawned your first zerg rush—all of these epic memories come together on Overwatch’s newest Assault/Escort hybrid map, Blizzard World! This theme park brings the magic of Blizzard’s many worlds into one place so your most epic memories can come to life as you attack and defend the payload across Azeroth, Tristram, and the Koprulu Sector.

The Blizzard World map will be disabled in Competitive Play until the start of Season 9. It will be available in Quick Play and Custom Games starting today.

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Cosmetics Update

Starting now, loot boxes have been infused with over 100 cosmetics inspired by Blizzard World, Overwatch animated shorts, and more! Collect new legendary skins, including: Barbarian Zarya, Black Cat D.Va, Crusader Reinhardt, Ecopoint: Antarctica Mei, Kabuki Hanzo, and emotes such as Mercy’s Parasol, Sombra’s Marioneta, and Tracer’s Bomb Spin. Additionally, players will discover new highlight intros like Bastion’s Reconfigure, Soldier: 76’s Lights Out, Winston’s Roll, and many more.


General Fixed a bug that caused weapon accuracy on the career profile to be displayed as 100%

Heroes Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s Concussive Mine and Steel Trap to disappear if he placed them before using RIP-Tire