Blizzard unveiled Mauga during BlizzCon 2023 and even gave us a sneak peek at his character in a trailer. Mauga is a formidable heavy assault character, armed with some seriously heavy artillery, including weapons like the incendiary chaingun and a volatile chaingun, which he fondly calls Gunny and Cha Cha.

Mauga is a fierce brawler with a fiery theme. If you enjoy having tanky characters that get right into the action, Mauga is your guy. If you've ever thought Reinhardt needed a little extra fire in his arsenal and love charging headlong into the fray, Mauga will be right up your alley.

Mauga Release Date

Mauga will be released on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 with the launch of Overwatch 2 Season 8. Players had an opportunity to play him for 2 days during Blizzcon weekend before he was actually released.

Mauga's Abilities

Now, let's dive into the details of his abilities, weapons, and ultimate. I will also provide Mauga tips for all of his abilities. Don't fret; I've got you covered with all the info you need to master the newest tank in the game.

Mauga's overall approach is all about leading his team into the enemy ranks and causing fiery chaos. His Berserker ability helps him regain health when he inflicts critical damage. When he charges with his Overrun ability, he becomes immune to any crowd control effects, making him unstoppable.

His Cardiac Overdrive provides a benefit similar to Reaper's passive ability to everyone nearby. It reduces the damage they take and allows them to heal by dealing damage.

To top it all off, his ultimate ability, Cage Fight, sets up a barrier that can enclose enemies along with Mauga. Inside, he can go toe-to-toe with them with unlimited ammo. But be cautious not to trap too many enemies in there with you, as it might not end well.

Primary and Secondary Fire

mauga primary and secondary fire

Mauga is the first hero since Wrecking Ball to wield two weapons simultaneously, and he's flexing his muscle by toting around a pair of chainguns. His first one, the Incendiary Chaingun, which he affectionately calls Gunny, sets enemies ablaze after a few hits, similar to how Ashe's Dynamite works.

The second one, known as Cha-Cha, packs a punch and inflicts critical damage on enemies who are already on fire. These two guns work really well together. You can choose to fire them individually or both at the same time.

Here are the details of his weapons:

Incendiary Chaingun
An automatic weapon that sets enemies on fire with repeated hits.

Volatile Chaingun
An automatic weapon that deals extra damage to enemies who are already burning.

Mauga Primary Fire Tips

1. You can shoot both guns at once, or each one separately. The thing is, if you shoot a single gun, there is no recoil and the bullets are hit-scan meaning they hit right where you aim. However, if you shoot in tandem, the spread is very wide and you won't hit anything unless point blank.

2. This clearly implies that the guns should be comboed in a fashion that you left click to get the enemies burning, and then right click to do critical damage to them. If you're point blank, or vs a large tank you could try shooting both because you don't need to hit the head to heal while they're burning, you just need to hit the tank. Or for example you're breaking a shield, that works too.

3. Comboing with an Ashe will work well because her Dynamite burns enemies and you can deal critical damage to them, however, that's just a neat play, no need to force Ashes for no other reason.

4. Unlike D.Va, you aren't slowed down when firing and moving, so feel free to do that while chasing enemies.

5. Mauga self-sustains by dealing critical damage, however, when dealing damage to a shield - no healing is done. Therefore, know that when an enemy Rein is popping a shield you will simply not sustain while tearing it down.

6. You can either self sustain by dealing critical damage the normal way (shooting the head) or burning enemies and then using the secondary fire which makes Mauga deal critical damage even when not hitting the head therefore healing you.

7. You can OVERHEAL by using this mechanic so feel free to use it as much as possible.

8. Mauga is all about aim, check out our aim guide as well.

Berserker (Passive)

When Mauga lands critical hits, he gets a temporary health boost. This pairs really well with his Incendiary and Volatile Chainguns. So, if he's using both guns effectively, he can rack up a significant amount of extra health.

Overrun (LSHIFT)

mauga overrun

Charge forward and stomp to launch enemies. You are unstoppable while charging.

Overrun Tips

1. This is a like more advanced Reinhardt charge, you can move left right and control it easily while charging. Also, you can cancel it by pressing the ability once again.

