As it turns out, Ramattra isn’t happy about just being the best tank in Overwatch 2. With his impressive array of skills, he looks poised to replace Doomfist altogether.
A lot of exciting information had been announced for Overlook 2 during the Overwatch 2 x Korea Conference (opens in new tab). Commercial director John Spector revealed that “we expect the next hero to be a supporting hero,” but he also revealed Ramatraimpressive capabilities.
These abilities include the long-awaited Nemesis Form, which allows Ramattra to transform into a Tasmanian Devil-esque whirlwind of punches. Not unlike any other fist-focused tank hero.
“I compared the Nemesis form to Doomfist”, said Spector, “Ramattra is a hero who strikes repeatedly”. I can see it now; Doomfist charges his rocket blast while I’m cornered in a small room with no escape. It’s like shooting a fish into a barrel as it drops the fully charged punch straight into my chest, leaving me stunned and unable to move; After that I am easy prey. Remember to imagine that gruesome scene when you watch Ramattra’s shockwave blast destroy both shields and enemies.
There is another similarity in the defense of Ramattra and Doomfist. In Nemesis form, right-clicking will temporarily slow Ramattra, but significantly improve his defense. This mirrors Doomfist’s power block ability which can also block damage while slowing down the hero. However, Doomfist can charge its rocket blast through blocking damage.
Essentially, Ramattra has two of Doomfist’s four abilities, and the remaining two aren’t hugely special; I wouldn’t copy them either. Ramattra’s features are simply better, and it’s all due to its dual forms.
Doomfist has one job; he’s built to dive into combat, deal damage, make room, and then exit quickly. While it can be great to create an opening in the opposing team’s defense, a dive tank is notoriously bad at protecting their team. While Ramattra can play dive tank in his Nemesis form and then also change into his omnic form which follows the rules of a main tank. Essentially, this means Ramattra can protect himself and his teammates so he doesn’t have to retreat from combat.
It hasn’t been easy for Doomfist players, first with the transition to tank life, and now with the introduction of Ramattra making things worse. Players have already had to relearn how to play Doomfist once, and while some have mastered what it takes to play Doomfist as a tank, there is still uncertainty about his abilities and how to make him useful to a team . With the arrival of Ramattra, Doomfist either has to find a new role on the team, or he just doesn’t get picked for Overwatch 2 teams at all.
Despite Spector’s insistence that “the two heroes [Doomfist] and Ramatra can be differentiated”, it may not look like it for players who have to choose between the tanks. When Ramattra rocks December 6 with Doomfist’s abilities, players may not need much convincing to choose the omnic over the frontline fighter.