Overwatch medic Baptiste brings his biotic launcher to the PTR

Here’s a rundown of his death-defying abilities

I can never have enough support heroes in Overwatch, especially ones who lob projectiles out of a biotic launcher. The game has finally hit the big Three-Oh with Baptiste, “an elite combat medic armed with an arsenal of experimental healing devices.” PC players can now test him out on the Overwatch PTR.

As demonstrated in this overview video, Baptiste has more than a few tricks up his sleeve.

  • Biotic Launcher: Baptiste’s three-round-burst Biotic Launcher rewards accuracy and recoil control with significant damage output. It also doubles as a healing device, lobbing projectiles that heal allies near the point of impact.
  • Regenerative Burst: Baptiste activates an intense regenerative burst that heals himself and nearby allies over time.
  • Immortality Field: Baptiste uses a device to create a field that prevents allies from dying. The generator can be destroyed.
  • Exo Boots: By first crouching, Baptiste can jump higher.
  • Amplification Matrix (Ultimate): Baptiste creates a matrix that doubles the damage and healing effects of friendly projectiles that pass through it.

It’s going to take some time to figure out when and where to deploy the Immortality Field and the Amplification Matrix to get the most bang for your buck, but those abilities will be devastating in the right hands. My mind is already reeling thinking about how Baptiste can complement the roster.

For the time being, seeing Baptiste and Tracer melt Roadhog brings me pure joy.

Along with the new hero, Blizzard has numerous hero changes in today’s PTR update. To rattle off some examples, Ana’s Nano Boost offers a less potent healing effect, Hanzo’s Sonic Arrow has a larger detection radius, Orisa moves a bit faster while firing, Widowmaker’s Infra-Sight vanishes when she dies, and Wrecking Ball’s Adaptive Shield doesn’t cancel when he rolls. There’s a lot to take in.

Jordan Devore
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