Blizzard release 24th hero, Orisa, to PTR

Blizzard have just announced the 24th hero to Overwatch, Orisa, now live on PTR along with changes to Bastion and Zarya.

Built from the scraps of Numbani's OR15 robots after they were destroyed by Doomfist, this new hero is designed as an "anchor tank", most similar in use to Reinhardt.

Her kit includes a primary weapon, the Fusion Driver, with reasonable accuracy and range, though Orisa slows while using it. Its alternate fire, named Halt!, releases a graviton charge that slows enemies as it passes them and then drags them inwards momentarily when detonated - functioning similarly to a mini-Graviton Surge.

Orisa can also Fortify herself, temporarily reducing damage taken as well as making herself immune to crowd control effects. Her "anchor tank" mechanic comes as a Protective Barrier, a forward-facing shield that can be thrown out at range to protect allies.

Orisa's ultimate is a Supercharger, a destructible device that is placed on the floor and damage boosts allies within line of sight.

Orisa is now live on PTR, but along with the addition of the 24th hero, Blizzard have also pushed changes to Bastion and Zarya on the test realm. Check out the patch notes for PTR below.

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

New Hero: Orisa (Tank)

Built from the scraps of the city’s decommissioned OR15 defense bots, Orisa is still learning how to optimally perform her function. What she lacks in experience, she makes up for in her steadfast dedication to keeping her city—and her creator, Efi—safe from harm.

Orisa is the sixth tank to join the Overwatch lineup, and much like her programming, her gameplay is engineered around protection. Her main weapon is a rapid-fire Fusion Driver, an automatic gun with good range and accuracy even at a distance—though it comes at a cost. Orisa’s movement slows down while she fires and players will need to plan for a lengthy reload time. Her alternate fire, Halt!, launches a graviton charge across the map, slowing nearby enemies as it passes, then pulling them toward it when it detonates.

Her Fortify ability boosts her personal defense, reducing damage taken and making her unstoppable for a short time. She can throw a device that creates a curved, stationary Protective Barrier, perfect for intercepting projectiles and shielding teammates from the front, sides, and above. Lastly, as her ultimate ability, Orisa deploys a high-powered Supercharger that beams a buff to allies within its range, increasing the damage they can inflict on the opposing team

To learn more about Orisa, click here.

GENERAL UPDATES

Game Browser

Players can now disable or modify abilities activated with the secondary fire button

HERO UPDATES

Bastion

  • Ironclad
    • Bastion now takes 20% less damage while in Configuration: Sentry or Tank (formerly 35%)

Mercy

  • Caduceus Staff
    • New commendation card has been added, which tracks the amount of increased damage that’s done when boosting another player

Zarya

  • Particle Barrier
    • No longer protects Zarya from knockback
  • Projected Barrier
    • No longer protects allies from knockback

BUG FIXES

General

When Teleporters, Shield Generators, and other player-owned objects are destroyed, the kill feed now properly displays the owner’s name

A.I.

Fixed a bug preventing Bastion and Torbjörn from taking a defensive position when turret abilities were disabled

Game Browser

Fixed a bug that could cause certain settings to appear on the Custom Game’s information screen even though they were not being used

Fixed an issue preventing values from the “Ultimate Generation” setting from being correctly displayed

Heroes and maps are now sorted alphabetically under the “Find Game” filters in the Game Browser

Fixed a bug preventing Bastion’s Self-Repair ability from being disabled in the Custom Game settings

Heroes

Fixed an issue preventing Bastion’s walking animation from being triggered while Self-Repair was in use

McCree no longer receives credit toward his On Fire meter when his Flashbang is used against Mei’s Ice Wall

Fixed an issue causing Zenyatta’s feet to clip through his robe with the Sanzang skin equipped

Fixed a bug causing Reaper's shotguns and D.Va's mech to appear unusually large on the main menu

Maps

Training bots that are destroyed in the Practice Range are now displayed in the kill feed

Fixed a bug allowing more than one player to enter the Practice Range

#1
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Particle Barrier No longer protects Zarya from knockback

This includes Earthshatter? If so, zarya is fucked :/ why keep nerfing her?

EDIT: I think clarifies the thing a bit: "This means only knockback effects that pierce the barrier will affect her (such as Winston ult, Charge, etc)"

[quote=Particle Barrier No longer protects Zarya from knockback][/quote]

This includes Earthshatter? If so, zarya is fucked :/ why keep nerfing her?

EDIT: I think clarifies the thing a bit: [url=https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20753565912?page=2#post-30]"This means only knockback effects that pierce the barrier will affect her (such as Winston ult, Charge, etc)"[/url]
#2
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Glad to Iron Clad nerfed, bastion still needs some further nerfs to its self healing though, imo.

What worries me is the time it'll take for it to go live, I don't think I can take two more weeks of 35% IC Bastion

Edit: It could potentially ruin APEX playoffs as well, which would be a huge shame.

