Blizzcon 2017 was an exciting event for Overwatch fans. It was there that Blizzard announced the Blizzard World map, as well as confirmed the game's next healer character to be scientist Moira - a dangerous character with questionable ethics when it comes to her scientific experiments.
Since Moira's introduction to Overwatch, she has quickly become one of the most popular and most-used healer characters in the game. Moira's abilities make her more dangerous than the average healer, with players also able to deal out significant damage to enemies. Since Moira is a go-to choice for many Overwatch healers, it stands to reason that some may want to know more about her development and backstory. However, since most of this information isn't actually in Overwatch and is instead found in animated shorts and comics, we decided to collect some of the more interesting bits of information about Moira in one convenient place.
Here are 10 weird facts about Overwatch healer character Moira.
10 Blizzard Tried to Give Her A Ridiculous Buff
Overwatch is a game that's constantly being re-balanced, and this includes major changes to its roster of playable characters. Moira hasn't had many changes since her introduction to the game, but Blizzard was experimenting with an insane Moira buff that would allow her to use her Fade ability even when stunned. For the uninitiated, Moira's Fade lets her teleport away from enemies, but allowing her to Fade when stunned removed one of the key counters against the ability. Luckily for Overwatch fans who weren't happy about the buff, Blizzard quickly backpedaled on it before it even made it out of the PTR.
9 She Likes Irish Coffee
The annual Overwatch Christmas event is called Winter Wonderland, and like other seasonal events in Overwatch, it features some exclusive cosmetic rewards. One of the customization options that players can unlock for their characters during Winter Wonderland is a victory pose where the various Overwatch characters hold up a hot drink of some kind, fitting for the season. Since Moira is Irish, it makes sense that her Winter Wonderland victory pose drink is an Irish coffee. For the uninitiated, an Irish coffee is coffee mixed with whiskey and topped with cream, so it certainly has a bit more bite than the hot chocolate that other characters are drinking in their Winter Wonderland victory poses.
8 She Originally Had Tentacles
Overwatch heroes undergo a great deal of changes from conception to the time that they are actually added to the game. One example of this is the tank hero Sigma, who was originally meant to be a completely different character altogether. Moira is another character whose design went through some significant changes before she made her debut in Overwatch. Earlier versions of Moira saw her carrying a large gun and being equipped with tentacles, not unlike Dr. Octopus from the Spider-Man comics. Due to a variety of reasons, including her silhouette looking too similar to other heroes, Blizzard continued to tweak Moira until she became the healer character we know today.
7 She Runs Like Naruto
The "Naruto run" refers to how the characters in the anime series Naruto run with their arms stretched out behind them. The run is useful for breaking into Area 51, and it's actually used by Moira in Overwatch. However, Moira's Naruto run isn't the only anime reference that she brings to the game. On the contrary, Moira's sprays make references to other animes, including Neon Genesis Evangelion and Akira, and her Ultimate ability Coalescence is also supposed to be reminiscent of anime.
6 She Is A High-Ranking Talon Agent
Players who really want to dive into the Overwatch lore won't be able to do so just by playing the game. Blizzard has decided to reserve much of Overwatch's story for comics and animated shorts, and it's through these materials where more about the game world is revealed. As far as lore goes, Moira was once a member of the secret task force Blackwatch, and when that group dissolved, became a member of the Talon terrorist organization. As part of Talon, Moira finds herself in a leadership position, serving on the Council of Leaders along with fellow Talon members Doomfist and Reaper.
5 She Was First Seen in A Doomfist Comic
As previously mentioned, those who want to get into the Overwatch lore will need to watch the animated shorts and read the comics. These materials sometimes even offer glimpses of Overwatch's future, which was the case with the Doomfist: Masquerade comic. It's that comic that gives us our first look at Talon's Council of Leaders, showing Reaper, Doomfist, an Omnic named Maximilien, and Moira. This was before Moira was ever confirmed to be coming to Overwatch's roster of playable heroes, and it stands to reason that other characters seen in the comics, animated shorts, and elsewhere could also become heroes at some point down the line.
4 She Has Heterochromia Iridium
Moira is to date the only Overwatch character with the condition heterochromia iridium, which means that her eyes are different colors. Moira's right eye is red and her left eye is blue, with fans originally speculating that she could have caused it herself through experimentation. However, it was later confirmed through one of Moira's cosmetic sprays, "Foundation," that she was born with the condition, as the spray depicts her as a child.
3 She Hates Overwatch
Moira's scientific research and experiments have made her a controversial figure in Overwatch lore, with many condemning her experiments. The hero group Overwatch was one such entity, and so she accused the group of holding her back. Ironically, Moira ended up working for Blackwatch, Overwatch's black ops division, which allowed her research to reach new heights. When Blackwatch was exposed and Overwatch disbanded, Moira was publicly condemned by various members of the Overwatch team, as many weren't even aware that she was employed by the group. Later in life, Moira joined the Talon terrorist organization, which finds itself directly at odds with Overwatch.
2 She Gave Reaper His Powers
While most of the world condemned Moira's experiments into genetic engineering, others saw its potential. One such person who saw value in Moira and her research was Gabriel Reyes, the leader of Overwatch's Blackwatch division. Reyes is the one who personally hired Moira for Blackwatch, funding her research and accelerating its progress. Moira then experimented on Reyes himself, giving him the superhuman abilities that have allowed him to become Reaper. Moira has given herself some similar powers as Reaper has, as evidenced by her Fade ability.
1 She Was Part of the Mission That Exposed Blackwatch
In Overwatch lore, the titular Overwatch group was disbanded after its black ops division Blackwatch was exposed to the world. Moira was actually present for this mission, which was to capture businessman Antonio Bartalotti, who had connections to Talon. Upon confronting Bartalotti, Reaper ended up killing him instead of taking him in, creating a public disturbance as the Blackwatch group escaped. The resulting controversy exposed Blackwatch, saw it and Overwatch disbanded, and Moira eventually join Talon.
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Source: Overwatch Wiki