Overwatch’s Hero 30 Is Baptiste, Out Now On PTR

Following a tease and then a story trailer, Blizzard has officially taken the wraps off the 30th hero in Overwatch, named Baptiste. As detailed in his origin story, Baptiste is a combat medic who joined the mercenary group Talon due to a lack of other career opportunities, but he abandoned them and has been wandering the world trying to help people ever since.

In Overwatch, that do-gooding involves a variety of experimental equipment and a mixture of solid offense and defensive tools. As a support class, he’s great at keeping his allies alive and buffing them at key moments.

Baptiste’s primary weapon is the Medic SMG, a three-round burst rifle. His secondary fire is a Biotic Launcher that heals allies near the blast area. His Exo Boots let him jump extra-high by charging first in a crouch. He can trigger a Regenerative Burst that heals himself and nearby allies. His Immortality Field deploys a device that keeps all allies from dying (or dropping below 20% health) for a set time, as long as the device itself isn’t destroyed.

Finally, Baptiste’s Ultimate ability is called the Amplification Matrix. It creates a window-like field that doubles any damage or healing effects from your allies’ projectiles. As long as you aim it well and coordinate with your team, you can turn some standard abilities and attacks into extra-deadly ones.

Baptiste is now live on Blizzard’s Public Test Realm (PTR) on PC, the server where the company puts new heroes and maps through their paces before public release. Access to the PTR is free, though, so you can try him out by selecting «PTR: Overwatch» from the region select menu in Battlenet. Or, you can just wait for him to become available publicly on all platforms.

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