OW2 Season 5 Patch Notes: general, competitive, and hero updates, more


With the release of the most recent OW2 Season 5 patch notes, be ready for an amazing array of new features, improvements, and balance adjustments.

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OW2 Season 5 Patch Notes have been revealed

By adding new gameplay components, areas, characters, and a longer narrative driven by a compelling plot, Overwatch 2 builds on the popularity of its predecessor. While maintaining the recognizable 6v6 team-based fights, the game also includes a cooperative Player versus Environment (PvE) mode where players can band together to complete objectives and engage AI-controlled foes.

Since its initial release, the game has received several upgrades and balancing changes to maintain fun and fair gaming which are noted in the patch notes. To improve the overall player experience, these updates frequently focus on bug patches, hero balancing, map adjustments, and other quality-of-life enhancements.

The OW2 Season 5 launch trailer, which showcased all the new content slated for the game, was recently released. And in addition to that, full OW2 Season 5 patch notes, which outline all the updates and enhancements arriving with the next season, have also been made public by the developers.

Check the complete OW2 Season 5 Patch Notes below.

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Join Tracer and her friends as they embark on an adventure in a fantasy-themed role-playing game.

As you progress through the Battle Pass, you’ll guide Tracer while she works to save the magical kingdom of Overland from the threat of Demon Lord Reinhardt, and become a powerful knight as you unlock her Mythic Adventurer skin!

More fun awaits in season 5, including our first-ever creator-made workshop game mode in the arcade, the return of Summer Games, and the introduction of Mischief and Magic, Overwatch’s 2 prop hunt game mode.



Lifeweaver unlocks challenges added.

Lifeweaver can now be unlocked by completing all his challenges!

Incomplete weekly challenges will no longer reset to zero. 100% of the progress made in weekly challenges in the previous week will be kept and carried over.

All weekly challenges requiring wins have been converted to “Complete games. Wins grant double progress.”

  • This change results in the required amounts becoming higher, but the average total number of games needed to complete the challenges has not.


Fire returns to highlight your incredible plays with these new features:

  • New State: BLAZING – What’s better than being On Fire? Being even more On Fire! A team’s most exceptional playmakers will now begin Blazing. Blazing cannot be maintained as easily as regular Fire, so you’ll need outstanding play to keep the heat on.
  • Reignited Visuals and Sound Effects – Fire returns to the hero portrait and the scoreboard with new animations. Fire makes its debut in the kill feed as well.
  • Catching Fire – Killing enemies that are On Fire grants Fire.
  • Fan the Flames – The Fire has spread to more than just Genji players. Beyond eliminations and damage, Fire comes from mitigated damage, saves, healing, assists, capturing/contesting objectives, boosted damage, and crowd control. Pay attention to which heroes on your team are On Fire and help them out to increase your Fire score.


Matchmaking Improvements

  • Added new matchmaker functionality that should create matches with a narrower range of player skills. The initial tuning of the system at the start of the season will not be aggressive, but we will be making continual tuning changes throughout the season.
  • The matchmaker now prioritizes placing similar groups with wide skill ranges into the same match, which means solo players will see a lower chance of being placed in those matches.

Matchmaking – Bug Fixes

  • Addressed some issues with backfills in Quick Play that could cause the backfill to take a long time or never occur.
  • Fixed an issue where the matchmaker sometimes initialized new players’ competitive MMRs to a value that did not reflect their skill. Players will continue to adjust to their accurate MMR as they continue to play.

FFA Player Skill Ratings – Bug Fixes

  • We recently noted a major issue that affected how the matchmaker updated the internal ratings representing player skill in our “free for all” game modes, such as Deathmatch, where players are not on a team. This issue resulted in incorrect skill ratings that could create longer queue times and worse match quality than expected.
  • The underlying issue causing incorrect updates has now been addressed, but unfortunately, these skill ratings are no longer meaningful. The best way forward is to do a complete reset of the FFA MMR used by these specific game modes. After this reset, match quality is expected to be suboptimal until players are able to play more games of Deathmatch. We do not take this action lightly, but it is the best course for the future.

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  • Players that did not play any matches during the previous competitive season will become Inactive. Inactive players do not have a visible Skill Tier and Division.
  • Each role in Role Queue can become Inactive separately, while in Open Queue, a player only has one rank that can become Inactive. Once an Inactive player returns and achieves a Competitive Update after winning five games, their Skill Tier and Division will become visible again.


  • Competitive Mystery Heroes returns for an entire season of randomized hero action! The competitive challenges are also back, providing mysterious titles and competitive points.


