Overwatch Patch Begins Anniversary, Nerfs Brigitte A Little More

The Overwatch Anniversary has begun. There are copious amounts of new skins out there, along with a new Free-For-All Deathmatch map, for those who balk at concepts like "teamwork" and "togetherness."

But Tuesday's patch also includes a few reworks for some of the game's heroes, including even more nerfs for the newest one. These changes originally debuted on the PTR earlier this month and are now making their way across the rest of the game. According to the Overwatch forums, players can look forward to some further adjustments for Brigitte, along with a couple of buffs for Ana and a noteworthy nerf for Hanzo.


  • Rally: Maximum armor per player reduced from 150 to 100
  • Shield Bash: Cooldown increased from 5 to 6 seconds

Brigitte's nerfs pile on to the big one introduced during the May 3 Rialto patch. That patch reduced the cone angle of her Shield Bash. Now her Shield Bash has a longer cooldown to go along with that. Also, the maximum armor from her Rally further brings her down to the level of other heroes while keeping it relatively useful.


  • Biotic Rifle
    • Projectiles will now pass through allies with full health
    • Ammo increased from 10 to 14

Ana's changes are pretty interesting, because they open the door to some sick trick shots. If a skilled Ana player can spot a teammate that needs a hand, there's a chance to plan a shot that goes through a fully-healed teammate and reaches the teammate in need. More novice heroes can also try and rapid fire their way to healing everyone, since Ana now has some additional ammo available.


  • Storm Arrows: Damage reduced from 80 to 70

Hanzo's recent rework left him a little too powerful. Fortunately, Blizzard has recognized the overwhelming power of his new Storm Arrows. The Overwatch team has taken Hanzo's other changes into account and scaled back the damage of these powerful new weapons.

Overwatch's patch is available now across all platforms.

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