Throughout Blizzard’s opening ceremony at Blizzcon 2023, first particulars have been shared on what’s coming in season 8 and past in Overwatch 2. Among the many plethora of recent content material is a trio of recent heroes. Whereas the brand new heroes every match into the Tank, Help, and Harm roles, solely the most recent Tank position, Mauga, was given a full have a look at his upcoming package. Whereas onsite at Blizzcon 2023, we went hands-on with the twin chaingun-wielding Samoan in dwell gameplay on Xbox Collection X.
For a fast recap on the newest Tank’s skills, this is what gamers can anticipate with Mauga’s package. His major and secondary weapons every deal comparable injury on their very own and pull from the identical 300-round ammo provide however every deal totally different mechanics that work greatest in tandem. His major, Incendiary Chaingun, will ignite enemies after hitting them with sufficient photographs on track (no less than ten photographs from preliminary testing). Conversely, his secondary Risky Chaingun will deal crucial injury to burning enemies. Combining the 2 collectively, you may burn an enemy down from full well being in a matter of seconds, no pun supposed. To steadiness this, his accuracy instantly goes down the drain and hitting something that is not in melee vary will in all probability miss its supposed mark.
That being mentioned, few heroes might deal with the complete brunt of of even a pair seconds of stress from each chainguns firing in tandem until they have been one other Tank class in Overwatch 2. Towards one other Mauga within the coaching degree, it will take six seconds with simply the first chaingun and roughly 190 bullets. Comparatively, holding down each major and secondary assaults would burn down all 500 of Mauga’s well being in seventy-five rounds and barely greater than two seconds. Since each weapons share the identical ammunition pool, that 300 spherical capability can burn down rapidly below concentrated hearth. Every weapon takes roughly 17 seconds to empty the complete capability when firing on their very own, or simply 7 seconds with each being fired collectively. Fairly unsurprising for the girth of his chainguns, Mauga can reload again as much as full capability in simply two seconds. And in case you have been questioning, Mauga’s named his twin instruments of destruction Gunny and Cha-Cha, respectively.
The primary of Mauga’s Tank capacity package is Overrun, an unstoppable cost ahead that ends with a stomp that may launch enemies within the air. Throughout our group interview with 4 of Overwatch 2’s growth group, they hinted that ending the cost straight on an enemy would stun them quickly. Moreso than that, stopping the cost on a weakened enemy Reaper would deal sufficient injury to kill them outright. If not, then they’d be shocked simply lengthy sufficient for Mauga’s chainguns to complete the job. Being an unstoppable capacity, even when Mauga is hit by Ana’s sleep dart, he’ll proceed on. There’s additionally a restricted capacity to steer left and proper slightly than only a static ahead cost. Overrun nonetheless has some kinks to work out, particularly with getting tripped up over stairs or bumping into different objects within the atmosphere to cease his cost.
Mauga’s different energetic capacity, Cardiac Overdrive, turns the Samoan titan into all three roles directly in Overwatch 2. Whereas dealing the identical injury as at all times, Mauga drops an AoE aura that can scale back the injury taken and supply a lifesteal impact that heals any ally inside the barrier. For Mauga himself, it is not sufficient to heal over sustained injury by itself however can present a a lot wanted aid when attempting to carry the payload whereas the group’s healer will get again into place. And for those who’re a Reaper major, Cardiac Overdrive will stack together with his signature passive therapeutic capacity.
Shields and non permanent well being are a signature a part of protecting Tank roles alive in Overwatch 2 and Mauga’s package permits him to achieve that non permanent well being by dealing crucial injury. Merely put, this passive is designed particularly to work with attacking with each chainguns and dealing that assured crucial injury to enemies on hearth.
Mauga’s signature final, Cage Struggle, drops a barrier round his place and locks anybody that is entered the barrier and prevents them from leaving. On the similar time, Mauga positive factors infinite ammo for so long as he’s contained in the barrier. The barrier continues to exist even with out Mauga residing inside, so even when he dies or will get pulled out by a Lifeweaver’s Life Grip, the final word will final till expiration. It will block any kind of outdoors interruption, so no incoming injury or therapeutic can move by inside. Nevertheless, the barrier solely goes up so excessive so lobbing grenades over the sting of barrier is straightforward to do and a poorly timed ult will give Pharah the chance to take Mauga out like fish in a barrel.
The limited-time alternative to get hands-on with Mauga will solely final by November fifth, earlier than he will get vaulted till the start of Season 8. When Season 8 launches, gamers can unlock Mauga by unlocking degree 45 on the usual Battle Move, or immediately by buying the Premium Battle Move. Overwatch 2 is out there now the PlayStation and Xbox households of consoles, PC, and Nintendo Change whereas Season 8 begins on December fifth, 2023.