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Echo officially announced as Overwatch’s 32nd Hero

Published: 18/Mar/2020 16:17 Updated: 18/Mar/2020 17:03

by Michael Gwilliam

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Echo has officially been revealed as Overwatch’s 32nd hero following a series of teasers throughout the week.

In the Echo origin story, it is revealed that Liao was recruited by Soldier 76 to fight Omnics because she helped build them, thus making her an ideal candidate.

At some point it seems that the Omnics rebelled, making her question whether she made the world a better place, but ultimately ended up creating Echo – her life’s work.

The origin story begins with Liao’s voice over, but then transitions to Echo’s. Two things are unclear: if Liao is still alive and what hero role Echo will be, but we expect more details to be revealed very soon.

For three days straight, the official Overwatch Twitter and Facebook accounts have been posting photos and videos believed to be leading up to the unveiling of the next hero.

While signs were already pointing towards Echo, the new teaser image was the most obvious hint thus far.

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Echo is Overwatch’s 32nd hero.

The image is taken from a file named “Cargo Manifest” which also contains an attached photo of the Route 66 payload.

As Overwatch fans learned during the Reunion animated short released at BlizzCon 2018, Echo was hidden inside of the payload only to be rescued by the video’s protagonist McCree.

In the short, the Deadlock gang along with Ashe derails the train on Route 66 and begin to load its cargo onto the payload.

Eventually, McCree defeats the gang and frees Echo from her container. This eventually leads into the Overwatch 2 announcement short released one year later with Echo joining the fight alongside a newly regrouped Overwatch team.

The other hero teasers have mentioned the character of Liao – one of the founding members of Overwatch and the creation of some sort of project to turn the tides against anti-Omnic violence.

It’s likely Echo will appear on the PTR Thursday, as that’s when Blizzard normally updates the test servers for any major changes such as new heroes.

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New Overwatch Shield Bash tech makes Brigitte even more powerful

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch trick has just been discovered that could make Brigitte an even bigger threat on the battlefield than she already is.

Brigitte has been one of the game’s most controversial heroes since release thanks to her high levels of sustain, crowd control, armor, and healing. Despite multiple nerfs and reworks, she remains one of the best heroes in the right hands.

Now, players have found a completely new trick with her that is sure to make many players rage and call for nerfs to the Swedish shield maiden.

The trick, which was posted to a Korean YouTube account, shows that if Brigitte Shield Bashes at the exact same time she’s hit with an enemy’s attack that does knockback, she can travel far distances.

Shield Bash already has some slight movement advantages, but when combined with an enemy’s attack, she can torpedo across the map and even clear gaps that other heroes are unable to.

As you can see, when Brigitte gets hit in the back by Sigma’s Hyper Spheres, they do just enough knockback to allow the hero to use them to her advantage.

With this trick, Brigitte can even go from one side of Rialto’s bridge to the other in one swift movement, although it will take some getting used to if players want to pull it off in an actual game.

That said, enemy players could potentially use this to their own advantage, such as by hitting Brigitte with a melee attack right as she Shield Bashes.

In this clip by Overwatch streamer Aspen, she goes flying all over the map on Hollywood and had no idea why. As it turns out, it was because she was hit by a melee from a Tracer player just before bashing.

If timed right, this could cause Brigitte players to go flying off of maps with environmental hazards such as Nepal Sanctum.

Of course, with this new discovery, there also comes the possibility that Blizzard decides to patch it out. Only time will tell how the developers decide to handle it.