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Echo Overwatch gameplay revealed: Abilities, role, ultimate & more

Published: 19/Mar/2020 17:04 Updated: 20/Mar/2020 15:19

by Michael Gwilliam

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Jeff Kaplan has finally revealed the abilities of Overwatch’s 32nd hero, Echo, in a stream with TimTheTatman.

Echo was first revealed at BlizzCon 2018 as part of the Reunion animated short, so fans had known about her existence for quite awhile, but it was unclear whether or not she would be coming out before Overwatch 2.

After no hero was revealed at BlizzCon 2019, fans were anxious as to when they would be able to get their hands on Hero 32, but now we have the answer. Echo is live on the PTR today.

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Echo has been revealed as Hero 32.

In the training room, Tim went through all of Echo’s base abilities and her absolutely insane ultimate abilitiy alongside Kaplan.

Echo, surprisingly enough, is 200 HP DPS hero, much to the chagrin of everyone who expected her to be a support or tank.

Just like Pharah, she has extremely dynamic aerial mobility which allows her to fly up in the air – think like a mix of Pharah and Mercy.

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Echo packs some hard-hitting damage abilities, but she lacks any defensive moves.

 

Her primary fire ability shoots three projectiles grouped in a tight triangle that deal 17 damage each and have the ability to critical headshot.

Meanwhile, Sticky Bomb, the attack we see her use in the “Zero Hour” Overwatch 2 cinematic, is her alternate attack that deals damage to enemies in a radius.

Additionally, Focusing Beam deals “crazy amounts of damage” to a target below half health. According to Kaplan, it does 50 damage normally, but even more to enemies and barriers who are half health. Essentially, she can melt barriers with ease.

Finally, her Ultimate is Duplicate. This allows Echo to transform into an enemy hero with extremely fast ultimate generation.

According to Jeff, the ultimate charge Echo gets when she’s using Duplicate is 650% faster than normal, and Tim was even able to farm out up to three Earthshatters with Reinhardt.

Kaplan admitted that the hero might seem overpowered in the practice range, but said devs would be closely watching players on the PTR to figure out what balance changes to make.

As Tim hopped into actual games with players Echo didn’t seem as overpowered as one might expect from her abilities, but that could change as players get the hang of Overwatch’s newest DPS.

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Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer-turned-farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca showed that he is still insane at Overwatch by utilizing a simple trick with the hero Ashe.

Dafran has long been considered one of the best Overwatch players on the planet, despite only spending one stage in OWL back in season 2. While he was known mostly for his sensational McCree, Soldier, and Tracer plays, the Danish DPS star can also frag out on Ashe.

During a December 3 broadcast, Dafran found himself attacking on Junkertown and in a prime position to help his team capture Point B.

On the Ashe, Dafran noticed all sorts of enemies were grouping in a small room they need to funnel through to get into the streets phase area. With his Widowmaker ally using her ultimate to fully reveal their location, Francesca decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ashe leads her team on Rialto
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Ashe can be a big threat with Dynamite.

With his B.O.B active on the other side of the room and the enemies waiting for the big Omnic butler to disappear before they made their move, Dafran threw his Dynamite barely inside.

Ashe’s Dynamite can be one of the most impactful abilities in Overwatch, dealing massive damage upon the explosion and then a bit more over time. Those closest to the explosion take 50 damage with 100 burn damage coming over time.

Once the Dynamite exploded, the enemy Ashe, Baptiste, Zenyatta and Widowmaker were at his mercy. Speaking of Mercy, the Dane had one pocketing him, making sure he inflicted extra damage.

With some simple hip firing, he was able to eliminate the three targets before ADSing to dink the Widow for the quadruple kill – plus, 60% in brand new ultimate charge for another B.O.B.

“That’s an Overwatch League play, dude!” he exclaimed. “Holy f**k, dude.”

The best part about the whole sequence is just how simple it really was, and there is no reason you can’t replicate it in your games. Just remember how easy Ashe’s Dynamite can be to land if you don’t overcomplicate the toss and opt to just hip fire.

It may not be the flashiest, but it can win entire team fights with relative ease. Give it a shot next time you queue up as DPS.