Glad to Iron Clad nerfed, bastion still needs some further nerfs to its self healing though, imo.

What worries me is the time it'll take for it to go live, I don't think I can take two more weeks of 35% IC Bastion

Edit: It could potentially ruin APEX playoffs as well, which would be a huge shame.
#3
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purpleEdit: It could potentially ruin APEX playoffs as well, which would be a huge shame.

they are playing on a prepatch

[quote=purple]Edit: It could potentially ruin APEX playoffs as well, which would be a huge shame.[/quote]

they are playing on a prepatch
#4
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Blue
they are playing on a prepatch

From what I've read that's only for the next two matches, and they'll play with the bastion update from next week on. Really hoping I'm wrong though.

[quote=Blue]

they are playing on a prepatch[/quote]

From what I've read that's only for the next two matches, and they'll play with the bastion update from next week on. Really hoping I'm wrong though.
#5
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purpleEdit: It could potentially ruin APEX playoffs as well, which would be a huge shame.

I don't think Blizzard can hold off on changes for whole 3 months for APEX. It's not their fault that APEX has structured their tournament like that.

[quote=purple]Edit: It could potentially ruin APEX playoffs as well, which would be a huge shame.[/quote]

I don't think Blizzard can hold off on changes for whole 3 months for APEX. It's not their fault that APEX has structured their tournament like that.
#6
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Seems like they tried to make a rein alternative when she's simply just another off-tank. Talking bout mis spider robot.

Seems like they tried to make a rein alternative when she's simply just another off-tank. Talking bout mis spider robot.
#7
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Let's hope the meta story for Orisa meta story doesn't end up like Winston.

(critical hit volume decreased yay xd)

Let's hope the meta story for Orisa meta story doesn't end up like Winston.

(critical hit volume decreased yay xd)
#8
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Dark7Particle Barrier No longer protects Zarya from knockback
This includes Earthshatter? If so, zarya is fucked :/ why keep nerfing her?

EDIT: I think clarifies the thing a bit: "This means only knockback effects that pierce the barrier will affect her (such as Winston ult, Charge, etc)"

Earthshatter doesn't affect her in shift, but it is not knockback, it's crowd control..

[quote=Dark7][quote=Particle Barrier No longer protects Zarya from knockback][/quote]

This includes Earthshatter? If so, zarya is fucked :/ why keep nerfing her?

EDIT: I think clarifies the thing a bit: [url=https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20753565912?page=2#post-30]"This means only knockback effects that pierce the barrier will affect her (such as Winston ult, Charge, etc)"[/url][/quote]
Earthshatter doesn't affect her in shift, but it is not knockback, it's crowd control..
#9
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My understanding is that it just fixes rein charge sometimes passing through zarya when she uses self-barrier.

Like so

My understanding is that it just fixes rein charge sometimes passing through zarya when she uses self-barrier.

[url=https://clips.twitch.tv/DelightfulWrongMonitorTF2John]Like so[/url]
#10
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Her Ult range is really really large. But it is LOS. Not sure about its vertical range, but I think there will be some interesting spots that will become common to drop it to enable a really good team fight.

Can't wait to try her in a more serious environment than PTR.

Her Ult range is really really large. But it is LOS. Not sure about its vertical range, but I think there will be some interesting spots that will become common to drop it to enable a really good team fight.

Can't wait to try her in a more serious environment than PTR.
#11
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purpleWhat worries me is the time it'll take for it to go live, I don't think I can take two more weeks of 35% IC Bastion

Bastion ironclad nerf to 20% has just been pushed to live. Props to Blizzard for one of the quicker changes by them.

[quote=purple]
What worries me is the time it'll take for it to go live, I don't think I can take two more weeks of 35% IC Bastion
[/quote]

Bastion ironclad nerf to 20% has just been pushed to live. Props to Blizzard for one of the quicker changes by them.
#12
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Samwise_GanjapurpleWhat worries me is the time it'll take for it to go live, I don't think I can take two more weeks of 35% IC Bastion
Bastion ironclad nerf to 20% has just been pushed to live. Props to Blizzard for one of the quicker changes by them.[/quote

jkap was playing bastion, and self healed while being outplayed by a tracer, so thats the story he pointed to as to why the Bastion got nerfed. Everything else is hyperbole. As it stands, bastion is in a good spot, very killable, gotta treat him as a s76 in some respects.]
[quote=Samwise_Ganja][quote=purple]
What worries me is the time it'll take for it to go live, I don't think I can take two more weeks of 35% IC Bastion
[/quote]

Bastion ironclad nerf to 20% has just been pushed to live. Props to Blizzard for one of the quicker changes by them.[/quote

jkap was playing bastion, and self healed while being outplayed by a tracer, so thats the story he pointed to as to why the Bastion got nerfed. Everything else is hyperbole. As it stands, bastion is in a good spot, very killable, gotta treat him as a s76 in some respects.]
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