Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2018: What Did Santa Bring This Year?

It’s that magical time of year when Blizzard brushes off their seasonal cap and give us the gift of in game content with their Overwatch Winter Wonderland event. With this year, we will be getting a new batch of skins, emotes, poses, a patch update, and the return of fan favorite modes Yeti Hunter as well as Mei’s Snowball Offensive.

Each location will be tailor made for the holidays once again to offer that extra comfy feeling when activating your tactical visor including one of the latest maps, Blizzard World.

The latest patch that comes with the event not only fixes quite a bit of small bugs but also balances a few characters, mainly Ashe, Bastion, Brigitte, Doomfist, McCree, Soldier: 76, and Torbjorn.

Below is the list of character patches, you can view the full patch notes blog here:


  • B.O.B.
    • Bob will now have a golden tint when Ashe equips her golden weapon

Developer Comments: Our final technical audit on Ashe’s character package allowed us to implement a feature we talked about several times during Bob’s production. Making him part of Ashe’s golden weapon is a great way to celebrate our favorite Big Omnic Butler and let players show off their hard-earned Competitive Points each time they summon him onto the battlefield.


  • Configuration: Recon
    • Ammo increased from 25 to 35
  • Configuration: Sentry
    • Weapon spread decreased by up to 33% while firing

Developer Comments: Bastion could use a little bit of an offensive boost to balance out how vulnerable Configuration: Recon’s bulky size and Sentry’s stationary nature make it. As a reward for surviving in spite of these weaknesses, we gave Bastion a lower spread in Sentry mode to make it more effective at farther ranges than it was previously.


  • Shield Bash
    • No longer can travel or stun targets through barriers
    • Damage reduced from 50 to 5
  • Inspire
    • Cooldown reduced from 1.5 seconds to 1 second
    • Duration increased from 5 seconds to 6 seconds
    • Total healing increased from 80 to 100

Developer Comments: Brigitte’s Shield Bash is a strong ability that often feels difficult to counter. This change will offer new options for counter play, enabling shield tanks to better protect themselves and their teammates. Reducing its damage reduces her total stun combo damage potential while still allowing Whip Shot and her basic melee attacks to retain their full strength. Brigitte is a tank/healer hybrid, and lately we’ve been reducing her effectiveness by lowering the power of her non-healing functionality. We want to make sure she is still a viable pick, so we’re increasing the uptime of her Inspire passive ability to help improve her overall healing output.


  • Rising Uppercut
    • Loss of air control duration lowered from 3 seconds to 0.6 seconds
  • Seismic Slam
    • Maximum range reduced from 20 meters to 15 meters
    • Targets no longer lose air control while being pulled in
  • Meteor Strike
    • Inner ring damage radius increased from 1.5 meters to 2.0 meters
    • Outer ring maximum damage decreased from 300 to 200

Developer Comments: Doomfist’s high mobility allows him to engage and disengage from extremely long range. Decreasing the range of the targeted aerial version of Seismic Slam requires him to get closer before engaging an enemy and makes it slightly harder for him to escape from combat. The loss of air control on Rising Uppercut was a frustrating mechanic for players, but it allowed Doomfist to set up combos. We’ve found a decent middle ground by limiting the amount of time Doomfist has to line up his next move. The Meteor Strike changes will make it harder to secure easy eliminations on heroes without mobility abilities, such as Zenyatta or Ana, while still preserving its maximum potential damage when aimed well or when combined with other abilities such as Graviton Surge or Sleep Dart.


  • Peacekeeper
    • Alternate fire damage increased from 45 to 55

Developer Comments: McCree’s Fan the Hammer wasn’t as reliable against higher health heroes as it should be. Increasing its damage will make it more potent in close-range engagements where it is intended to be most effective.

Soldier: 76

  • Tactical Visor
    • No longer makes Helix Rockets lock onto enemies

Developer Comments: The intent of Tactical Visor is to make Soldier: 76 unable to miss during its duration. However, Helix Rockets have travel time, so if they were fired directly at an enemy after locking on they would often miss a moving target at further ranges. This change allows players to freely aim Helix Rockets while still auto-aiming his primary fire.


  • Molten Core
    • Damage increased from 130 to 160 per second

Developer Comments: While the Molten Core damage pools were intended to provide players with tools for area denial, they weren’t proving threatening enough to deter enemies for a significant amount of time because their damage was too low.

Overwatch: Winter Wonderland will be available from now until January 2nd, 2019.

To view some of the latest content such as skins, highlight intros, and emotes, you can get more details about the event on the official Overwatch page.