'Overwatch' PTR Finds: Upcoming Doomfist Hero, Winston, Roadhog Buff, Ana Debuff

Jovi Figueroa

Overwatch PTR Build 1.8 is now live, and it brings new buffs for tanks Roadhog and Winston, and a debuff for Ana. New hints also suggest Doomfist is coming.

For the unfamiliar, PTR or Public Test Region is a unique crowd testing solution developed by Blizzard to make sure that all patches and new features are spotless on public release. This PTR is a pool of 10,000 Overwatch players who gain access to new features and fixes before the patch is rolled out to the rest of the some 25 million Overwatch-playing community on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Blizzard game director for Overwatch Jeff Kaplan explains the PTR via Applause.

"The most important thing when we patch Overwatch to all of the live services is that the game is stable and works correctly and that there is as few bugs or crashes or glitches as possible in the game. The PTR really lets us iron all of these issues out. We will put up versions of the game frequently on the PTR. Sometimes it has a lot of issues and it allows us to solve them very quickly."

Roadhog Scrap Gun a) Spread decreased by 20 percent

Chain Hook b) Targets are now pulled to a location 3.5 meters away, up from 2 meters. c) Cooldown increased from 6 to 8

Winston Critical hit volume reduced by 15 percent

Goodman notes about these hero changes.

"The Roadhog changes overall reduce the power of his hook a bit, but his gun is now more effective when not using the hook.

"Winston's head hit volume was just abnormally big, making him take more damage than he otherwise should. This change brings it more in line with other heroes."

"Winston's head hit volume was just abnormally big, making him take more damage than he otherwise should. This change brings it more in line with other heroes."

"We've actually implemented a damage resistance cap [for Ana's Nanoboost], but it didn't make the initial PTR build. It should be in the latest PTR build from this morning, however. Currently the cap is set to 70%, but it is easily adjustable if needed."

If you look hard enough, as hard as YouTuber Arekkz Gaming did, you'll notice Doomfist references all over the Overwatch map Numbani. Three new changes on the Overwatch PTR, however, make more references to Doomfist—more than subtle, this time, actually.

First, the opening music of Overwatch on the PTR is different from the opening theme of everyone else's version. Apparently, the new opening music on the PTR is confirmed by dataminers to be the theme of Doomfist, which was heard on the first cinematic trailer for Overwatch. So why change the song to Doomfist's, Blizzard?

Next, another Doomfist reference was spotted hidden in the files of Numbani. If you'll notice, one of the payloads at Numbani has a glass casing carrying Doomfist's gauntlets inside. Arekkz and other dataminers, however, found that there's a file on the latest PTR build for Overwatch that depicts a wire mesh for an alternate version of the payload. This alternate version shows a broken glass casing, which could only mean one thing, of course: Doomfist's gauntlet will be forcibly taken from inside.

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While these could all reference to Doomfist, however, there is a chance that Doomfist could not actually be coming as a hero. There could be another Overwatch event related to Doomfist, or maybe an introduction of a new Overwatch hero that works for or with Doomfist, and not Doomfist per se.

You can decide for yourself and watch Arekkz Gaming's full video below.

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