I get it. Playing Genji or Roadhog is more fun than playing Mercy or Lucio. But damn, your team isn’t winning unless you have a good support player. That’s why my top 3 Heroes by playtime looks like this.

1. Mercy
2. Lucio
3. Roadhog

Blizzard just announced their next Hero, and the rumors were right. It’s a support sniper named Ana. Take a break from sniping the enemy and snipe your friends. Don’t worry, though. While her bullets heal friends, they still do ‘ongoing damage’ to enemies. You can see Ana in action in the trailer below.

Ana’s heal shot heals Pharah (her daughter) three health bars and consumes two bullets (the ammo counter goes from 6 to 4). So we’re looking at three shots per clip for healing and damage.

We also get a glimpse of the ‘ongoing damage’ towards the end of the trailer when Ana snipes Widowmaker. The Widowmaker still has one bar left after the bullet hit registers and then dies shortly after. I’m interested to see exactly how this ‘ongoing damage’ mechanic works. Is it purely damage over time (DoT), or is there initial damage followed by a short DoT? It looks like initial damage with a small piece of ‘ongoing damage.’

Ana Overwatch heal snipe

Ana’s two abilities are Sleep Dart and Biotic Grenade. Sleep Dart incapacitates an enemy. There is a ‘but,’ though. Any damage against the affected target will wake them up.

Biotic Grenade’s uses are two-fold. For allies, it heals them. But any enemies caught inside the small area of effect will not be able to receive healing for a few moments (the short clip on Overwatch’s website shows no healing effects for around five seconds). That should help negate Lucio on Control maps (Lijiang Tower, Nepal, Ilios).

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Ana’s ultimate ability is Nano Boost. This gives one ally a boost across the board. They move faster, deal more damage and take less damage.

So, when can we start sniping our friends? Blizzard didn’t announce a release date. Only a vague “coming soon.” And Ana will be free. New Overwatch heroes and maps won’t cost fans a dime.

Blizzard also released a short origin story for Ana. Learn more about one of the founding members of Overwatch below.

What do you think of Ana? If you shy away from support heroes right now, does Ana change that?

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