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The newest addition to Overwatch, Tank hero Orisa, has arrived in all versions of the game. Based in Numbani and built from scraps of OR15 defense robots destroyed by Doomfist and rebuilt by robotics genius Efi Oladele, Orisa is a medium difficulty character who brings a Fusion Driver cannon and protective shielding to aid her allies in combat. She also has a short term ability to reduce her own incoming damage and become invulnerable to action-impairing effects. To slow down the opposing team her Halt! ability launches a graviton charge which, when detonated, slows her enemies and pulls them in toward the explosion. Her ultimate ability, Supercharger, deploys a device to increase damage dealt by her team as long as they remain within sight of the device. Her full background is available on the official Overwatch website or check out our breakdown, available here. Let us know what you think of the latest ...

 

Overwatch PTR: Lucio Gets Reworked

by JR Cook on

A new patch has hit the PTR and and the big news of this one appears to be the changes coming to Lucio. You will notice that the area of effect Lucio has is significantly decreased, but his healing is significantly increased. This is meant to reward teams who are sticking together while teams that have a lot of flankers won’t benefit very well with Lucio. His wall riding and boop ability have greater impact though for players that have mastered that portion of Lucio’s gameplay. The other major change is on the Eichenwalde map where there is a new path that connects the attacking team’s spawn area to the capture point. No more choke point on that map. You can read the full changes below (or try them out as this is currently live on the PTR)...

You know what they say: The world could always use more heroes! On The Payload, your hosts John, Rosh, and Jimmy will look at all things Overwatch: News, Esports, gameplay, and more. Join the crew every Thursday for the live stream, or download our audio episodes Fridays! This week on The Payload: Orisa activates March 21st Jeff Kaplan goes to Reddit for an AMA. Echo Fox could be joining Overwatch League. The Alienware Monthly Melee takes place this weekend. The $15,000 PIT Championship will take place over the next month. In this week’s strategy section, we discuss what we feel are key ladder climbing tips. Also please take some time to support Jake who made our awesome music over at: jakebutineau.ca We’re on Patreon! If you like the show an want to support, head on over to patreon.com/payloadpodcast to learn more! This week we would like to thank our MVP’s, Adam B., Jay ...

 

Orisa Activates 3/21/2017

by JR Cook on

You’ve been playing her on PTR and starting next week, you’ll be able to play Orisa on the live servers. The 24th Overwatch hero will activate Tuesday March 21 and the Overwatch team put together a nice little video discussing the design process behind Orisa. It will be interesting to see how Orisa, just a few days old, will fit in with Overwatch as we watch her grow in the game. You can watch the full video below...

You know what they say: The world could always use more heroes! On The Payload, your hosts John, Rosh, and Jimmy will look at all things Overwatch: News, Esports, gameplay, and more. Join the crew every Thursday for the live stream, or download our audio episodes Fridays! This week on The Payload: A new Overwatch Comic is out. Ana gets nerfed and then (mostly) unnerfed. Jeff Kaplan writes to the community about XP farmers in the Custom Game Browser. Luminosity signs the former Hammers Esports roster. Hammers Esports picks up The Chavs. Washington D.C. and NRG partner up to bring a $65m 4200-seat esports arena. APEX Season 2 goes into the playoffs. Also please take some time to support Jake who made our awesome music over at: jakebutineau.ca We’re on Patreon! If you like the show an want to support, head on over to patreon.com/payloadpodcast to learn more! This week we would like ...

 

Orisa Day One Impressions

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Hero #24, now identified as Orisa, has entered the PTR and she is remarkable. Before we get into too much detail though, let’s run down her vital stats and abilities. Orisa has 400 HP, 200 of which is Armor. Her primary weapon is Fusion Driver, which sports a 200-round clip. It has a fast rate of fire in a tight spread, and no apparent damage drop-off over range, so she’s highly accurate and quite damaging if she can concentrate fire. Similar to D.va, her movement speed decreases noticeably if she fires while moving, and her reload time is very long compared to other heroes (around 2.5-3 seconds). Secondary fire for the Fusion Driver is a graviton charge (called Halt!), which fires a larger projectile (which doesn’t use any of her ammo) that will pull nearby targets towards it when it strikes a solid surface. Note that the graviton charge doesn’t ...

You know what they say: The world could always use more heroes! On The Payload, your hosts John, Rosh, and Jimmy will look at all things Overwatch: News, Esports, gameplay, and more. Join the crew every Thursday for the live stream, or download our audio episodes Fridays! This week on The Payload: It’s all about Orisa. Also please take some time to support Jake who made our awesome music over at: jakebutineau.ca We’re on Patreon! If you like the show an want to support, head on over to patreon.com/payloadpodcast to learn more! This week we would like to thank our MVP’s, Adam B., Jay A., Correl, and Tomi H. We stream ourselves recording the show live every week over at www.twitch.tv/blizzpro Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Pacific. If you have questions for the show, e-mail us at thepayload@blizzpro.com, or come find us on Twitter: @PayloadPodcast, @kickedtripod, @F2K_OkayItsRosh, and @djtyrant. We also greatly appreciate your support ...

 

Overwatch: Orisa

by Aaron "BLU3" on

Efi spent the bulk of her grant money to acquire one of the decommissioned OR15 bots. She believed that Numbani needed a protector and that an upgraded OR15 could do just that. Efi repaired and reconfigured the robot and installed a personality core that she had designed herself.
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THE NEW CHALLENGER: ORISA

by Crow on

In a sudden blitzkrief of activity, we now know our new playable hero: Orisa, the brainchild of Efi Oladele. Orisa’s Origin story and a developer update from wrestlemania legend Jeff Kaplan have both gone live, and Orisa is also playable on the PTR. More information and analysis on Orisa is forthcoming. We’ll keep you update....

 

OVERHYPE: Efi Gets To Work

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A new image on the official Twitter feed shows us Efi’s checklist: Genius grant recipient and Numbani local Efi Oladele posts curious image on her holovid channel, declaring: "Time to get to work!" pic.twitter.com/lQSzzD5ZT5 — Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) February 27, 2017 Let’s try to unpack everything here, starting with the items on the list: OR-15 chassis: The OR-15s are Numbani’s defense robots, a bunch of which just got junked by someone at the Numbani airport. Branford arm: This is a mystery currently, since it doesn’t appear to refer to a current mechanical model of some kind. Fusion driver: I’m assuming this isn’t a high-class golf club, but instead a high-powered (fusion-powered?) tool of some sort. Miniature Tolbelstein reactor: The “Tolbelstein reactor” probably refers to the Tobelstein reactor that powers Zarya’s particle cannon. The paint color palette is self-explanatory, but more importantly, it doesn’t match the appearance of any mechanized hero ...

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