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Blizzard Releases New Overwatch Hero to PTR

Moira was announced at BlizzCon over the weekend and is now live on the game’s public test realm.

The world needs heroes, and the newest support hero, Moira, has joined the ranks of Overwatch on the game’s public test realm on PC. Moira is a healer support hero who can do a tremendous amount of healing, as well as damage. Her fade ability gives her an impressive mobility boost, and her coalescence ability can heal her teammates while also bypassing pesky barriers to deal damage to the opposition. Overwatch game director, Jeff Kaplan said it best when he said, “Want to know how to spell Moira? OP AF.”

“Wielding both regenerative and degenerative technologies at her fingertips, Moira O’Deorain is Talon’s ambitious geneticist who seeks to rewrite the building blocks of humanity by any means necessary.

Moira’s cutting-edge capabilities make her a mobile healer and damage dealer capable of adapting to any situation. Her main attack is Biotic Grasp, which she can use to either heal allies or sap an enemy’s life force. Biotic Grasp’s primary fire sprays a cone of energy that heals all teammates within range, draining biotic energy while active, which will replenish slowly over time. Her alternate fire is a beam that tethers to the closest enemy, dealing damage and siphoning health. Draining her foes’ health regenerates Moira’s biotic energy even faster, allowing more healing for her allies.

Her Biotic Orb ability launches a sphere of energy that bounces around the battlefield, healing nearby allies or damaging enemies until it dissipates. Fade enables Moira to disappear out of sight and into the shadows, granting her a sprint and making her invulnerable for its duration. When Moira’s ultimate is ready to be unleashed, she can cast Coalescence—a powerful, long-range beam of chaotic energy that pierces through barriers to heal allies or damage enemies in its path.”

Ability Overview

Biotic Grasp

  • Using her left hand, Moira expends biotic energy to heal allies in front of her. Her right-hand fires a long-range beam weapon that saps enemies’ health, healing Moira and replenishing her biotic energy.

Biotic Orb

  • Moira launches a rebounding biotic sphere; she can choose between a regeneration effect that heals any allies it passes through or a decay effect that deals damage to enemies.

Fade

  • Moira quickly teleports a short distance.

Coalescence

  • Moira channels a long-range beam that both heals allies and bypasses barriers to damage her enemies.

The PTR also includes bug fixes and balancing changes to Ana and Mercy, boosting Ana’s Biotic Rifle from 60 to 70 and tweaking Mercy’s Resurrect and Valkyrie abilities. You can read the full PTR notes here.