Overwatch August 13 update patch notes : New hero Sigma and Role Lock added to game

Vaibhav Chawla Vaibhav Chawla Aug 14, 2019 Gaming, News

Blizzard has released a new update for Overwatch, and the latest update has brought a new tank hero ‘Sigma‘ to the game.

Role Lock has finally made its entry to the game with the latest update.

Whenever a major update arrives, it always bring some changes to heroes & same has happened this time too.

Many heroes have received major nerfs & buffs with the new update including Sombra, D.Va, Symmetra and others.

Sigma has been part of PTR for the last couple of days, where Overwatch developers were finding the perfect balance for him.


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Speaking of Sigma, he is an astrophysicist who gained the power to control gravity in an orbital experiment gone wrong, and Talon further manipulated him and deployed him as a living weapon for battles.


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Well, now players can get their hands on the new tank hero in the Role Queue beta. The much-debated role lock has finally been added to the game.


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With the implementation of Role-lock, players won’t be able to change to any hero in the middle of the matches. The meaning of Role-lock here states that if a player has selected Tank as a Role, then he/she can only switch between Tank heroes during the game.


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A significant reduction has also been made to Brigitte’s shield health, which has been reduced to 200. Also, there is a slight nerf for Sombra’s EMP. Its activation time has been increased from 0.2 to 0.35 seconds.

Also, a major bug has been fixed in which full damage was not dealt by abilities that rapidly gain/lose targets, such as fast-tracking with Zarya’s and Symmetra’s primary fire beams.

Players can read the complete patch notes for August 13 from here. Mentioned below are major patch highlights and new additions.


New Feature: Role Queue

Role Queue is an update to Overwatch’s matchmaking and queuing system that gives players the power to choose which role they play in games.

In Competitive Play, players choose their role before finding a game. The matchmaking system will create a team that is comprised of two tanks, two supports, and two damage heroes.

Upon entering the match, players select heroes to play within their chosen roles. At the end of a match, competitive players will return to the main menu and select their role before queuing into their next game.


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New Hero: Sigma (Tank)

Sigma is an eccentric astrophysicist and volatile tank who gained the power to control gravity in an orbital experiment gone wrong.

Manipulated by Talon and deployed as a living weapon, Sigma’s presence on the battlefield cannot be ignored.

Sigma launches two Hyperspheres (gravitic charges), which bounce off walls and implode after a short duration, damaging enemies within a sizable radius.


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Using Experimental Barrier he propels a floating barrier to a location of his choosing and he can dismiss the barrier at any time.

With Kinetic Grasp Sigma freezes incoming projectiles in midair, converting them into shields. Sigma uses Accretion to gather a mass of debris, then flings it at an enemy, knocking them down.

Unleashing his full powers with Gravitic Flux, Sigma takes flight, lifts enemies in a targeted area, and launches them into the sky before slamming them back down.

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Vaibhav Chawla

An avid follower of the latest technology & gaming trends. Looks for positivity & happiness around. Follows the mantra "Work Hard & Play Hard." A sports enthusiast, and Federer fan. I believe in myself & currently enjoying the journey of life.