After all the complaints from the Overwatch community about Roadhog's hook, many were worried that the changes might hit live. It turns out that Blizzard's already realized it's problematic.
Notes for the latest iteration of the Public Test Realm were issued last night, and include several key changes to Roadhog's hook. First, a slow will be applied to stunned targets, making it a bit harder to dash out of line-of-sight and break the hook. Second, a change was made to the right and left hitboxes of the hook, meaning you're a bit more vulnerable behind thin objects and when barely sticking out of doors. Lastly, the bug that allowed you to spin 180 degrees after throwing a hook to drop an enemy behind you has been fixed.
Other key changes in these notes include a nerf to Ana's Biotic Grenade (which should lessen the Triple Tank meta's viability), and a further buff to Sombra, reducing the cooldown on her hack to 8 seconds from 12.
Here are the patch notes in full:
We're about to push a new build to the PTR with some new changes:
- Added some more line of sight checks towards the left/right of a potential hook target. This means it should be easier to hook someone who is sticking halfway out of a doorway, or behind a thin pole, etc. These checks are also used for the persistent line of sight check, so if a hook target moves behind a slim object like a stump or a lightpole, they won't be released anymore.
- Hooked targets are now slowed heavily while they are stunned, even if they are in the air. This means if someone is strafe jumping away from you and you land a hook, they are a lot less likely to slide out of line on sight, breaking the hook.
- Fixed a bug that could allow you to hook someone and pull them behind you if you spun around before the hook landed.
- Biotic Grenade duration reduced from 5s to 4s
- Hack cooldown reduced from 12s to 8s
Thanks for the feedback so far! Hopefully we'll have this new patch up very soon so you guys can check it out and let us know what you think.
These changes should be live on the PTR now.