The new short story released by Blizzard on June 17 previewed an upcoming skin for Baptiste, but could also give players an early look at Overwatch’s 31st hero.
“What You Left Behind” follows Baptiste and his former Talon teammate “Mauga” as they go on a mission in Haiti and also contains flashbacks to his time in the organization.
A lot of people are convinced Mauga is a favorite to be the next Overwatch hero, since we get quite a bit of detail about his abilities while reading through the short story.
Mauga shares a lot of similarities with the Talon Heavy Assault in the “Retribution” and “Storm Rising” Archives events, particularly his twin heavy machine guns “each as tall as a full-grown man”.
From the artwork along with the story, he also seems to be packing some serious armor, maybe on par with Reinhardt himself. During the story Baptiste even comments that “Mauga was like a demon” he’s so hard to take out.
Overwatch The new 'Mauga' is likely to be the hero 31 (His overall form is detailed in the novel)— Naeri x 나에리 (@OverwatchNaeri) June 17, 2019
1. Dual Heavy Machine Guns
2. A huge shield
3. Heavy Assault Armor
4. New hero tanks?
오버워치 31번째 새로운 돌격 영웅은 마우가(Mauga)? pic.twitter.com/n0knLWLElH
He also has a large, frontal combat shield he can use, but whether it only protects him or his teammates as well remains to be seen.
Magua was illustrated in a lot of detail in the new short story, where he appears as a massive dude covered in tattoos with a white streak through his hair. He’s basically the poster boy for the Talon Heavy Assault.
This is Mauga, Talon tank (highly likely he's hero 31) 😲😲😲— Stylosa (@Stylosa) June 17, 2019
Abilities we know of so far:
> Dual Heavy Machine Guns (Larger than the average man)
> Heavy Armor
> Frontal Combat Shield
GET HYPED! pic.twitter.com/CDJtlXwT9H
June 17, when “What You Left Behind” was released, was the first time we’ve seen or heard about Mauga and there was no information given that hinted towards a release date.
There will probably be a mini-event similar to the Bastet and Nano Cola challenges where players can unlock the new Baptiste skin previewed, but we have no clear dates for that at the time of writing either.
With everyone freaking out about a possible new hero and players itching to earn the new Baptiste skin, it would be the perfect time for Jeff Kaplan to deliver another Developer Update with more information.