An exploit found in the Overwatch‘s public test region makes the newly reworked Symmetra the game’s most powerful damage-dealer in the history by a long shot.
Reddit user dexausmelmac learned of the exploit from an earlier post on the site, and proceeded to put it to the test with a friend. As the user explains in a comment below the post, the exploit is performed by spamming the fire action of Symmetra’s reworked photon projector as fast as possible, preferably with the weapon fully charged. This outputs damage more quickly than it would by simply holding the fire button down. dexausmelmac explains that, by using a macro to max out registered fire repetitions, Symmetra can deal 49 damage every 4 frames, equating to an ungodly 735 damage per second.
To get a true idea of just how fast this can kill an enemy, dexausmelmac included a GIF in their post showing the killing of an another Symmetra with 1,000 hit points in a custom match. The GIF also depicts a timer to convey just how fast the character can now burn down health.
The Symmetra rework was added to Overwatch‘s PTR earlier this week, and she is now looking like a distinctly more efficient damage-dealer, even without exploits. The hero’s weapon no longer locks on, but it can build greater charge than before, as well as spin up her secondary fire faster. As can be seen in the GIF above, her new ultimate is an infinitely large wall that can block off huge sections of map, while her Teleport has been changed into a much more flexible standard ability.
The PTR’s Symmetra update, along with its other hero adjustments and new social features, do not yet have a release date, but they are expected to hit the full game in a week or two. Before the update lands, players can enjoy a double XP Overwatch weekend, running June 8th to June 11th.