Overwatch PTR Patch: How To Join & See These Major Changes In Gameplay, Characters, Hero Balance, Etc.

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Overwatch PTR patch is out now. PTR stands for Public Test Region and it introduces bug fixes, hero balance updates, user interface updates, and updates in competitive play among others. But first, here?s what you need to know in order to get the Overwatch PTR patch.

First and foremost, you?d need to have an Overwatch game license for Windows PC with a Battle.net account ?in good standing.? This means that your Battle.net account has not been suspended nor banned. Also, to access the Overwatch PTR patch, you must have installed Overwatch and have logged in the game at least once.

Now, if you are all clear, you would need to (1) restart your Battle.net desktop app; (2) then go to the Overwatch tab on the left-hand menu; (3) select ?PTR: Overwatch? from the REGION/ACCOUNT drop down; (4) click ?Install? and (5) after PTR client is installed and updated, click ?Play? to play!

The official Overwatch website notes that if the PTR patch is not available to you after following those steps, try logging into Overwatch, exiting the game client, and then launch the PTR once more.

It is also good to note that the Overwatch PTR patch is available on Windows PC only. Accounts from all regions are eligible to participate with China as the exception. The PTR, though, will be hosted on servers in the Americas region. If you are outside the US, you?d likely experience lowered performance and increased latency. Plus, the PTR can only support 10k concurrent players (logged-in simultaneously). If servers have reached this cap, new players will be put on queue.


What The Patch Does

The patch has major changes to Competitive Play. This is in anticipation for the launch of Season 2 on September 6. Skill tiers have been modified and will have more emphasis over specific ratings. The skill-rating system has been changed into a 1-5000 scale to show how each match affects their specific rating. Sudden death is also dead in Season 2. There will be draws when matches remain tied after the clock runs out. This should be a rare occurrence as the developers noted.

Hero balance updates will include one for Genji as his double jump no longer resets when wall climbing. Also, his dash ability will not be able to escape Junkrat?s Steel Trap and will no longer deal damage to it and Widowmaker?s Venom. Also, Genji?s Dragonblade duration has been reduced from 8 seconds to 6 seconds. Read all the hero balance updates here. The patch also allows sit and laugh emotes to be unlocked for all heroes.

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