After a week being disabled in Overwatch’s competitive game mode, Blizzard made Doomfist live in the competitive mode starting Thursday, according to a post from Overwatch’s official Twitter account.
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) August 3, 2017
Doomfist went live in the game July 27 after a period of testing, but as is tradition for new hero releases, he was disabled in competitive play. To many players’ joy or dismay, people can now play the new punch-happy hero with skill ratings on the line.
Doomfist was introduced in the game’s Public Test Realm on July 6, along with an animated video teasing what kind of role he plays in the world of Overwatch. His abilities — unsurprisingly — are centered around his massive gauntlet, and he is classified as an offensive hero as players are incentivized to get into the enemy back line and deal as much damage as they can with his gauntlet.
Lore-wise, Doomfist hails from Nigeria and holds the belief that humanity can only grow stronger through conflict. He wishes to lift humanity to a higher level through it. This put him at odds with Overwatch, a global peacekeeping force, and it was none other than Winston who put Doomfist behind bars, as fans learned upon his introduction.
As a prominent leader of the mercenary group Talon in the Overwatch universe, he has recently been broken out of his containment unit by Reaper, and has reclaimed his gauntlet. Questions surrounding Doomfist sparked again recently after a teaser was released before the official announcement. Although Terry Crews lobbied to do the voice of Doomfist, it was revealed the actor behind the character’s voice was Sahr Ngaujah.
Doomfist has been a much anticipated new hero for the game, as although he does seem to add to the dreaded “Dive Comp,” his kit also allows to deter enemy dive compositions with his ultimate ability. Whether or not he will be able to shake up the meta or not remains to be seen.
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