After almost a year of lore teasers, references, and speculation about who will voice him when he comes out, Doomfist became available in the PTR in early July and joined the live game on Thursday. His abilities all center around his giant gauntlet on his left hand, which is his namesake. He can rocket punch forward through barriers, knock people up with an uppercut, pull enemies closer to him while he’s in the air, and as an ultimate, jump into the air and slam down, knocking down all enemies in an area and dealing damage to them.
Lore-wise, Doomfist hails from Nigeria, and he holds the belief that humanity can only grow stronger through conflict. He wishes to lift humanity to a higher level through it. That put him at odds with Overwatch, a global peace keeping force, and it was none other than Winston that put Doomfist behind bars.
As a prominent leader of the mercenary group Talon in the Overwatch universe, he recently broke out of his containment unit with the help of Reaper, and he has reclaimed his gauntlet. More details of his lore were released through an animated short.
Then came the release of a digital comic covering what Doomfist and Talon have been up to since his release from prison, which also had the fans wondering if the outfits featured in the comic will see releases as skins.
Although Doomfist seems to be adding to the currently stagnant dive meta with his abilities, there have been examples of players using him as a way to deter enemy dives, as his ultimate serves a crowd control effect in an area, stopping a dive in its tracks. There is still much experimentation to be done, however, as he could potentially be a mainstay in professional play as well.
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