Overwatch PTR Patch 1.26 Tweaks Wrecking Ball and Overhauls Sombra

Wrecking Ball is already getting a few adjustments in Overwatch's PTR servers, but the bigger story may be the changes to Sombra.


Overwatch players on the Public Test Realm have been getting familiar with the game's newest hero. But Wrecking Ball (a.k.a. Hammond) already appears to be in need of a few changes, which is why Blizzard has deployed a new patch on the PTR on Thursday.

The main change involves one of Wrecking Ball's key moves, which should make it a little more balanced.

Wrecking Ball

  • Grappling Claw
    • Movement speed reduced from 22 meters per second to 20 meters per second

But Hammond isn't the only hero getting some changes. Sombra has also been overhauled significantly to not only anticipate Wrecking Ball's abilities, but also help bring her up to the level of her fellow heroes.


  • EMP
    • Now disables Wrecking Ball’s Minefield proximity mines for 10 seconds
  • Hack
    • Can now cancel her reload to use Hack
  • Stealth
    • Detect radius reduced to 2 meters from 4 meters
  • Translocator
    • Can now be destroyed with the Interact key without looking at it
    • Sound cue heard by enemies dramatically reduced

Wrecking Ball also has a few bug fixes applied to him, with information available on the Overwatch forums. Wrecking Ball is coming soon to all Overwatch players.

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