As it turns out, Ramattra isn't content with being the best tank in Overwatch 2. With his impressive set of skills, he seems poised to replace Doomfist entirely.
A lot of exciting information about Overwatch 2 was announced during the Overwatch 2 x Korea conference (opens in a new tab). Business manager John Spector revealed that "we hope the next hero will be a support hero," but he also revealed Ramattra's impressive abilities.
These abilities include the highly anticipated Nemesis form, which allows Ramattra to transform into a Tasmanian Devil-style flurry of punches. Sort of like another fist-focused tank hero.
"I compared the form of Nemesis to Doomfist," Spector said, "Ramattra is a hero that attacks repeatedly." I can see it now; Doomfist charges his rocket while I'm trapped in a small room with no escape. It's like shooting a fish in a barrel when he unleashes the fully loaded punch straight into my chest, leaving me dizzy and unable to move; I'm easy after that. Remember to imagine that gruesome scene as you watch Ramattra's shock wave shatter shields and enemies alike.
There is another similarity in the defense of Ramattra and Doomfist. In Nemesis form, right-clicking will temporarily slow Ramattra but greatly increase his defense. This mirrors Doomfist's power block ability, which can also block damage while slowing down the hero. However, Doomfist can charge up his Rocket Blow blocking the damage.
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Essentially, Ramattra has two of Doomfist's four abilities, and the other two aren't very special; I wouldn't copy them either. Ramattra's features are simply better, and it's all thanks to his dual forms.
Doomfist has a job; it's designed to dive into fights, deal damage, clear space, and then quickly exit. While it can be great for creating an opening in the opposing team's defense, a scuba tank is notoriously bad at protecting the team. While Ramattra can play scuba tank in his Nemesis form and then also transform into his omnic form which follows the rules of a main tank. Essentially, this means that Ramattra can protect himself and teammates from him, so he doesn't need to tune out fights.
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 Doomfist once, and while some have mastered what it takes to play Doomfist as a tank, there's still uncertainty surrounding his abilities and how to make him useful to a team. With the arrival of Ramattra, Doomfist has to find a new role on the team or he simply won't be picked for Overwatch 2 teams.
Despite Spector's insistence that "both heroes [Doomfist] and Ramatra can be differentiated," it may not look that way for players who have to choose between tanks. When Ramattra changes to December 6 with Doomfist's abilities, players may not need much persuasion to choose the omnic over the frontline fighter.