It’s pretty fitting that Moira is added to Overwatch’s live servers with the same patch that once again nerfs Mercy, giving healer players even more incentive to try out the newcomer.
After less than two weeks spent on the PTR, Moira has been added to the game proper far sooner than expected. The hybrid DPS/Healer arrives after a long period of time where the Support roster was understaffed and healing in the game was unanimously done with Mercy. So it’s a relief to see a new hero strengthen those ranks.
Moira was first announced at Blizzcon 2017 not too long ago, where a very early version of her was playable for attendees. Fans who couldn’t make it to the event didn’t have to wait long, however, as the Talon geneticist became playable on the PTR with her full set of skins very soon after.
In all honesty, we didn’t expect to see her on live this year, but Blizzard delivered.
The new character blends offensive and healing effects in all of her abilities. Each skill has two modes, one heals friendlies, while the other damages opponents. Moira’s weapons are built into her palms, and she switches hands and outfit color based on whether she’s mending wounds or dealing out punishment. Her primary attack siphons the life of her enemies to cause damage, heal herself and fill her resource used to activate healing abilities.
When in sticky situations, she can use her escape ability that lets her instantly teleport across short distances. It’s similar to Reaper’s ability, but her variant trades distance for no casting time. She can cause chaos on the battlefield with her damaging and healing orbs that bounce off surfaces, while her ultimate ability combines the contrasting effects into a single, powerful sustained beam that automatically heals or damages any player caught in it based on allegiance.
We’ve already got a complete Moira guide up here.
He legendary skins proved to be extremely popular among fans, with the David Bowie-inspired Glam skin being an instant favorite among fans. Moira’s not-too-clear resource management makes her a hero whom players require a high level of skill to play as effectively, but when in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing, she can be a force to be reckoned with.
The same patch also brought yet another Mercy nerf to the game, once again bringing the hammer down on her Resurrect ability, which continues to create annoying last-minute comebacks at a huge scale.
At the same time, Ana got a minor buff, which further shows that Blizzard is committed to balancing the healing scene in the game.
It will take a few days for the community to learn where Moira fits into the Overwatch meta, whether she’ll be an effective healer and whether Mercy will truly find a rival, like the two characters are in the lore. If you want to get a sense of the new hero, you can play as her in Overwatch now.