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Overwatch PTR Update Gives Reaper New Passive, Nerfs Roadhog, Buffs McCree

The Public Test Region (PTR) of Overwatch was updated last night with several significant adjustments for three heroes on the roster.

The passive ability of Reaper has been revamped to remove health orbs. He now regains a percentage of all damage done to targets as health instead. According to the developer, the change was necessary because the passive relied too much on advantageous situations. Reaper will now get immediate benefits from his passive, especially when fighting healthy foes.


The Reaping (Passive)

  • Removed health orbs.
  • Now regains 20% of all damage done to heroes as health.

Roadhog has been addressed yet again. The burst damage values from his Scrap Gun have been reduced significantly. In return, he gets increased firing rate and a larger clip size. The developer has confirmed that the reduction in power will only affect his hook-and-blast combo. The alternate fire burst will roughly do the same amount of damage.

The head hit-box of Roadhog has also been reduced. This should curb the unnecessary headshots that the hero has been enduring to for quite a while.


Head hit-box size reduced by 20%

Scrap Gun

  • Bullet damage decreased by 33%.
  • Fire rate increased by 30%.
  • Clip size increased from 4 to 5.

The ultimate ability of McCree can dish out a lot of damage if it is able to build it up in the first place. The amount of time before targets are locked has been reduced. In addition, the amount of damage accumulated for the final draw has been increased. This should help McCree take down more foes than before.



  • Targets now begin locking on after 0.2 seconds, instead of 0.8 seconds.
  • Damage accumulated over the first 1.0 seconds increased from 20 to 80 (damage per second after the first 1.0 seconds is unchanged).

Elsewhere, the same update also brought the recently teased Horizon Lunar Colony map on the PTR. Without a release date, we can only assume that Blizzard will release the new map for everyone in Overwatch once we are done celebrating the ongoing anniversary event.