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Overwatch Anniversary Patch Buffs Genji and Hanzo, Nerfs Reinhardt and Orisa

The Overwatch Anniversary event commenced last night with the arrival of a new patch, featuring “interesting” changes to a number of heroes on the roster. Some are minor adjustments that players might not even notice, while others carry significance and will impact gameplay.

Genji can attack faster after finishing his wall-climb. The drawing time of Hanzo has been reduced for greater overall damage. Orisa now deals less damage but can put up her barrier quicker. Reaper gets his ammo entirely filled during form transition. Reinhardt can no longer climb tall objects as he moves along the ground. Solider: 76 does one less damage per bullet.

Hero Updates


  • Removed the attack delay from Genji’s wall climbing ability, allowing him to engage with enemies immediately after he finishes climbing


  • Removed the attack cooldown from Hanzo’s wall climbing ability, allowing him to engage with enemies immediately after he finishes climbing
  • Storm Bow
    • Increased charge speed by 10%
    • Charged arrows now maintain their charge after climbing a wall, provided the button is continuously held


  • Fusion Driver
    • Damage reduced by 9%
  • Protective Barrier
    • Cooldown reduced from 12 seconds to 8 seconds


  • Wraith Form
    • Ammo is now entirely refilled when Wraith Form is used


  • Earthshatter
    • Effective height has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters
    • The height threshold of objects that Earthshatter can “climb” has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters, making Earthshatter less likely to climb tall objects as it moves along the ground.

Soldier: 76

  • Heavy Pulse Rifle
    • Bullet damage decreased from 20 to 19

The complete patch notes can be read here.

The Overwatch Anniversary event will continue celebrating until June 12. There will be a free weekend for players to test-drive all twenty-four heroes in all fourteen maps across every game mode. Any progress made during the period will be transferred over if the player decides to purchase a copy afterwards.

The Overwatch Anniversary event also brings the new Game of the Year edition to the store. It includes the digital bonuses from the previous Overwatch: Origins Edition as well as ten free loot boxes. For a limited time, both editions have been discounted. Overwatch: Game of the Year edition is available for €39.99 while the standard edition for €19.99.