Torbjorn’s daughter, Brigitte, is the newest hero on the Overwatch roster. She charged onto the arena on March 20th, though she had been available to test on the PTR for a while prior to that. She has made a pretty big impact on the Overwatch landscape. While her kit will likely change over time, how has Brigitte changed the meta since she was released?
In this Play of the Fortnight, we’re talking about Brigitte’s kit, how she impacts the game, and how Blizzard might change her in the future.
An Introduction to Brigitte
Brigitte is a hybrid support hero. She’s a bit more survivable than existing support heroes as while she has the same amount of base health, she also has 50 additional armor. Her shield also makes her feel a little more tanky. It’s not as useful for protecting teammates as Reinhardt’s or Orisa’s, but it’s great at keeping her alive and in the fight.
The most important distinction between Brigitte and other supports is that she’s a frontline, aggressive support. There will be no hiding in the backlines for her. Her passive ability, “Inspire” allows her to damage enemies while simultaneously healing her nearby teammates. She can toss her Repair Pack at allies to heal them, and additional healing over max health is automatically converted to temporary armor.
She can strike multiple enemies at once with her Rocket Flail, and charge into enemies with Shield Bash. Again, this makes her aggressive and a force to be reckoned with.
Where Brigitte is Most Useful
Brigitte’s biggest impact is versus the ever-popular dive comp. As she is a frontline combatant with support abilities including heals and armor, she can disrupt an opponent’s dive with relative ease. This also works against mobile flankers like Genji or Tracer, as she can charge into them with Shield Bash and has a moment to take them down a notch, causing them to either flee or die. She can also knock an opponent back using Whip Shot. This gives her flail an extended range and pushes them back by a pretty significant distance. She’s a fantastic hero for protecting your other support because of her ability to disrupt flankers.
With Shield Bash, Brigitte can interrupt enemy abilities as well. This means she’s an excellent support to have when a Reaper dives into the team to use Death Blossom, as she can quickly Shield Bash him to interrupt it. The same goes for any other charged abilities.
Brigitte’s biggest threats are tanks and snipers. Her melee damage is not as powerful as Reinhardt, so the best time to attack him during a dive is if he’s charged a teammate. You can stun him with Shield Bash from behind and help apply pressure. Keep in mind that snipers can pick her off while she’s using Whip Shot, as during its cast time she won’t be able to deploy her shield.
Where Does Brigitte Struggle?
Brigitte has two major disadvantages: her lack of range, and the fact that her strength is entirely based upon her abilities. She’s a melee range hero, meaning that she can be harassed from long range and picked off. This makes her a great target for snipers – especially because of her larger hitbox – and hitscans who can harass her until she has to fall back.
On top of that, a good Sombra can infiltrate and hack her. This opens Brigitte up to a world of pain from everyone around her, as she only really has her melee attack to defend herself. However, it is worth noting that her ultimate, Rally, cannot be interrupted by a Sombra hack. Once it’s going, everyone around her will continue getting temporary armor and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop that.
She’s also a really weak solo healer. It’s definitely not worth it to bring her along on her own. At the moment, it feels like Moira is a great partner for her, but Mercy would also do. Both of these can be quite close range supports, and Brigitte will be able to protect them to some degree. Meanwhile, both Moira and Mercy can provide supplemental healing.
What Might Blizzard Change About Brigitte?
At the moment, Brigitte is pretty strong. Before she enters the competitive scene, we will likely see a few changes. Already, Blizzard is changing her Shield Bash to have a smaller cone of effect, meaning players have to be more precise with it. However, will this be enough to make her less of a game-changer?
Her stun is on a 4-second cooldown, which makes it incredibly powerful versus a dive comp as she can essentially set up her team to tear apart anyone who tries to dive. With this being available every 4 seconds, that leaves little wiggle room for dive teams to operate. We’ll likely see this nerfed in the future, giving it a longer cooldown.
We may also see Blizzard increase Whip Shot’s cooldown a little, as it’s also only 4 seconds. However, if both of these abilities are nerfed too hard, Brigitte may not be very balanced. We’ll have to see how things go in the coming patches. Her shield feels fairly balanced; it only has 600 health compared to Reinhardt’s 2000. However, it is just as strong as a Winston barrier, which is quite a lot for a support.
It feels like Brigitte is not really ready for the competitive world just yet. Season 9 is ending, and we’ll have a short break before Season 10. This gives Blizzard some time to tweak her kit. If they don’t make some substantial changes to the way she works, we will likely see Brigitte continuing to be a guaranteed pick in the upcoming competitive season, just as she is in Quick Play.
It feels like she was added specifically to tear apart the dive meta. However, if she goes unchecked it will just shift the meta and we’ll still have no real variety in our picks. This is exactly why Mercy was nerfed: she was a guaranteed, almost required pick. It would be counter-intuitive for Blizzard to add a new hero who became the new must-have.
There’s definitely going to be some changes coming to Brigitte soon. What would you like to see Blizzard change? Let us know in the comments below!
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