New Overwatch Hero Revealed: Ana Amari

By Kevin Tavore, 5 months ago
If you've been following the lore of Overwatch: Origins Edition, you'll know that Pharah's mother was one of the original Overwatch members before she was killed in action. Well, it turns out that wasn't entirely true. She's now rejoining the cast as Overwatch's newest member.



Here are her abilities:

BIOTIC RIFLE
Ana’s rifle shoots darts that can restore health to her allies or deal ongoing damage to her enemies. She can use the rifle’s scope to zoom in on targets and make highly accurate shots.
SLEEP DART
Ana fires a dart from her sidearm, rendering an enemy unconscious (though any damage will rouse them).
BIOTIC GRENADE
Ana tosses a biotic bomb that deals damage to enemies and heals allies in a small area of effect. Affected allies briefly receive increased healing from all sources, while enemies caught in the blast cannot be healed for a few moments.
NANO BOOST
After Ana hits one of her allies with a combat boost, they temporarily move faster, deal more damage, and take less damage from enemies’ attacks.
The above video has footage of each of these abilities in action (from cinematic viewpoints). If you're more interested in the lore, you can read about her below and then check out her lore video which gives a bit of backstory on who she is and how she managed to survive, as well as her motivations moving forward.

One of the founding members of Overwatch, Ana uses her skills and expertise to defend her home and the people she cares for.

As the Omnic Crisis inflicted a heavy toll on Egypt, the country's depleted and undermanned security forces relied on elite snipers for support. Among them was Ana Amari, who was widely considered to be the world's best. Her superior marksmanship, decision-making, and instincts made her a natural selection to join the Overwatch strike team that would end the war.

Following the success of Overwatch's original mission, Ana served for many years as Strike Commander Morrison's second-in-command. Despite her responsibilities in leading the organization, Ana refused to step away from combat operations. She remained on active duty well into her fifties, until she was believed to have been killed during a hostage rescue mission by the Talon operative known as Widowmaker.

In truth, Ana survived that encounter, despite being gravely wounded and losing her right eye. During her recovery, she wrestled with the weight of a life spent in combat, and she chose to stay out of the world's growing conflicts. However, as time passed, she realized she could not sit on the sidelines while people threatened her city and the innocents around her.
Now, Ana has rejoined the fight to protect her country from the forces that would destabilize it, and most importantly, to keep her family and her closest allies safe.

In addition to Ana, new patch notes have also been released for the PC PTR. These aren't final so I won't post them all here, but there are four interesting changes you might want to prepare for. First, competitive mode has two changes: 1) There will be no more sudden death - instead you will tie, and 2) You will not be able to select duplicate heroes in competitive mode. Then there's a buff to D.Va and Zenyatta:

D.Va
Defense Matrix
  • Cooldown decreased from 10 seconds to 1 second
  • A new resource meter has been added. This meter will deplete while Defense Matrix is active and then recharge when it’s not in use.
  • Defense Matrix takes 10 seconds to reach full charge from empty
  • At a full charge, Defense Matrix will last for 4 seconds
  • Defense Matrix will now remain active as long as its assigned hotkey is held
  • Defense Matrix has been reclassified as an alternate fire and is now bound to RMB (by default)
  • An option to “Toggle Defense Matrix” has been added under Options > Controls > D.Va
Self-Destruct
  • Ultimate cost decreased by 15%
  • Explosion delay reduced from 4 seconds to 3 seconds
  • Explosion no longer damages D.Va (the player who activates it)
Developer Notes: D.Va isn't being selected as often as our other tanks, and we feel a lot of that stems from the underperformance of her damage absorption abilities. So, we've reconfigured her Defensive Matrix, making it more flexible and giving players the ability to use it more often. We’ve also given Self-Destruct a little more oomph, because it felt slightly underwhelming when compared to many of Overwatch's other ultimate abilities.
Zenyatta
Base Hero
  • Base shields increased by 50 (now 50 Health/150 Shield)
Orb of Discord and Orb of Harmony
  • Projectile speed has been increased from 30 to 120
Transcendence
  • Movement speed is now doubled upon activation
  • Healing amount increased from 200 to 300 health per second
Developer Notes: While Zenyatta has never had the healing abilities of Lúcio or Mercy, he made up for it by dealing more damage. However, his lack of mobility and low health has meant he’s struggled to find a place in many games. To increase his effectiveness, we've made several changes, the biggest of which is an increased shield pool. This will allow him to go head-to-head with more enemies. The Orb of Harmony and Discord changes are also a quality of life change, helping Zenyatta move his orbs around and apply their effects more quickly. And lastly, we’ve increased Transcendence’s healing throughput. This ultimate was designed to be the most effective against sustained, high-damage fire and least effective against short, high-damage bursts (like D.Va’s or Junkrat's ultimates). But, due to the amount of healing it provided, there were times when it was possible for even sustained fire to overcome Transcendence’s output. We’ve made the heal powerful and also allowed Zenyatta to move around more quickly while it’s active.
This patch still won't hit for a while, especially as it has just gone to PTR (public test realm) on PC, so the exact values are definitely subject to change. The competitive changes won't occur until the fall season begins in September, so it should be here by then at least.
Kevin Tavore
Written by Kevin Tavore
Purveyor of news articles and the occasional walkthrough or op-ed. The American equivalent of Aristotle. Likes almost all genres but has an unhealthy aversion to exploration and puzzles. Nicest place he'd never want to go? Japan.