Watchpoint Radio #19: Buffs, Nerfs, and Eichenwalde. Life on the PTR!
Season 1 is complete and Summer Games is done. The live Overwatch servers are looking a bit bland these days. If you don’t feel like waiting around for the next two weeks and are feeling a bit adventurous, the PTR may be able to scratch that Overwatch itch for new content and competitive play.
We had a chance to hop on the PTR and check out what we can look forward to in Competitive Mode Season 2. The tier system is just a dressed up version of last season’s ranking system, but the changes made to how the competitive maps are played are really shaking up the game. Sudden Death, and by extension coin flip), is gone. You would barely notice, however, since most games are settled before you would even reach that point. Adding Time Bank to Assault maps and tweaking the system overall appears to have made Competitive Mode much more competitive.
Lots of buffs and nerfs are heading to live servers soon. Some were needed like Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord nerf, while others left us confused (*cough Hanzo speed increase? *cough). Also, large hitboxes are back for projectiles. Why? Eichenwalde, just announced last week, is now playable on the PTR. To be honest, we’re not liking it too much. There has been talk of how defenders seem subpar recently… Not if you play Eichenwalde. We’re going to need to have a discussion about this. We talk Eichenwalde, The Last Bastion, and more on this episode of Watchpoint Radio.