With BlizzCon set to begin in mere hours, it appears that one of the flagship reveals has been spoiled by whatever underpaid intern is running the Nintendo Switch news posts.
A post for their Overwatch 2 content has openly revealed the incredible pillar of badassery that is Mauga, a hulking Samoan packing not one, but two massive miniguns.
Not content with showing off his shirtless excellence, the post also includes a general overview of what to expect from his kit of abilities in anticipation of a preview weekend where you can actually play the smiling Samoan:
Mauga features a kit that is designed to bash through the front lines and brawl his opponents in close-quarter combat, by wielding two powerful Chainguns that can either be fired individually or in unison. Ignite enemies with hisIncendiary Chaingun “Gunny” to burn them when they take enough damage, then finish them with a critical hit from his Volatile Chaingun “Cha-Cha.” Paired with his Berserker Passive, which grants Mauga temporary health whenever he deals critical damage, he’s a mountain on the battlefield.
Mauga’s not just a leading star–he also brings a host of new abilities to support his team as well. Mauga can break his way through the front lines with Overrun, a charging ability that cannot be stopped by any crowd control abilities, and stomps into opponents dealing a powerful knockback. When the fight gets intense for his team, he has Cardiac Overdrive to engage both of his hearts and create an aura that reduces incoming damage, allowing allies to heal themselves while dealing damage.
Finally, when he really wants to tango up close with his foes, Mauga can unleash Cage Fight, his ultimate ability. Cage Fight traps nearby opponents in a cylindrical fighting ring. This barrier blocks enemy incoming damage or healing from the outside, forcing those trapped inside to face Mauga with Gunny, Cha Cha, and the barrage of infinite ammunition. If you can’t take him down quickly, the last thing you might see is his charming smile.
A charming smile, a gun named “Gunny” and a literal cage match. Beyond packing some fun abilities, Mauga is also packing a serious vibe that I can’t wait to see drop into Overwatch 2.
If everything shown so far is accurate, players will be able to jump in and play as Mauga as early as this weekend, starting Nov 3 through to Sunday Nov 5 as part of a sneak peek at Overwatch 2’s season 8 content.
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