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Past Experiments

November 20, 2021

Overwatch Experimental Patch Notes - November 30, 2021

Creator Experimental Update

In this limited-edition Experimental Card, we will feature over-the-top balance changes coming directly from Overwatch content creators. Each creator will submit changes for any of the heroes within their role. Here are the first Creator Experimental Card participants responsible for each of the role changes:

  • Violet - Support Heroes
  • Flats - Tank Heroes
  • Somjuu - DPS Heroes

Be sure to read up on the patch notes, jump into the game, and practice with your team to prepare for the Creator Cup tournament! Hop on over to the Overwatch Flash Ops: Experimental Card Creator Cup page to learn more and sign up!

Creator Experimental Additional Changes

Additional changes to the Creator Experimental card (as of Dec 1). Please note that any updated abilities reflect the most recent changes amend previous notes


Sound Barrier

  • Now deals massive damage to enemies Lucio lands on top of within a 0.75m radius



  • Now deals 400 damage in a 1.75m radius around the impact point (where the hammer hits the ground)



  • No longer heals allies, but still heals herself
  • Triggering Inspire now reduces the cooldown of Repair Pack by 0.5 seconds

Wrecking Ball


  • Can now change directions less faster and quicker than before, but still more than normal


Jump Pack

  • Travel speed increased by 10%


Caduceus Staff

  • Now gains 12.5% healing modifier back whenever a damage boosted target deals damage to an enemy


  • Canceling Resurrect no longer gives half the cooldown back, but instead resets Guardian Angel


Deploy Turret

  • Turret Damage 11 to 9


Sentry Turret

  • Can now have up to 4 turrets


Sticky Bombs

  • Explode instantly


  • Cooldown reduced from 6 to 4


Rocket Barrage

  • Can now move while it is active



  • Now deals 2000 damage to enemies that she lands on while using the ability

Endothermic Blaster

  • Gains 50% movement speed while running on ice caused by her weapon

Hero Updates - Tank


  • Pilot D.Va quick melee damage increased from 30 to 100
Defense Matrix
  • Size increased by 10%
  • Duration increased from 2 to 4 seconds
  • Speed increased by 25%
  • Ejecting out of the mech now ejects you at 15 meters per second up, and 10 meters per second in the direction you are holding
  • Health changed from 200 health and 250 armor, to 1 health and 399 armor
  • Now wears a Christmas hat
Protective Barrier
  • Health reduced from 600 to 300
  • Cooldown reduced from 10 to 8 seconds
Fusion Driver
  • No longer slowed while firing
  • Duration increased from 4 to 6 seconds
  • Can now be headshot while using Fortify
  • Cooldown reduced from 6 to 4 seconds
  • Armor health increased from 200 to 225 (total health 525 now)
Barrier Field
  • Health increased from 1600 to 2000
Fire Strike
  • Damage reduced from 100 to 80
  • Now has 2 charges
  • Projectile speed increased by 100%
  • Knockdown duration increased from 2.5 to 3 seconds
  • Now deals 400 damage in a 1.5m radius around the impact point (where the hammer hits the ground)
  • Blocking an enemy Earthshatter now plays the voice line “You shame yourself”
  • Blocking an enemy Earthshatter now shows up in the kill feed (using Rein’s shield icon)
  • Knockback resistance increased from 30% to 40%
  • Can now be ended early by pressing the Charge key a second time
  • Maximum health reduced from 600 to 500
  • Scrap Cannon pellet damage reduced from 6.6 to 5.0
Chain Hook
  • Impact damage increased from 30 to 70
  • Cooldown reduced from 8 to 6
Take a Breather
  • Healing reduced from 300 to 250
Whole Hog
  • Now lifts Roadhog while using it if he is pointed downward
  • Health increased from 300 to 400 (500 total)
  • Sigma is now able to hold Jump while airborne to slow his descent
Experimental Barrier
  • This ability is now disabled. It is experimental after all...
  • Impact damage increased from 30 to 40
  • Explosion damage increased from 40 to 50
  • Now susceptible to Reflect/Deflect abilities, such as Defense Matrix
  • Sigma now uses his “Yes” voice line after every use
Kinetic Grasp
  • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 8 seconds
  • Now increases Sigma’s movement speed by 100% while active
  • Knockback effects are now 30% less effective against Winston
  • Winston deals 100% more damage to deployable objects (Barriers, Turrets, etc.)
Jump Pack
  • Now deals up to 100 damage to enemies within 4 meters of the launch location
  • Travel speed increased by 30%
Primal Rage
  • Health bonus increased from 500 to 1000
Wrecking Ball
Grappling Claw
  • Max duration is now 3.5s
  • Jump height increased by 100%
  • Full speed impact damage on collisions reduced from 50 to 40
  • Can now change directions a lot more quickly and easily
  • Minimum damage reduced from 20 to 15
  • Maximum damage reduced from 100 to 80
  • Cooldown reduced from 10 to 8 seconds
  • Can now be used from a slightly lower height
Adaptive Shield
  • Shields granted per target reduced from 75 to 50
  • Duration increased from 9 to 12 seconds
  • Cooldown reduced from 15 to 12 seconds
Particle Cannon (Primary Fire)
  • Primary fire minimum damage increased from 75 to 85 damage per second
Particle Cannon (Secondary Fire)
  • Alt fire explosions no longer hurt yourself
  • Alt fire knockback increased by 150%
Particle Barrier
  • Health increased from 200 to 250
  • Size increased by 50%
Projected Barrier
  • Health increased from 200 to 250
  • Size increased by 50%

