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Echo banned in Overwatch April 20 hero pool just days after release

Published: 20/Apr/2020 4:28

by Andrew Amos

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Wanting to play Echo in Competitive Play? Well, you’ll have to wait a week now, after the newly-released Overwatch DPS hero was taken out of rotation in Week 8’s hero pool reveal alongside Tracer, Orisa, and Moira.

It’ll still be some time until we see Echo tear up the Overwatch League. Just a few days after the hero’s initial release on live servers, the Damage character will be out of service in ranked queues for a week.

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She will be riding the bench with Tracer, Orisa, and Moira, after the bans for April 20 onwards were revealed after the Flash Ops Echo Showdown tournament.

Overwatch Week 8 hero pool including Echo, Tracer, Orisa, and Moira
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Echo, Tracer, Orisa, and Moira will be unavailable for a week starting April 20.

Overwatch Week 8 hero pool bans Echo, Tracer, Orisa, Moira

Echo was one of three heroes open to being banned after the last two weeks of Competitive Play. Since her release on April 14, Echo has featured in 18.3% of games. Given that she’s only been out for five days, it goes to show how much game time she’s had recently.

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Tracer was also suspended after topping the charts at 25.7% play time, while Ashe avoided the pool once again.

In the tank department, almost every tank in the game aside from Reinhardt was open for bans. However, with double shield once again tormenting players, some will be able to breathe a sigh of relief now that Orisa has been taken off the table.

Support-wise, Ana was by far the most played hero, with a 77.9% pick rate in the last two weeks of high-ranked Competitive Play. However, she eluded the ban hammer, with Moira instead falling victim, despite her 21.9% play rate in comparison.

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It means there’ll be another week before fans will see Echo hit the OWL stage. While pros have been experimenting with her in ranked play, as well as in the Echo Showdown, in a pure competitive setting, the hero is yet to be tested.

Without Orisa, bunker comps will go down in prevalence, despite the fact Baptiste, Sigma, Hanzo, and Mei remain available. Reinhardt-Sigma is open for teams who want double shields, but with one main tank gone, flexibility will be limited.

McCree and Widowmaker have also been unlocked again. With the two best hitscan characters back on the board, without one of those major shields, DPS players will be having a field day ⁠— regardless of the fact they can’t play Echo.

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McCree is back after yet another week on the sidelines.

The Week 8 hero pool for Overwatch will activate on Monday, April 20, and will run until Monday, April 27. Echo will first be available to be selected by pro players in the Overwatch League in Week 13, which kicks off on Friday, May 1.

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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.