Overwatch’s Symmetra Full Rework Now Available In PTR, Class Change

Overwatch's Symmetra

It’s no secret that Overwatch’s Symmetra is seemingly overpowered at times, especially in one-on-one situations where you don’t have the right hero to face her. This is likely due to her Photon Projector having the ability to lock onto targets without having to follow them. Thankfully, massive changes are on the way. As someone who has been enjoying/hating Competitive Deathmatch lately, I welcome these changes with open arms.

With the complete rework, which is currently live in the Public Test Realm (PTR), Overwatch’s Symmetra has also changed class. Instead of being a Support hero, she will now be Defense. You can see all of the changes to Symmetra, as outlined on Blizzard’s forums, below:


  • New Abilities

Photon Projector

  • No longer locks onto targets
  • Range increased to 10 meters
  • Damage ramping now takes 2 seconds per damage level instead of 1 second
  • Damage ramp increased from 30/60/120 to 60/120/180
  • Now generates ammo instead of spending it when hitting a barrier

Alternate Fire

  • No longer pierces targets
  • Now explodes on contact
  • Projectile speed increased
  • Charge up speed increased
  • Damage changed to 60 impact / 60 explosive

Sentry Turret

  • Turret is now placed like a projectile instead of being set in place
  • Can hold a max of 3, down from 6
  • Can now deploy a max 3, down from 6
  • Damage increased
  • Amount of slowing effect increased


  • Can now place the exit up to 25 meters away from Symmetra
  • Entrance will automatically be built in front of Symmetra, rather than at her team’s spawn point
  • Lasts 10 seconds
  • Health lowered to 300
  • More things can teleport through it (e.g. Junkrat’s RIP-Tire)
  • Entrance can be destroyed
    If either the entrance or exit is destroyed, the other is removed

New Ultimate: Photon Barrier

  • Deploys a barrier that is big enough to span and cut through an entire map
  • Orientation can be changed by pressing the ultimate button again
  • Has 5000 health

While the changes detailed above clearly make Overwatch’s Symmetra more powerful, it will take a little more effort on the player’s part without the auto-lock. The reworked hero is currently live in the PTR, so get on over there and try out the new abilities. Overwatch is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming news going on right now, check out the following:

What say you, heroes? Are you glad to see these changes implemented for Overwatch’s Symmetra? Do you believe she never belonged in the Support category to begin with? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7! You can also hear more about Symmetra’s rework in the video below:

Eric Garrett2269 Posts

Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.


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