Orisa, Overwatch's 24th hero, will be heading to live servers tomorrow. But it turns out that she won't be available for play in the game's competitive ladders until one week later, on March 28th.
Said Scott Mercer, Overwatch's principal designer:
When patch 1.9 releases tomorrow, Orisa will not initially be available for Competitive Play. We want to give players some time to learn about and play Orisa before she's placed into the crucible of Competitive Play.
She'll still be immediately available in Quick Play, the Arcade (including custom games with the competitive ruleset), and Play vs. AI.
No worries, then, that players who don't know how to use Orisa will be messing up your competitive matches and losing you that precious Skill Rating. Likely an easy way to cut toxicity off at the knees.
For those not in the know, Orisa is the robot invention of child prodigy Efi Oladele. Orisa was built from the remains of the OR-15 defender units in Numbani that were destroyed in an attack by Doomfist.
She's designed to be an "anchor tank," much like Reinhardt, but also offers quite a few support and engagement abilities that should set your team up for consistent ult usage. Not to mention her Fortify ability, which makes her temporarily impervious to crowd control effects. Her protection barrier is a portable version of Reinhardt's shield, though not quite as strong nor versatile - it makes an effective stopgap measure and should be a favorite for flex players choosing a more support-style tank.
Orisa will go live with the rest of Overwatch patch 1.9 tomorrow. If previous patches have been any indication, this should be fairly early on in the day, likely just around lunchtime.
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