Blizzard has confirmed that the Roadhog nerf will be heading to the Public Test Realm (PTR) soon which should address some of the issues with the portly bikers grapple hook.
Overwatch designer Geoff Goodman spoke on the official forums explaining how the changes would affect the grapple in three key ways.
Firstly, the hook victim will now move in to the position directly in front of Roadhog, rather than just a straight line towards him. There is a cap on how far ‘to the side’ you can be pulled, so you can’t just hook someone, spin 180, and dump someone off a cliff. This part (along with some other bug fixes) should generally make the hook feel more consistent as to where the victims get pulled.
Secondly, the line-of-sight check to see if a hook should connect or not is now checked from Roadhog’s position, instead of the hook’s position. This basically means the hook can’t connect to targets that Roadhog himself can’t see.
Lastly, there is a new persistent line-of-sight check back to Roadhog once the hook has landed. If this check fails, the hook breaks off and returns to Roadhog. This means if you get hooked and move out of LOS quickly (either you dashed, were falling, were pushed, etc), the hook will now break early and not pull the target.
Goodman acknowledged it would make the tank based character “a bit weaker” but that they would be evaluating his performance once players get hold of him on the PTR server.
The Roadhog nerf changes are due to be pushed to the PTR “soon” with this week being a possibility.
Also in the thread, Goodman spoke briefly about newcomer Sombra. The post came in response to how Sombra played on the PTR vs what she was able to do when the changes were pushed to the live servers. Sombra was able to hack through shields, that meant she could cause Reinhardt’s shield to fall on choke points, allowing team members through. Once Sombra got to the live servers, that ability had been removed. In response, Goodman wrote
She originally could do this, but it felt pretty broken to fight against it, especially as Zarya or Reinhardt. Sombra isn’t in a super terrible spot but I agree she could use a bit of a boost.
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