Overwatch 2 Unleashes Season 9: Champions – A Game-Changing Update with Hero Overhauls, Competitive Revamp, and Exciting Collaborations!

Overwatch 2 has just unveiled the comprehensive patch notes for Season 9: Champions, marking one of the most substantial updates since the game's launch. While no new heroes or maps are introduced this season, the overhaul to competitive mode, an eerie Battle Pass, and engaging in-game events, including a Cowboy Bebop collaboration, make Season 9 a noteworthy release. Set to go live on February 13 and expected to run until mid-April, the update promises significant changes.

Community manager Kaedi recently shared the extensive Overwatch 2 patch notes on the forum, shedding light on the substantial nature of Season 9. The update encompasses a revamped competitive play system, along with sweeping alterations to health, healing, and projectile mechanics that impact every character in the game.

Season 9 Emerges as a Landmark Update for Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 Unleashes Season 9: Champions – A Game-Changing Update with Hero Overhauls, Competitive Revamp, and Exciting Collaborations! 1

Every hero in Overwatch 2 experiences adjustments, whether it's an increase in health, damage, or projectile speeds. Notably, Pharah undergoes a substantial rework, acquiring a new dash boost ability called Jet Dash on her alt fire. Adjustments to her Hover Jets, Jump Jets, and Barrage abilities focus on reducing vertical movement while enhancing horizontal mobility. Combined with increased damage to her Concussive Blast, faster rockets, and additional health, these changes transform Pharah into a significantly different hero.

Some players may recognize elements of these changes from leaked Overwatch 2 patch notes that surfaced a few weeks before the official reveal. While many of the controversial alterations from the leaks prove accurate, the full patch notes exceed the magnitude hinted at by the leaks.

The Season 9 offerings extend beyond hero adjustments and competitive updates. Overwatch 2 introduces customizable crosshair options, enhancements to the progression and endorsement systems, and multiple bug fixes. Additionally, the Junkertown map, home to Overwatch 2's iconic characters like Junker Queen, Junkrat, and Roadhog, undergoes a makeover. The map features a new nighttime lighting theme, additional structures, and vehicles providing cover in the initial part of the map, and other tweaks to create a more forgiving environment for attackers. Overwatch 2 enthusiasts can delve into the complete Season 9: Champions patch notes below for a comprehensive overview of the upcoming changes.

WELCOME TO SEASON 9: CHAMPIONS

Season 9 brings core gameplay updates, a reworked Competitive game mode, and a new Co-op event that will test the courage of even the bravest heroes as they face a dangerous threat of cosmic proportions.

NEW EVENT: COSMIC CRISIS

Face off against eldritch abominations in the twisted reality of Cosmic Crisis, a brand-new co-op mission. Work with three other players to repair your ship and escape the ruins of Ecopoint Antarctica while fighting off the monstrous Null Sector. But keep an eye out for your teammates… an ancient power lurks in the shadows, waiting for its chance to strike.

COMPETITIVE PLAY UPDATES

Developer Comments: With your feedback, we’ve made new improvements to Competitive Play that aim to provide more transparency into your progress after every match, plus we introduced a new skill tier and new Competitive Rewards to earn.

Skill Rank Reset

Placement Matches

Competitive Updates

Skill Modifiers

New Skill Tier - Champion

Versus Screen

New Grouping Requirements

Art & UI Updates

Competitive Points

Competitive Progression

Competitive Rewards

Matchmaking Rating

Competitive Challenges

GENERAL UPDATES

PLAYER PROGRESSION

FRIEND ENDORSEMENTS

SETTINGS

CROSSHAIR UPDATE

New Reticle Types have been added.

New Reticle Dots have been added.

New Reticle color options have been added.

HERO UPDATES

GENERAL

Developer Comments: Season 9 features changes to the fundamentals of Overwatch 2 gameplay that affect every hero. We’ve heard the community feedback around some gameplay pain points, and these changes are in response to many of those.

Most damage-dealing projectile sizes have been increased by a new global modifier added to their base size.

Hero combined HP (base health/armor/shields) increased by 15-25%.

Ultimate Charge

Regenerative Passive for All Heroes

Support Role Passive

Damage Role Passive

Quick Melee

TANK

D.Va

Self Destruct

Doomfist

Rocket Punch

Junker Queen

Rampage

Mauga

Orisa

Ramattra

Reinhardt

Rocket Hammer

Charge

Roadhog

Sigma

Winston

Tesla Cannon

Primal Rage

Wrecking Ball

Zarya

Particle Cannon

DAMAGE

Ashe

B.O.B.

Bastion

Cassidy

Deadeye

Echo

Focusing Beam

Duplicate

Genji

Dragonblade

Swing recovery decreased from 0.9 to 0.7 seconds.

Hanzo

Storm Arrows

Junkrat

Frag Launcher

Mei

Pharah

Rocket Launcher

Jet Dash

Jump Jet

Concussive Blast

Barrage

Hover Jets

Developer Comments: Pharah has a significant update that empowers more individual plays and shifting her movement capabilities from high up in the air to more horizontal movement that can cover distance quickly.

Reaper

Sojourn

Railgun

Soldier: 76

Sombra

Symmetra

Photon Projector

Torbjörn

Tracer

Widowmaker

SUPPORT

Ana

Baptiste

Brigitte

Rocket Flail

Illari

Kiriko

Kunai

Lifeweaver

Lúcio

Soundwave

Mercy

Guardian Angel

Sympathetic Recovery passive

Moira

Biotic Grasp

Zenyatta

MAP UPDATES

JUNKERTOWN UPDATE

Developer Comments: We’ve added more cover—including new structures—to help counter some of the long sightlines around the first checkpoint. Additional changes in the third area allow attackers to push through certain chokes more easily.

BUG FIXES

GENERAL

MAPS

Antarctic Peninsula

King’s Row

Midtown

Shambali Monastery

HEROES

Doomfist

Echo

Lifeweaver

Lúcio

Mauga

Orisa

Roadhog

Sombra

Torbjörn

Winston

Zenyatta