2. You can either let the charge run its course or you can press JUMP to finish earlier and stomp enemies where you want and deal damage from the ability.

3. While it may seem that mostly you will "cancel" it by using JUMP, that still propels you a little forward (you don't want that over a cliff lol) and does the whole stomp animation. Many times you realize you screwed up and you want to stop IMMEDIATELY, therefore the actual cancel is a better alternative in that case.

4. If you run into an enemy while charging, it will knock him into the air without doing any relevant damage. This is good to know that hitting for example a tank while you want to stomp the backline won't actually stop the charge.

5. Don't forget to use the ability when running from spawn to your team, but make sure you have it ready when needed.

Cardiac Overdrive (E)

mauga cardiac overdrive

Nearby allies take reduced damage and heal by dealing damage.

Cardiac Overdrive Tips

1. This effect is applied to nearby allies only, not you as well.

2. Enemies will not gain overhealth like you do from your passive.

Use this when you know a fight has started, whether its a teamfight or a 2v2, doesn't matter. Don't waste it before teams actually commit to a fight.

Cage Fight (Ultimate)

mauga cage fight

Deploy a barrier that traps yourself and enemies. Gain unlimited ammo while inside.

Cage Fight Tips

1. Mauga deploys the center of the cage at his current position, so if you want to trap enemies they need to be in the range already.

2. You can cancel the cage any time by pressing Q.

3. You can shoot enemies outside of the cage and get healed, but enemies can't do that and can't be healed.

More Mauga Tips

1. Mauga shines in close-quarters combat thanks to his unique abilities. To make the most of what he can do, focus on important targets like healers and damage-dealers. You can use Overrun to separate them from their team or trap them inside the Cage Fight for the biggest impact.

2. Teamwork is key to unleashing Mauga's full potential. Talk to your teammates and plan how to use Cage Fight effectively. For example, you can combine it with area-of-effect ultimates from heroes like Zarya or Mei to devastate the enemies caught inside. Also, make sure your healers are ready to support you when you activate Cardiac Overdrive, turning you into a powerful support presence on the front lines.

3. Mauga's Berserker passive ability rewards you for landing critical hits with a temporary health boost. So, work on your accuracy and practice using both of your chainguns effectively. This not only boosts your damage but also makes you more durable in battle, turning you into a tough tank to take down.

Mauga Counters

  • Sigma

  • D.Va

  • Bastion

  • Sombra

  • Zenyatta

  • Ana

  • Kiriko

  • Lifeweaver

  • Sigma and D.Va can eat your damage. Bastion 1v1 will simply demolish you, you have no defensive abilities. Sombra will be a pain to hit and she hacks your abilities. Zen can burst you from long range. Ana can bomb you and prevent you from sustaining. Kiriko can cleanse your burn. Lifeweaver can pull out enemies from your cage.

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    Is Mauga hard to play in Overwatch 2?

    While Mauga might seem easy to play, it's crucial to get the timing right for using your Overrun and Cage Fight abilities. Picking the wrong moment can lead to your own demise and leave your team without a tank.

    When can you play Mauga in Overwatch 2?

    Mauga will become available to play in Season 8, starting on December 5, 2023.

    Is Mauga good Overwatch 2?

    Mauga is a versatile hero, skilled at both tanking and dishing out damage in close combat. With his unique abilities, you can effectively kick off team fights and take down isolated targets quickly.

    Who is Mauga strong against?

    If you're up against heroes who also prefer close combat, like Reinhardt, Roadhog, Junker Queen, Brigitte, Reaper, Rammatra, Orisa, Zarya you have an advantage. You can easily set these heroes on fire and start landing critical hits.

    What are Mauga abilities Overwatch 2

  • Overrun

  • Cardiac Overdrive

  • Cage Fight – Ultimate

  • Berserker – Passive

  • What is Mauga combo?

    In a fight, start by using your Incendiary Chaingun to ignite your enemies. After a few solid hits, they'll start burning. When that happens, switch to your Volatile Chaingun to deliver critical hits, which can quickly take down most squishy heroes in just a few seconds.

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