Doomfist Coming Next Week + New Preview Video

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Doomfist is so close to live we can almost taste it! It being his fist, of course. Blizzard reveled that the new Hero is joining the flock on July 27th, aka next Thursday and we get a brand new preview video to go with the announcement! In it Jeff Kaplan and the team talk about the history of the character, his origins from the very first OW trailer and how he literally just came from a cool sounding name Chris Metzen made up.

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