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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.