Recently Released Overwatch Junkrat Updates Goes Controversial
The latest Overwatch update released last May 19 garnered mixed reviews from players, particularly the changes and features granted to Junkrat, a strong demolitionist and an international criminal in the game. The changes proved to be too much to look over as some even said that it can shift Overwatch Bitcoin betting odds significantly.
Junkrat’s Current Update
Junkrat’s bombs, grenades, and other external weapons are what make this hero a strong opponent. He can set up traps and send enemies flying with his explosions. He also possesses strong mobility, but it’s challenging for him to fight at close range with most heroes.
In hopes to address Junkrat’s weaknesses, Blizzard decided to nerf some of his weapons and abilities. The dev team ignored his current Steel Trap and RIP-Tire, but three of Junkrat’s general weapons and abilities got updated.
- Projectiles maintain slightly more velocity on ricochet
- Projectile speed increased from 20 to 25
- Ricochet distance off of enemy players greatly reduced
- Bomb detonation time reduced from 1 sec to 0.7
- Bombs spread increased by 50%
Junkrat’s new features went controversial. One review from popular Cloud 9 player and Twitch streamer Jamison ‘PVPX’ Moor pointed out the confusing function of the new hero. The review went viral, and a lot of players shared the same sentiments.
Referring to Junkrat’s Concussion Mine update, PVPX said: “The only way you can get it to work is if you go in the air, pause and then do it again,” PVPX showed. “But that pause is an extremely bad nerf to Junkrat. It doesn’t make the change worth it. On top of that, you can’t do a side jump in the air which hinders his mobility a lot. It’s a nerf.”
Blizzard Entertainment’s dev team for Overwatch listened to the feedback and vowed to do better in the future. Overwatch Developer Josh Noh specifically addressed PVPX’s concern on Blizzard’s forum:
“We’re currently looking at lowering the minimum activation time between when you throw the Concussion Mine and how soon you can detonate it to help bring back the way some players double mine or side jump. Thanks for the feedback, appreciate it!”
Overwatch reveals more Junkrat changes are coming soon, but Josh Noh didn’t specify the date and the patch version.