Hero Updates - Damage

Coach Gun
  • Now has 2 charges
  • Cooldown increased from 12 to 14 seconds
The Viper
  • Hip fire recovery reduced from 0.25 to 0.22 seconds
Take Aim
  • Aim-down-sight movement penalty reduced from 30% to 10%
Peacekeeper (Secondary Fire)
  • Damage increased from 50 to 55
Combat Roll
  • Now usable while airborne
  • Cooldown increased from 10 to 12 seconds
  • Now spawns more tumbleweeds. Mind the thorns.
Configuration: Recon
  • Bullet spread reduced by 15%
Configuration: Tank
  • Now grants 100 bonus armor
  • Health reduced from 250 to 225
The Best Defense... (Passive)
  • Shields gained through normal abilities increased from 30 to 40
Meteor Strike
  • Landing time after confirmation reduced from 1 to .05 seconds
  • Wall Climbing speed increased by 50%
  • Wall Climbing now refunds Double Jump's availability
  • Recovery reduced from 0.68 seconds to 0.6 seconds
Storm Arrows
  • Now ricochet off surfaces up to 5 times
  • Cooldown reduced from 5 to 3 seconds
Total Mayhem
  • Grenade count increased by 100% and grenades drop in a 30% wider area
Frag Launcher
  • Impact damage reduced from 40 to 30
  • Minimum explosion damage educed from 10 to 8
Concussion Mine
  • Maximum damage increased from 120 to 125
  • Minimum damage reduced from 30 to 25
Hover Jets
  • Holding Crouch while airborne increases falling speed
Concussive Blast
  • Cooldown reduced from 9 to 8 seconds
Jump Jet
  • Cooldown reduced from 9 to 8 seconds
Shadow Step
  • Movement Speed increased by 40% for 6 seconds after ending
Hellfire Shotguns
  • Pellet spread reduced by 15%
Soldier: 76
  • Automatically reloads Heavy Pulse Rifle after 3 seconds of continuous use
Tactical Visor
  • Now increases Heavy Pulse Rifle damage by 10% while active
  • Affected targets now take 20% increased damage from all sources for 3 seconds
  • Cooldown increased from 8 to 12 seconds
Machine Pistol
  • Bullet spread reduced by 10%
  • Teleporting now increases movement speed by 50% for 1.5 seconds
Rivet Gun (Weapon)
  • Recovery time reduced from 0.6 to 0.45 seconds
Forge Hammer
  • Damage increased from 55 to 75
  • Now increases Forge Hammer damage to 125 while active
Deploy Turret
  • Damage reduced from 14 to 11
  • Now restores all Blink charges
  • Cooldown increased from 12 to 14
Pulse Pistols
  • Ammo increased from 40 to 50
Widow's Kiss
  • Automatic fire minimum damage after falloff increased from 3.9 to 5
  • Automatic fire maximum damage increased from 13 to 15
  • Now resets Grappling Hook's cooldown

Hero Updates - Support

Sleep Dart
  • Eliminating sleeping targets resets the cooldown
Nano Boost
  • Now applied to Ana when used without a target
Biotic Launcher
  • Healing Grenades now affect Baptiste as well
Regenerative Burst
  • Now damages enemies instead of healing allies
  • Now deals 40 damage to enemies within 4 meters upon landing when he has full charge
  • No longer heals allies. Instead, triggering Inspire now reduces the cooldown of Repair Pack by 0.5 seconds
Repair Pack
  • Charges increased from 3 to 5
Sound Barrier
  • Cost reduced by 30%
  • Now deals massive damage to enemies Lucio lands directly on top of
Sonic Amplifier
  • Fire rate increased by 15% while Wall Riding. After 1 second of Wall Riding, this bonus is reduced by 50%
  • Killing Blows extend the duration by 3 seconds
Caduceus Staff
  • Healing now reduces from 55 HPS to 40 HPS over 2 seconds while connected
  • Healing returns to its normal HPS over 2 seconds while not active
  • Can now be canceled by using Secondary Fire while channeling, refunding 50% of its cooldown
Biotic Grasp (Primary Fire)
  • Biotic Grasp's healing now consumes Moira's own health if used while out of energy
Biotic Orb
  • Allies that receive at least 100 healing from the same Biotic Orb are cleansed of all status effects
  • Enemies that suffer at least 100 damage from the same Biotic Orb are slowed by 30% for 1.5 seconds
  • Now Cleanses status effects from allies Moira passes through and allied players that are around her when it ends
Discord Orb
  • Damage amplification reduced from 25% to 20%
  • Can now be applied to Barriers, Turrets, and other attackable objects
  • No longer reveals the position of its target through line of sight
  • Line of sight return time reduced from 3 seconds to 1.5 seconds
Harmony Orb
  • Line of sight return time reduced from 3 to 1.5 seconds
  • Total healing reduced from 1800 to 1200
  • Now applies Discord Orb to nearby enemies
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