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5 tips to dominate as Echo in Overwatch

Published: 15/Apr/2020 18:13

by Michael Gwilliam

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With Overwatch’s newest hero Echo now finally on the live servers, everyone from PC gurus to console players who are getting their first look, will be wanting to try her out. Here’s five tips that can make your Echo gameplay stand out and dominate the opposition.

The first thing you need to be aware of with Echo is that you are essentially a glass cannon. While you can dish out large amounts of damage, you’re still only 200 HP. Even though you can hit like a truck, you can die very quickly if you get focused down.

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Because of this, our first tip is very simple:

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Echo will be the last hero until Overwatch 2.

Mercy pairs extremely well with Echo

Just like with Pharah, having a pocket Mercy to heal and damage boost you can enable even an average player, so just imagine how dangerous you can be if you can hit your shots.

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Plus, with the damage boost, Echo’s Sticky Bombs have the ability to essentially one-shot squishy targets. Normally if all the bombs stick to a target, they’ll do approximately 180 damage upon explosion because of the initial impact damage.

With Mercy damage boosting for an extra 30%, those Sticky Bombs will kill most heroes in the game.

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Mercy and Echo are a powerful combo.

Additionally, if the enemy is clustered, as long as one other bomb sticks to another 200 HP enemy, Echo can eliminate them too thanks to the splash damage.

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A good combo could be using Zarya’s Graviton Surge Ultimate and Echo’s Sticky Bombs with Mercy’s damage boost to either wipe or severely cripple an enemy. The best part? You only need to use one Ultimate to win that fight and gain a lot of charge for yourself in the process.

Focusing Beam can melt barriers

One of Echo’s best abilities comes in the form of Focusing Beam. While it only lasts 2.5 seconds, when a target or barrier is under half health, it goes 200 damage per second. This means that you can deal a whopping 500 damage to an enemy barrier if it’s half health.

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Focusing beam does mega damage to half health targets.

If the barrier or target is above half, the attack is far less powerful, only dealing 50 damage per second.

Cracks in shields only begin to appear once a barrier is under half, so be mindful of this when deciding to use Focusing Beam.

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This can be important to remember when your team is investing Ultimates such as McCree’s Deadeye and don’t want barriers to be blocking the damage.

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Duplicate could be the best Ultimate in the game.

When to use Duplicate

Duplicate is one of the most powerful abilities in the game and knowing when to use it can pay dividends.

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A good general tip is to use your Sticky Bombs or other abilities prior to activating the Ultimate just to get a bit more damage.

Additionally, Duplicate can act as an escape. Just like Doomfist’s Meteor Strike, you can go in as Echo, do some damage, and before you die, use Duplicate to become an enemy player, regain health and stay in the fight.

At the same time, it helps immensely to know what enemy hero you want to transform into. If your goal is to transform into an enemy Reinhardt, timing Duplicate will be crucial, because of the enemy Reinhardt dies, you’ll miss your opportunity.

Because of how fast your Ultimate charges when using Duplicate, it may be best to use the ability near the beginning of a fight where you can maximize the value in those fifteen seconds.

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Reinhardt is a great hero to Duplicate.

Which enemies are best to Duplicate?

Considering how fast your Ultimate charges when using Duplicate, there are a couple of things to consider: what does your team need, what’s your win condition and do you have the ability with whoever you Duplicate to get that value?

So far, Reinhardt is probably the best hero in the game to Duplicate because of how fast Earthshatter charges and the value you can get with that move. Additionally, Reinhardt’s charge can be used a bit more carelessly because dying as who you Duplicate will restore Echo to her normal form.

Aside from Reinhardt, Junkrat and Tracer all have extremely fast-charging Ultimates and you could probably get multiple Tires and Pulse Bombs during your time playing as them.

While it’s unlikely you will get multiple EMPs, Molten Cores and Primal Rages, Sombra, Torbjorn and Winston will also be able to get their high-impact Ultimates with ease, so they would be strong picks too.

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McCree can shut Echo down.

Know when to swap

While Echo is very powerful, she’s not without her counters. If the enemy team is running a McCree, Widowmaker or Sombra and is constantly shutting you down, you’ll help your team out way more by switching off Echo.

Just like with any hero in Overwatch, be mindful about what you’re up against and act accordingly.

The last thing you want to be doing is dying constantly and not get any value. There will be games where you absolutely dominate with Echo, but there will be games where the difference between victory and defeat is you changing heroes.

There you have it – our top five tips for playing Echo. Now, what are you waiting for? Go queue up!

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.