Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – March 22, 2021 arrives with updates on the experimental card tournament

Just a few days ago with the patch arriving which included balance changes for Genji, Mei and Sigma, today Blizzard has released yet another update for Overwatch consisting of experimental hero updates for the upcoming Overwatch League event.

Overwatch Experimental Card Tournament is a new event announced by Blizzard. Here, the devs have brought in pro players like Saebyeolbe, Soon and Space to discuss what hero changes they would like to see in the game. This event has been open to the public as well so the community suggestions were also considered. After taking all opinions into account, new hero changes have been added to the game by Blizzard.

Full patch notes:

EXPERIMENTAL HERO UPDATES

This experiment is intended for use during the Overwatch League Experimental Card Tournament and for you to try out these player-suggested changes yourselves–there is no plan to implement these changes outside of this experimental card.

HERO UPDATES (ONLY IN EXPERIMENTAL)

Ana

Biotic Rifle

  • Ammo increased from 12 to 14

Nano Boost

  • Can now be self-cast on Ana by using the interact key

Ashe

Dynamite

  • Damage reduced from 100 to 90

Baptiste

Regenerative Burst

  • Healing reduced from 75 to 65

Immortality Field

  • Now protects teammates to a minimum health threshold of 1 health, down from 20% of maximum

Bastion

Self-Repair

  • Now increases movement speed increased by 25% while repairing

Brigitte

Inspire

  • Healing removed from teammates when Brigitte is eliminated

D.Va

Boosters

  • Duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds

Echo

Duplicate

  • When Duplicate ends, Echo will be healed to 50% health instead of 100%

Genji

Shuriken

  • (Secondary Fire) Spread reduced from 9 to 8 meters

Dragonblade

  • Duration increased by 1 second for each kill while active

Hanzo

Dragonstrike

  • Travel speed increased by 20%
  • Damage increased by 20%
  • Distance before the dragon forms from the arrow shot reduced from 10 to 5 meters

Junkrat

Concussion Mine

  • Minimum damage increased from 30 to 35

Lúcio

Soundwave

  • Cooldown increased from 4 to 6 seconds

Crossfade

  • Radius increased by 50%
  • Effectiveness increased by 20% at close range, falling off to -50% at maximum range

Mei

Endothermic Blaster

  • Ammo increased from 120 to 140

Mercy

Guardian Angel

  • Killing blows now reset cooldown

Orisa

Protective Barrier

  • Health increased from 600 to 700
  • Cooldown increased from 10 to 11

Pharah

New Passive: Damage taken while airborne decreased by 5% and damage taken while grounded increased by 10%

Reaper

Shadow Step

  • Removed voice line triggered upon arrival

Reinhardt

Earthshatter

  • Stuns closer targets for up to 3 seconds. Targets at maximum range are stunned for the standard 2.5 seconds

Soldier: 76

Helix Rockets

  • Now has two charges
  • Damage reduced from 40 impact + 80 splash to 30 impact + 50 splash
  • Self-damage scalar reduced from 50% to 40%.

Sombra

Hack

  • Activation time increased from 0.65 to 1.15 seconds
  • Duration increased from 5 to 6 seconds

Translocator

  • Cooldown is now triggered when the translocator used or destroyed, instead of immediately after placement
  • Cooldown reduced from 6 to 5 seconds

Symmetra

Sentry Turret

  • Placement travel speed increased from 15 to 20 meters per second

Torbjörn

Deploy Turret

  • Now has two charges
  • Damage reduced by 40%
  • Health reduced by 40%

Tracer

General

  • Health increased from 150 to 175

Recall

  • Cooldown increased from 12 to 14 seconds

Widowmaker

Venom Mine

  • Damage increased from 75 to 120

Duration of damage over time effect increased from 5 to 6 seconds

  • Trigger radius increased from 3 to 4 meters

Winston

General

  • Health/Armor has been redistributed from 350/150 to 335/165

Wrecking Ball

General

  • Size reduced by 15%

Quad Cannons

  • Ammo reduced from 80 to 70

Grappling Claw

  • Cooldown increased from 5 to 7 seconds

Adaptive Shield

  • No longer prevents enemies from generating ultimate charge

Zarya

Projected Barrier

  • Range increased from 30 to 34 meters

Zenyatta

Transcendence

  • Movement speed multiplier increased from 2x to 2.3x

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