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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

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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)

 

Orisa Activates 3/21/2017

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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

 

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

 

THE NEW CHALLENGER: ORISA

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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

 

Between an announcement that the Patch 1.8 PTR would be shutting down soon, and the discovery that 1.6gb of background data was getting pushed to the live client in advance of the patch, it’s pretty safe to assume that this week will see the recent PTR state becoming the new live game. Big elements of Patch 1.8 include the following: Capture The Flag is now a permanent fixture in Arcade Mode, with a number of additional maps modified for CTF. Some major changes to Bastion, widely considered to be numerous buffs. New option toggles for Mercy, Ana, Zarya, Zenyatta, Sombra, and Widowmaker. D.va’s Defense Matrix now eats projectiles instantly. NERF THIS! The Server Browser allows players to create custom games and host them for other players to find through searches. You wanna do a McCree headshots only map? You feel free, bro. Check out all the details on the patch

 

OVERHYPE: New Hero Teases Continue

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A new teaser this morning on the Overwatch twitter feed continues our hype train. OR15 defense units destroyed in confrontation with unidentified assailant at Numbani airport. No civilian casualties reported. pic.twitter.com/3XuXbCCugh — Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) February 24, 2017 After earlier reports this week that Efi Oladele is not the next hero, a lot of people are back to square one in terms of who our next combatant is going to be. A couple things to note about this image, however: The image credit at the bottom is Efi’s name, suggesting she was herself on the scene in the aftermath of the attack. There’s a “Peter Parker capturing exclusive photos of Spider-man” air to this, if you catch my meaning. The OR15 defense bots were referenced in Efi’s reveal interview, and this drives home that they are the defense force for the city of Numbani. A city predicated on harmony between

 

OVERHYPE: A New Challenger Approaches?

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Blizzard dropped an unexpected bomb on us today with a tease of a new character coming to the game: 11-year African inventor Efi Oladele. There are a few things that we can assume, and probably a few conclusions that we’ll certainly have up in the air until we see a preview of some other kind, but here’s what I’m getting so far from this post: Efi will likely be oriented around distributing and possibly remote-controlling drones across the map. (Note the over-ear headphones and visor on her head.) There will likely be a resource mechanic that governs how many drones Efi can have running at once. “Robots can be messy… and expensive.” Efi may be a new support: “I want to create things that make our lives better… something that can keep us safe.” If the drones provide enhancement or protection to allied heroes, that would certainly match with the

Game director Jeff Kaplan chats about Overwatch's upcoming server browser feature, detailing changes being made to Custom Games and discussing the future of Capture the Flag.

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