Overwatch 2’s beta mid-cycle patch buffs Orisa and Doomfist, nerfs Junker Queen

The homestretch is going to look slightly different.

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Just a handful of days after the last patch, Blizzard has released an Overwatch 2 beta mid-cycle patch that contains more than a few key adjustments for characters like Symmetra, Orisa, and Zenyatta. 

Most players are honing in on the slight decrease for Zenyatta’s health and lack of Discord Orb changes, Doomfist’s Power Block and Rocket Punch being buffed, and Junker Queen receiving a round of nerfs to shorten the radius on Commanding Shout and Rampage. Oh, and Orisa mains are happily going to be able to take headshots using Fortify again while speedily spinning a Javelin.  

This isn’t the most extensive patch that this iteration of the beta has seen. That still belongs to the June 28 patch that introduced Junker Queen into the game and several pieces of new content as the testing period returned for another round. That doesn’t mean this latest patch is all scrap heading into the homestretch, however.

Here is everything included in the July 15 Overwatch 2 beta mid-cycle patch

Bug fixes

  • General
    • Fixed a crash affecting some Xbox consoles
    • Fixed a crash affecting players launching the “Portuguese (Brazil)” language on PS5
  • Maps (Rio de Janeiro)
    • Fixed bug that affected spawn doors
  • Heroes
    • Soldier 76: Fixed an issue that caused Sprint to give 40 percent movement speed instead of 50 percent
    • Genji: Fixed an issue where Dragon Blade could sometimes get stuck as active after the duration ended
    • Junker Queen: 
      • Fixed an issue that caused wounds to apply to invalid targets (Barriers/Ice Wall/Turrets/etc.)
      • Fixed an issue that caused her ability icons to not appear in the kill feed
      • Fixed an issue where Carnage also applied a Jagged Blade wound effect

Hero changes

Tanks

Doomfist

  • Power Block
    • Minimum damage mitigated required to empower Rocket Punch reduced from 100 to 90 damage
    • Movement speed penalty while blocking reduced from 50 to 35 percent
  • Rocket Punch
    • Now deals damage to all enemies knocked back instead of only the first target impacted

Junker Queen

  • Commanding Shout
    • Radius reduced from 20 to 15 meters
    • Allied bonus health now decays over its duration
    • Maximum duration increased from four to five seconds
  • Rampage
    • Radius reduced from 6 to 5 meters

Orisa

  • Fortify
    • Now disables critical damage
  • Javelin Spin
    • Bonus movement speed increased from 40 to 50 percent

Damage

Sojourn

  • Railgun
    • Fire rate reduced from 15 to 14 shots per second
  • Railgun Alt Fire
  • Projectile radius now scales with energy level from 0 up to the previous 0.1 meters
    • The higher the energy level, the bigger the projectile radius

Symmetra

  • Photon Projector Alt Fire
    • Charge time reduced from 1.2 seconds to one second
    • Projectile radius increased from 0.4 to 0.5 meters
  • Teleporter
    • Cooldown reduced from 16 to 12 seconds

Support

Zenyatta

  • Shield health reduced from 175 to 150 (225 to 200 total max HP)