Overwatch’s next hero is Moira

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Overwatch Moira (2)

There’s a darkness coming to Overwatch. A force of science, unbound by morality and relentless in a quest for more knowledge. A dangerous new adversary who goes by the name of…Moira. While it’s not exactly the most fearsome of names, Overwatch’s next hero still brings plenty of firepower to the table, as Blizzard revealed their latest character at BlizzCon over the weekend.

Here’s the trailer showing Moira in action:

And via the Overwatch website, here’s a breakdown of a character who essentially plays as a dark mirror to the white hat of Mercy:

Overwatch Moira (1)

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 the 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.

So what’s the dealio, yo? If you were looking for backstory, then Moira’s origin is simple enough to understand. Frustrated by those pesky “ethics” thrust upon her research while she was working for Overwatch, Moira struck out on her own and soon found her genius in high demand from organisations such as TALON. “Overwatch held back the pace of scientific discovery for decades,” Moira says in the cinematic below.

They believed my methods were too radical, too controversial.

Interesting note: It appears as if Moira is to thank for Reaper’s deadly spooky arsenal. Take that, fan theory regarding Mercy being the scientist responsible. I like the idea of Moira. I don’t think she’s a villain in the traditional sense of the word, but it’s her pursuit of knowledge at any cost that paints her in a darker light. There’s no set date yet on when Moira will be available within Overwatch, but I’d keep an eye on 2018 for when this scientist starts throwing out some damage.

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Last Updated: November 6, 2017

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