The latest hero to join the roster of Overwatch, the Haitian combat medic known as Baptiste, is now playable at the Overwatch Play Test Realm (PTR).
"No dying on my watch."
Get your first aid on Baptiste's abilities and playstyle. Now healing on the PTR!
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) February 26, 2019
Baptiste has a Medic SMG as his primary weapon, and its three-round burst fire lets him deal a significant amount of damage with good accuracy and recoil control.
To fulfill the “combat” part of his combat medic role, Baptiste’s Medic SMG also has the Biotic Launcher as its secondary fire. This lets him lob projectiles that heal allies near the point of impact.
Baptiste’s first ability is called Regenerative Burst, which heals Baptiste and nearby allies over time when activated.
His second ability is called Immortality Field, which creates a field that prevents allies from dying. While this ability is powerful when used correctly, there’s a downside in that the device generating the field can be destroyed.
Baptiste can also turn the tide of battle for his team by using his ultimate ability, called Amplification Matrix. This creates a matrix — similar to the Immortality Field — which doubles the damage and healing effects of allied projectiles that pass through it.
Finally, Baptiste can use his passive ability, Exo Boost, to be highly maneuverable in the battlefield. By crouching first, Baptiste can jump higher to bypass ledges and obstacles on his way to support his team.
You can try playing Baptiste now in the Overwatch PTR before he goes live, though there has been no formal announcement yet as to when that will happen. Even so, it will be interesting to see how Baptiste and his skillset can change the prevailing Overwatch metagame.