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Sigma goes live on Overwatch test servers today — here’s the new tank’s kit

Sigma is a tank who can turn the tide of battle

Overwatch - Sigma’s in-game model. Blizzard Entertainment
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Hero 31, Sigma, has arrived on the Overwatch test realm, meaning that PC players can now test out the new tank. Sigma is a scientist whose experiments gave him both potent gravity-based powers and serious psychological damage. After being locked away, Talon has freed him and now use him as a weapon.

Sigma is a tank who relies on creating shields around the battlefield and thwarting damage heroes. Here’s a breakdown of his kit:

  • Hyper Spheres: Sigma launches two gravitic charges, which implode after a short duration, dealing significant damage in an area.
  • Experimental Barrier: Sigma propels a floating barrier to a location of his choosing. He can recall the barrier at any time.
  • Kinetic Grasp: Sigma stops incoming projectiles in mid air, converting them into shields.
  • Accretion: Sigma gathers a mass of debris and flings it at an enemy to knock them down.
  • Gravitic Flux (Ultimate): Sigma manipulates gravity to lift nearby enemies into the air and slam them back down.

Sigma doesn’t have the mobility of a D.Va or Winston; instead, his power comes from manipulating the battlefield around him. His shields are like Reinhardt or Orisa’s barriers, except he can create and control them with Experimental Barrier or Kinetic Grasp. He also excels in choke points and tight situations, as he can set up shields and then use his offensive abilities to disrupt damage heroes.

Thanks to abilities like Accretion and Gravitic Flux, Sigma will pair well with heroes with high damage. Pharah’s Rocket Barrage or Tracer’s Pulse Bomb will be potent ultimates to coordinate with Gravitic Flux, and Accretion can help a team focus down a Mercy or Ana.

Sigma also looks like he’s going to be more comfortable staying with his team, as opposed to starting fights behind enemy lines. Unlike Wrecking Ball, Sigma doesn’t earn any benefits from being in the enemy’s face. Instead, he can use his abilities to bunker down, or counter-siege an enemy team holding an objective.

Sigma’s cosmetics, voice lines, and skins will go live on the test server before his release. We can expect his lobby interactions with other heroes to be added to the game at some point after he goes live on all servers. Brandon “Seagull” Larned, formerly of the Dallas Fuel, is streaming a first look at Sigma’s gameplay with game director Jeff Kaplan.