  • Improved how the matchmaker computes its initial skill estimation, aka “MMR,” for a player queuing for their first competitive game.




  • Ultimate cost increased by 15%.

Commanding Shout

  • Temporary health reduced from 200 to 150.


Take a Breather

  • Now amplifies healing received by 50% for 2.5 seconds after finishing Take a Breather.


Magnetic Grenade

  • No longer has a maximum projectile travel range of 10 meters.
  • The projectile now magnetizes toward an enemy target from 1.5 meters away and chases them for up to 1 second.
  • Impact damage increased from 0 to 10.
  • Explosion damage reduced from 120 to 70.
  • Stuck targets now have their movement slowed by 30%.
  • Stuck targets are now affected by a “Hindered” status effect, interrupting and preventing movement abilities from being activated.


Sonic Arrow

  • Impact sound effect now plays for enemies.
  • Visual effect is now briefly visible to enemies when first deployed.

Storm Bow

  • Maximum damage reduced from 125 to 120.


Endothermic Blaster

  • Damage per second reduced from 100 to 55.
  • Primary fire slow is no longer always 40% and now scales from 30-50%.
  • Primary fire impacts now build up to a slowing effect that sticks to the enemy target for 1.5 seconds and slows them for 75%.
  • Secondary fire impacts can detonate this new slow effect, dealing an additional 40 damage.


Wraith Form

  • Can no longer be activated while affected by mobility-locking effects (Magnetic Grenade, Steel Trap, Graviton Surge, etc.).


Pulse Pistols

  • Spread increased by 15%.


Widow’s Kiss

  • Scoped shot damage falloff min-max range reduced from 70-100 to 40-60 meters.
  • Scoped shot maximum damage falloff scalar increased from 30 to 50%.



  • Petal ornaments on his back have had their size and hit volume reduced by 10%.

Healing Blossom

  • Maximum healing increased from 65 to 75.

Thorn Volley

  • Damage per projectile increased from 5 to 6.
  • Projectile radius increased from 0.1 to 0.125.
  • Ammo increased from 60 to 70.

Petal Platform

  • Walkable area increased by 15%.
  • Area to trigger lift now shrinks from a radius of 2 to 0.75 meters after initial placement.

Life Grip

  • Cooldown reduced from 20 to 16 seconds.
  • Now heals the target ally for 50 health.

Tree of Life

  • Ultimate cost increased by 8%.



  • Can no longer be activated while affected by mobility-locking effects (Magnetic Grenade, Steel Trap, Graviton Surge, etc.).

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OW2 Season 5 – MAP UPDATE


New lighting scheme – Overcast


New lighting scheme – Evening


  • Completely redesigned the final defender spawn area
  • Added an exit route from the forward defender spawn
  • Route adjustments and changes made around first capture point outside of the hangar
  • Covers and route adjustments made inside the hangar

OW2 Season 5 – BUG FIXES


  • Fixed Lifeweaver platform ping VO not playing.
  • Fixed ping stems not appearing for Last Seen pings with no line of sight.
  • Fixed Lifeweaver Tree and Platform from appearing as enemies when directly pinged by allies.
  • Disabled ping wheel movement shortcut for controller.
  • Disabled locking the crosshair in place for controller when the Ping Wheel Press Delay is active.
  • Fixed performance issues some consoles were experiencing.
  • Healing projectiles now make contact with targets who are phased out (i.e., Moira’s Fade).
  • Fixed an issue with on Ultrawide monitors that resulted in black bars appearing on the edges of the screen.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the end of match flow not playing for Top 500 players.
  • Fixed the issue that caused Antarctic Peninsula’s image to be missing from its entries in the History menu.


  • Due to a bug, we temporarily need to change the audio reverb settings used throughout the game to an alternate method. We hope to have this fixed in an upcoming patch.



  • Fixed an area of the map that allowed players to leave the playable space.


  • Fixed some haybales that did not correctly block D.Va Self-Destruct damage.

King’s Row

  • Fixed a bug that allowed some gameplay elements to be placed inside the bus and taxi.

Lijiang Tower

  • Fixed an area in Night Market that allowed players to stand outside of intended map boundaries.
  • Fixed a location that allowed Torbjorn to almost completely hide his turret.


  • Fixed some drums on the map that players could become stuck on.


  • Fixed the vines hanging above the tunnel (the one just before the final point) having collision and blocking projectiles and explosives.


  • Fixed several areas Kiriko could become stuck when using Swift Step.



  • Fixed a bug with Sleep Dart not counting toward the Accuracy stat when performed as the final blow.


  • Fixed a bug with Immortality Field not correctly displaying its active cooldown through Hero swaps.


