Overwatch 2 Patch Notes – Big Mid-Season Update With Hero Changes And More

The latest Overwatch 2 patch notes from November 17 include hero changes for D.Va, Zarya, Genji, and many other heroes

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Here are the Overwatch 2 patch notes to the latest update on November 17. With this new Overwatch 2 patch, Blizzard made a lot of adjustments to some heroes, fixed various bugs, and improved the Competitive Play experience as well as matchmaking.

Overwatch is great. But quite often, the game doesn't seem to be balanced out very well, many players are struggling with a lack of support players and overpowered DPS. But in the latest balance update, Blizzard made a lot of hero changes that are supposed to help overcome recent problems.

Here are all the patch notes of the latest update from November 17. With this new Overwatch 2 patch, Blizzard made a lot of adjustments to some heroes, fixed various bugs, and improved the Competitive Play experience and matchmaking.

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Overwatch 2 Patch Notes For November Mid-Season Balancing Update

Blizzard made major changes to some characters to ensure fair matches with balanced heroes. Although the biggest changes will come with the start of Season 2 in December, Blizzard has just released the mid-season patch. One of the current biggest problems in Overwatch 2 is that playing a healer is just incredibly exhausting, which is why many matches are lacking supporters. Instead of strengthening the support role, Blizzard decided to nerf DPS and tanks, which is a questionable decision.

Originally the changes were planned to go into effect with an update on November 14, but due to some major issues with the new patch, the update got delayed to November 17. But anyway... now we have them, let's see what has changed.

Audio Transcription

With the release of Overwatch 2 in October, Blizzard also introduced a new system designed to identify toxic players, the Defence Matrix.

In order to detect players with toxic and offensive behavior, Blizzard will record voice chat audio. This recording will then be automatically converted to a text file and the original audio recording will be deleted. If a player gets reported, the transcribed conversations can be used to prove whether they used offensive language or violated the guidelines in any way.

Players will now see a notification when entering voice chat for the first time during a play session indicating that voice chat may be recorded.

Crossplay and Aim Assist

In the past, aim assist was disabled for console players when they were in a group with at least one PC player. But console players were at a disadvantage when playing with a controller without aim assist. Since this was deemed quite unfair, Blizzard has re-enabled aim assist for console players, except for competitive mode, but that doesn't support crossplay anyway. This change improves the overall experience for console players and encourages friends to form a team regardless of platform.

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Hero Changes and Adjustments


Sombra got nerfed big time, because her rework was proven to be too deadly for a flanker with easy access to the enemy backline, especially in 5v5.

  • Hack ability lockout duration reduced from 1.75 to 1.5 seconds
  • Hacked enemies are no longer valid targets for hacking for the duration of the 8-second effect
  • Hacked damage multiplier reduced from 40% to 25%


  • Maximum ammo reduced from 30 to 24
  • Shuriken damage reduced from 29 to 27


  • Barrier duration reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds
  • Barrier cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds
  • Call Mech ultimate cost reduced by 12%


  • Fusion Cannon spread increased from 3.5 to 3.75
  • Boosters impact damage reduced from 25 to 15


  • Swift Step invulnerability duration reduced from 0.4 to 0.25 seconds


  • Arming time increased from 0.5 to 0.75 seconds
  • Trapped duration reduced from 3 to 2.5 seconds

With this upcoming update, Blizzard added Mei back into the game, after removing her due to some game-breaking bugs.

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Hero Fixes

After countless bugs and glitches appearing throughout the past weeks, Blizzard has finally fixed everything. This long-ass list includes every single issue, that was fixed in the update.


  • Fixed a bug where Brigitte's shield could become invulnerable under certain conditions


  • Cassidy now correctly drops the flag during Combat Roll in the Capture the Flag game mode


  • Fixed in last update - Fixed a bug with Seismic Slam being stopped early by obstructions
  • Fixed in last update - Fixed a bug with being able to jump during Seismic Slam


  • Fixed an issue with the Genji Mythic Skin's hit volumes
  • Fixed in last update - Fixed an issue where players could get infinite Dragonblade Custom Games


  • Fixed in last update - Jump/wall climb no longer destroys breakables

Junker Queen

  • Commanding Shout and Rampage now correctly drop the flag in the Capture the Flag game mode


  • Fixed an issue where Kiriko could escape map boundaries using Swift Step


  • Has been added back to the line-up
  • Fixed several issues with Mei's Ice Wall that allowed players and projectiles to occasionally pass through it or slip off it


  • Audio made a change to the sound of Mercy’s first-person glide to address frequencies that some players found uncomfortable


  • Fixed in last update - Fixed an issue where quick melee did not swing Reinhardt's hammer


  • Sojourn can no longer pick up the flag in Capture the Flag when using Power Slide


  • Fixed in last update - Fixed an issue where quick melee did not swing Torbjorn's hammer

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed an issue with Adaptive Shield that could cause you to lose health in some cases

Map Changes


  • Fixed additional areas in the map that were causing performance issues in some cases
Overwatch 2 Junker Queen
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General Bug Fixes

  • PC Only – The Default setting for the audio mix has been changed to “studio reference”
  • Resolved an issue where some players could be stuck in Bronze 5 even after several rank updates
  • Console Only – Fixed an issue where the PC interface was being forced on for some console players
  • Console Only – Fixed a bug on console where your game could freeze if you opened and closed a Hero cinematic
  • Console Only – Fixed an issue where 'Capture Highlight' could not be unbound from Left D-Pad
  • Addressed multiple leaderboard issues causing inaccurate placement and ordering
  • Players who getting healed will no longer see the healing status effect on their screen while they’re full health
  • Fixed an issue where players would sometimes be placed into an empty game
  • Resolved a bug that prevented players from rejoining their competitive game after being disconnected
  • Fixed a bug where typing in chat could purchase an item from the Hero Gallery
  • The 'No Name Card' selection in the Name Card interface is now selectable
  • Fixed a display issue where players were shown the incorrect amount of Overwatch League tokens, which made them unable to purchase items.
  • The display now shows the correct amount of tokens a player owns
  • The 'Avoid Teammates' button is no longer hiding behind the Recent Players list
  • Fixed an issue with the Challenge 'Farsighted' not correctly tracking and/or completing
  • Fixed an issue with the Challenge 'Damage Sponge' not correctly tracking and/or completing
  • Resolved instances of the player's screen becoming blurry/out of focus
  • Fixed an issue where some players were missing the Noire Widowmaker skin
  • Various visual improvements to the First Time User Experience
  • Fixed in the last update - Practice bots now show up through walls correctly when you play a healer

This mid-season update was huge and Blizzard finally managed to fix all these nasty bugs, from the past few weeks. The next big update will come soon with the beginning of the second season, where we can finally welcome the new hero Ramattra. Season 2 will feature a lot of exciting new things, so be sure to check it out!

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When are they gonna fix the issue where ultra anti aliasing wont apply?