Overwatch players finally got their first look at Echo’s cosmetics as part of a March 31 PTR patch, and there’s plenty of interesting references to movies, anime and memes hidden within.
Just as with most of the post-launch heroes, there’s a wealth of Overwatch spins on entertainment properties that can be quite amusing, if you spot them.
To kick things off, Echoe’s Butterfly spray is a clear reference to the “Is this a Pigeon” meme, featuring Katori Yutaro from anime ‘Brave of the Sun Fighbird.’
Echo is Overwatch’s newest hero.
For those out of the loop, the meme is a screenshot from the anime series where the confused character looks at a butterfly and asks, “Is this a pigeon?” The meme often replaces Yutaro, the butterfly and the pigeon text to something more relevant to the meme. It’s often used sarcastically.
With Echo’s spray, she makes the exact same pose as Yutaro, grin and all, while a butterfly hovers above her outreached hand.
Next, her “Kung Fu” spray is a reference to the scene in the first Matrix movie, where actor Keanu Reeves stars as Neo. While onboard Morpheus’ ship, the Nebuchadnezzar, Numerous fighting exercises are uploaded to Neo’s brain, causing him to proudly proclaim, “I know kung fu.”
Is Echo The One?
Moving onto highlight intros, the Maneuvers highlight contains a couple of Dragon Ball Z references near the very end. First, when she charges a beam attack, her pose is very similar to Goku’s when he performed the warp kamehameha against Cell.
While Echo doesn’t teleport, she instead switches stances to something similar to Gohan’s masenko blast.
Blizzard really outdid themselves with anime references.
Finally, as Overwatch TMZ redditor ‘IsASarcasticBastard’ pointed out, the Stasis victory pose could be a reference to retired Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel’s finger stance. However, it also could be a callback to Mewtwo from Pokemon: The First Movie, as both he and Echo were created in a lab. Speaking of which, here’s how you can watch that movie and all the others, for free.
There’s probably even more references that we missed. Be sure to check out all of Echo’s cosmetics for yourself either on the PTR or when she hits the live servers.
Is this an xQc reference?
So far, there’s no indication as to when that will be, but with the experimental card now a feature in Overwatch, she may get some additional testing there before finally getting added to competitive.
The Overwatch League season has wrapped up for 2020, but the off-season roster shuffles are only just beginning. Ahead of the 2021 season, be sure to keep your eyes right here on Dexerto as we cover all of the major OWL moves you need to know.
San Francisco walked away from the 2020 Overwatch League season as the league’s first two-time, back-to-back winners. While it was an interesting season, to say the least, the NA squad once again proved why they are the most dominant team in Overwatch history.
However, in 2021, that could all change. After all, the off-season is a wacky and wild time where players could land anywhere.
The Shock went back-to-back in OWL 2020, taking down Seoul Dynasty in the final 4-2.
We saw big movers and shakers in the likes of the Vancouver Titans and Washington Justice in 2020, and what happens in 2021 is anyone’s guess.
Before we get stuck into the big moves, there’s a few key dates in the Overwatch League transfer period you need to be weary of.
Oct. 12, 2020: Teams may begin submitting player trades for League Office review. All player trades are subject to League Office approval prior to becoming effective. Teams may also begin extending or otherwise signing their current players to standard contracts.
Oct. 16, 2020: Deadline by which teams must exercise any options to extend existing contracts which were initially executed in 2020.
Oct. 23, 2020: PSAs signed using the 2020 PSA template that are not extended terminate and such Players become free agents. Players who are signed using the 2020 PSA template whose contracts extend into the 2021 Season begin receiving Base Salary at the 2021 Season rate.
Oct. 24, 2020: Teams may begin signing free agents to contracts for the 2021 Season.
Nov. 13, 2020: Deadline by which teams must exercise any team options to extend existing contracts which were initially executed in 2019.
Nov. 20, 2020: Players whose contracts that are not extended become free agents. Teams and players also may mutually agree to an early release from contracts prior to this date.
Jan. 4, 2021: Deadline for all teams to have a minimum of seven players signed to season-long contracts for the 2021 season. (See below for changes to player contract terms for the 2021 season.)
Players who were born on or before June 30, 2003, are eligible to sign Overwatch League contracts for the 2021 season.
October 14: London Spitfire announces the release of seven players: ALTHOUGH, Babel, Clestyn, Highly, Jihun, Krillin, and Schwi.
It is with heavy hearts that we must announce that we must bid farewell to our players. We have offered free agency to most of our players to ensure that they can find a new team to thrive in with the least amount of resistance. #AcesHighpic.twitter.com/PqRIKHGAEn
Both players joined the Uprising amid a turbulent season & we're thankful for their adaptability, resilience & hard work along the way. We wish them success in 2021 & beyond! pic.twitter.com/4q3Z3mntxM
October 6: uNKOE retires from professional Overwatch to pursue Valorant.
I can finally announce that i'm LFT on VALORANT. I would like to join an EU team. I'm not ready yet for a twitlonger, will explain later what happened this season to me. And explain why i stop OW.https://t.co/KNm62mv3ym
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