Junkertown Now Playable on Overwatch PTR; Mercy Ult And D.VA Missiles Nerfed

Shortly after bringing an update to the live client of Overwatch, Blizzard has also patched the game’s Public Test Region —  allowing players to finally try out the newest map, Junkertown.

Since it’s initial reveal at Gamescom last week, the new map has been met with plenty of anticipation from fans. Now that it is available for testing on the PTR, it likely won’t be too long until it is released to the live client of the game on both PC and consoles — potentially as short as a week from now.

In addition to this new inclusion, it has been discovered that character balances have been delivered to both reworks of heroes Mercy as well as D.VA. While neither build has been implemented outside of the PTR yet, Blizzard is introducing changes to both characters early to hopefully iron out even more kinks. The details can be viewed below.



Micro Missiles (New Ability)

D.Va fires a barrage of small rockets that detonate on impact, dealing damage in a limited radius around each explosion. These can be fired while D.Va is using any other ability or firing her Fusion Cannons

[8/29 UPDATE] Damage has been reduced by 25%

Defense Matrix

Defense Matrix’s resource meter will now deplete twice as quickly


Fusion Cannons can now be fired while flying


Resurrect (formerly Mercy’s Ultimate ability)

Ability now targets a single player, instead of every player within a radius

Radius reduced to 5 meters

Ability cooldown is 30 seconds

Mercy is no longer granted invulnerability while Resurrect is active

Valkyrie (New Ultimate Ability)

Valkyrie unleashes the full power of Mercy’s Valkyrie Suit, enhancing her weapons and abilities for 20 seconds:

Caduceus Staff: Mercy’s healing and damage boost beams now affect all allies near the targeted teammate, and the staff’s effective range has been extended

[8/29 UPDATE] No longer gains an increased fire rate or damage boost

Caduceus Blaster: Granted infinite ammo, while simultaneously increasing damage and fire rate

Guardian Angel: Increased range and movement speed

Resurrect: Cooldown is instantly reset when Valkyrie is activated and reduced to 10s after the initial cast

Hover: Mercy gains the ability to fly freely, at increased movement speed

[8/29 UPDATE] Flight speed decreased to 9 (formerly 11)

Regeneration (Passive): No longer interrupted when Mercy takes damage

As stated, the live client of Overwatch also received an update earlier today, finally adding Deathmatch mode variants to the Arcade playlist. We reported on this mode when it was first announced earlier this month, as well as the changes brought to Junkrat, Roadhog, Widowmaker, and Orisa that are now on the live client.

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