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Boost For Low-Ranked Players, Zenyatta Nerf, Bug Fixes And More

Here’s some good news if you’re a decent Overwatch 2 player who’s somehow hardstuck in Bronze 5 in Competitive Play. Blizzard’s aware that many players are getting a ranking that’s way too low after finishing their placements. In the latest patch notes, the company says it’s on the case.

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“Many players were ranked too low during the first week of Overwatch 2, so we are implementing a boost as players continue to play games for those affected by this issue, ”Blizzard wrote. “Moving forward, players should be able to climb the ranks in their first rank update assuming they’re supposed to be higher based on their performance. Players who haven’t ranked will not experience this issue after this patch. “

That’s going to be music to the ears of many players, I imagine. I haven’t touched Comp at all yet (it’s not really my jam), so I haven’t ran into this issue. But if you genuinely feel that you’ve been placed at a rank that’s too low, you should start to climb very quickly after you win another seven games (or lose 20) and get re-ranked.

It’s worth noting Blizzard said that most players coming over from the original game “will find their rank is slightly lower when they start out” after getting ranked for the first time. So, if you are still at a lower rank than you expected in a week or two, that may be the reason.

There’s only one major hero balance change in today’s patch. Zenyatta will no longer have a faster rate of fire when he’s buffed by Kiriko’s Kitsune Rush Ultimate. That was definitely an overpowered combo worth nerfing. I mean, just look at this:

Speaking of Kiriko, Blizzard says it fixed a bug that made her Yokai achievement unattainable. I swear I must have completed the requirements for that (deliver 1,500 healing and five critical hits without dying) at least five times and I was confused why I wasn’t getting the achievement. Team 4 also addressed a bug that saw Kiriko sometimes fall below the map when she used her Swift Step teleport ability.

Meanwhile, there’s a nice update for folks like me who enjoy Numbani. That map’s back in the rotation, along with the Necropolis Deathmatch map.

On the downside, there’s still no word about when Bastion and Torbjörn will be fully available again. Earlier this week, Team 4 yanked Torb from Competitive and Bastion from all modes to address some bugs with them.

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As you might imagine given Overwatch 2‘s extremely rough launch week, there are a whole bunch of bug fixes listed in the patch notes too. Here they are in full:

Bug Fixes

General

  • Fixed an issue with the Report interface on console
  • Fixed a bug on PlayStation involving the inability to purchase other items in the store after a refund of another item
  • Fixed an issue where Legacy credits were not the default currency selected for purchases in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug where some Heroic emotes / poses were incorrectly locked and priced
  • Fixed items in the Hero Gallery that were not able to be purchased
  • Fixed an issue with the Spectator Options and made clicking in that menu more responsive
  • Resolved a bug with low resolution shop images displaying small on some platforms
  • Fixed an issue that caused the entire client to appear out of focus
  • Fixed a bug where Hero Unlock challenges were not incrementing properly in Total Mayhem
  • Fixed the challenge ‘System-Wide Malfunction’ not correctly incrementing
  • Fixed challenges ‘Classy Flex’ and ‘Flex Your Power’ not progressing while in a Group
  • Fixed a bug with some Challenges not correctly showing up during the end of game flow
  • Resolved a bug where leaving Skirmish could cause Challenge progress to be lost
  • Fixed an issue where adjusting Render Scale to any value would cause graphical corruption
  • Fixed a bug where depth of field would remain active in gameplay and leave your screen blurry
  • Fixed a bug with camera placement in captured Highlights
  • General Stability Updates

Competitive

  • Many players were ranked too low during the first week of Overwatch 2, so we are implementing a boost as players continue to play games for those affected by this issue.
  • Players who were ranked too low could have the feeling of being stuck in this rank. Moving forward, players should be able to climb the ranks in their first rank update assuming they’re supposed to be higher based on their performance.
  • Players who haven’t ranked will not experience this issue after this patch.

Maps

  • Numbani and Necropolis have been added back to their map pools

Heroes

Zenyatta

  • No longer receives extra attack speed from Kiriko’s ultimate

Kiriko

  • Resolved an issue where ‘Yokai’ achievement was unattainable
  • Fixed a bug with Swift Step that could result in the player being placed under the terrain in some cases

Workshop

  • Fixed an issue where Workshop Green Screen would load Workshop Island instead
  • Fixed a bug where Night Workshop maps were loading daytime variants

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