Overwatch fans will be glad to know that Blizzard Entertainment has finally released the much-anticipated patch 1.42 for their game. The update is kind of an amazing one since it is going to make a lot of competitive players happy. It comes one day before season 9, which will begin on November 7.
The update is now live on Overwatch servers and players can download it straight away. A new mouse input option is now available, Baptiste’s health kit has received a few changes, and a competitive pool has been added. So without any further due, here is what’s featured in the update.
New Mouse Input Feature
One of the biggest features introduced in the latest update is the high precision mouse input. If you’re someone who was looking for a way to upgrade your aim, then this feature is for you. Previously, the mouse input limit was only 62.5hz. However, after the update, you can make it go as high as 1000hz, which is huge. Keep in mind that this will come at a small CPU cost. As mentioned on the official Blizzard forums, this feature will basically allow players to shoot “between frames.” If your hardware can support it, then you can have more precision.
Character Changes And Improvements
The update has also made a few tweaks to Baptiste’s health kit. The Biotic Launcher, which is the suave support’s main healing tool, will now have a recovery of 0.36 seconds instead of 0.45. This means that the character will be now able to launch healing grenades at a much faster rate. In addition to this, the damage falloff of his gun has been increased to 25 meters. For those who don’t know, it previously offered a range of 20 meters, something which annoyed many players. Aside from this, the random spread of the gun has been also removed, something which will allow you to see a more predictable pattern of shooting.
On the other hand, Torbjorn has also received some changes through the latest update. The cost of his ultimate, Molten Core, has been reduced by 10 percent. This means that it will be now easier to get. In addition to this, Mei’s Ice Wall, Baptiste’s Immortality Field, and Sigma’s Garitic Flux have also been improved to some extent.
As for the competitive changes, they are huge. Season 19 is currently scheduled to begin on November 7 at 12 am CT, and the game is prepared for it. To begin with, the competitive seasons of Overwatch will now start and end on the first Thursday of every month. Previously, they would end on the first day of every month. This will help the developers with improving availability.
In addition to this, for the very first time, the developers have decided to add a map pool for season 19. For this, three maps of each type have been selected. This will allow competitive players to know which maps they need to focus the most on. The maps will rotate with every new season. The new map pool is:
- Assault: Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, Volskaya Industries
- Hybrid: Hollywood, King’s Row, Eichenwalde
- Control: Nepal, Lijiang Tower, Busan
- Escort: Dorado, Watchpoint: Gibraltar, Havana
All of the competitive changes took place on November 7.