  • Fixed an issue that allowed stunned targets of Rocket Punch to escape the stun early by jumping after being hit.
  • Fixed an interaction between Tree of Life and Meteor Strike that allowed Doomfist to be healed while not in the field of play.
  • Fixed an interaction that resulted in Doomfist’s Rocket Punch doing no damage to Lifeweaver’s Petal Platform.
  • Fixed an issue with Powerblock not reducing the area of effect damage correctly.
  • Fixed an issue with Powerblock was being incorrectly applied to Junkerqueen’s Bleed.


  • Fixed a bug with D.Va’s primary fire increasing its rate of fire when it was set to the mouse wheel.


  • Fixed an interaction with Duplicate destroying the duplicated ultimates when Duplicate ends (Symmetra and Wrecking Ball).
  • Healing effects that were started during Echo’s ultimate will now continue to heal Echo after the ultimate has ended.
  • Fixed a bug where a duplicated Lifeweaver’s Tree of Life would not heal anyone after Echo’s ultimate had ended.
  • Fixed a bug with Sticky Bombs not detonating if used right after Duplicate ends.


  • Life Grip will now correctly nudge targets around payload obstacles.
  • Healing Blossom and Life Grip targeting now consider both the head and chest of the target as a valid line of sight, allowing targeting around vertical obstructions, such as payloads, to be more consistent.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Petal Platform from being used if Secondary Fire was set as the confirmation input.
  • Fixed a bug with Life Grip not consistently pulling allies onto ledges if Lifeweaver was airborne.
  • Fixed an issue where Life Gripped allies falling off the map would still die to the death plane.
  • Fixed the issue that resulted in a friend Lifeweaver’s Petal Platform highlighting red when pinged.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Lifeweaver’s footsteps from playing sound when crouched.
  • Resolved a bug that prevented the Tree of Life from being placed on an enemy Torbjorn turret (it now destroys the turret).
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Tree of Life to be attached to the Pushbot and pulled along.


  • Resolved an issue with Resurrect not retaining cooldown through Hero swaps.
  • Fixed a bug where Mercy wasn’t properly resetting her Guardian Angel cooldown when entering Valkyrie.


  • Fixed a bug where Orisa would use the animation for receiving critical shots for all damage received.


  • Resolved an interaction with Nemesis Form and Annihilation that sometimes resulted in the ultimate not performing damage and lifesteal.
  • Fixed an issue where Block was being incorrectly applied to Junkerqueen’s Bleed.
  • Fixed a bug with block that prevented it from correctly stacking with Ana’s Nanoboost.


  • Modified the screen effect applied by an enemy Sojourn’s Disruptor Shot to apply more accurately, making it easier to tell when you’re taking damage.


  • The translocator can no longer stick to loose objects on the map (i.e., Basketball).
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra from Hacking Petal Platforms in FFA Deathmath.


  • Fixed an interaction between Lifeweaver and Torbjorn’s turrets that allowed them to be placed on walls.


  • Fixed a bug with the ‘Set Ability Cooldown/Charge/Resource’ not working for all abilities.
  • Fixed a bug where the ‘Communicate’ Action did not work.
  • Fixed a bug where ‘Set Ability 1 Enabled’ Action did not work for Orisa.
  • ‘Set Ammo’ and ‘Set Max Ammo’ was not working for all heroes, but we have fixed this issue.
  • The ‘Is Communicating’ Condition is now functional.

FAQs on OW2 Season 5

When does OW2 Season 5 release?

According to the in-game countdown on the current Battle Pass, the OW2 Season 5 release date is June 13, 2023.

What’s new in OW2 Season 5?

The new OW2 Season 5, which has a D&D-inspired theme, debuts along with a significant upgrade, a revamped Battle Pass, new game modes, skins, and a tonne of other new features.
Tracer, Emily, Orisa, and other characters come together for a role-playing session in the fantasy realm of Overland in the Questwatch Battle Pass tale in OW2 Season 5.

When will Summer Games return to Overwatch 2?

On July 11, Summer Games will return to Overwatch 2. The OW2 Season 5 debut trailer contains a brief glimpse of Winston’s Beach Volleyball, a new game mode for Summer Games 2023.

Will OW2 Season 5 feature a new hero?

There will be some entertaining content, but some fans may be disappointed that OW2 Season 5 will not feature a new hero or map. However, Season 6 will include co-op story objectives and both a new map and a support hero.

What time does OW2 season 5 release?

According to different time zones, OW2 Season 5 will launch at
10 AM PT

We will update you with the new information, so keep following Gamevro.

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