Overwatch March 25 PTR Update Massively Nerfs Echo

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Blizzard has been fully utilizing the PTR server for Overwatch. The developer recently released a small patch that makes some balancing changes in the game. A couple of bugs have also been resolved. The patch went live on March 25 and is only available for the PTR server, which is PC exclusive.

Ashe’s secondary fire, also known as The Viper, went through some audio tweaks, as the lever action sound is now updated and will feel more in sync. Echo is currently too strong, so Blizzard decided to nerf her again. Her sticky bomb explosion damage has been reduced from 30 to 25. On top of that, her Ultimate ability cost is now increased by 16 percent. Echo mains will have to wait a little longer before using her OP Ultimate ability. Let’s hope that these nerfs are enough for her.

The update fixes a total of two known bugs. Tracer will not move upward when she uses her blink ability mid-air and Echo’s duplicated hack bug has also been resolved.

This update will definitely not make any Echo mains happy, however, do keep in mind that all the changes made are only on the PTR server for now. Many things could change when the update hits the live build.

You can read the March 25 patch notes below or on the official Blizzard forum.

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – March 25, 2020



The Viper (Secondary Fire)

  • Updated lever action sound to better line up with when she can shoot again


Sticky Bombs

  • Explosion damage reduced from 30 to 25


  • Ultimate cost increased by 16%




  • Fixed a bug where blinking mid-air could allow Tracer to move slightly vertically upward


  • Fixed a bug where a Duplicated hack or sleep wouldn’t persist 3 seconds after the duplication ended

So what do you think? Have you been playing Echo lately? Will you still stick with the new hero after these nerfs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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