Overwatch's 27th hero is Brigitte Lindholm, the support tank we've all been waiting for

by: Kinsey -
More On: Overwatch

Blizzard usually likes to take a bit of time to dangle teasers over our heads before releasing a hero for Overwatch, so it came as a bit of a surprise when we only had a few days to speculate before they announced Brigitte Lindholm as the game's next hero. (Granted, a lot of people figured it out right away, but that's neither here nor there.) A fair few of the current heroes function a bit as class crossovers, but we've yet to have a support/tank—that is, until Brigitte. 

Classified as a support hero, Brigitte is Torbjorn's youngest daughter and the first to show an interest in mechanical engineering, though she preferred to focus on armor rather than weaponry. Along the road she became Reinhardt's squire, tending to his armor and even the man himself, but eventually realized that the best way to protect him was to take up arms herself. Her kit, as told by Blizzard, follows:

  • Rocket Flail: Brigitte’s melee weapon has an extended range, enabling her to strike multiple enemies with a single swing.
  • Repair Pack: Brigitte throws a Repair Pack that can heal an ally. Any healing over that ally’s maximum health provides them with armor instead.
  • Whip Shot: Brigitte throws her flail a long distance, dealing damage and knocking an enemy away from her.
  • Barrier Shield: Brigitte deploys a frontal energy barrier to absorb a limited amount of damage.
  • Shield Bash: Once her Barrier Shield is deployed, Brigitte can dash forward to stun an enemy.
  • Inspire: When Brigitte hits enemies with her flail, she also heals nearby allies over time.
  • Rally: Brigitte moves faster and provides all nearby allies with armor that lasts until it’s removed by damage.

I'm personally excited by the addition of another support hero so soon after Moira, and hope that this can begin to fill the hole in my heart left by the Mercy nerfs (because if you thought I could get through a single article without bringing that up, then you're dead wrong).

If you want to try Brigitte out, she's on the PTR now, and you can find her developer update here

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