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How to earn Free Echo cosmetics along with her Overwatch release

Published: 14/Apr/2020 23:38 Updated: 15/Apr/2020 1:28

by Bill Cooney

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Echo is the newest hero to grace the Overwatch roster, and Blizzard is giving players the chance to unlock exclusive rewards for her just by watching Twitch.

The last hero to be added before Overwatch 2 eventually arrives, Echo, along with all of her skins and cosmetics, was added in an update on April 14.

As a high-flying DPS character, the wait will be plenty long to get into Quick Play and Competitive matches to use her – but luckily, Blizzard has given us a way to earn sprays and pass the time while we queue.

To celebrate the arrival of Echo, players will be able to unlock up to six exclusive skins by watching Overwatch on Twitch, just like during one of the mini-events.

You can earn the sprays by watching any streamer in the Overwatch category, from now until April 20. As always, it’s important to note that your Twitch account must be linked to the Blizzard account you play Overwatch on in order to receive the drops.

As with other Twitch Overwatch promotions, two hours will get you one spray, four hours unlocks two more, and six hours unlocks the final three, including what might be one of Overwatch’s best sprays yet of Genji reenacting the famous Spider-Man impostor meme.

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“Only a Shimada can control the dragons.” Buddy, have we got some bad news for you.

In addition to the exclusive Twitch sprays, Overwatch is also putting on an Open Division tournament that any player can compete in called the Flash Ops: Echo Showdown, with a prize pool of $50,000 split between Europe and NA.

The competition will take place from April 18-19, and all teams will be required to have an Echo on their team at all times. If you have five Overwatch-playing friends and want to give it a shot, you can get more information and sign up right here.

The exclusive Echo sprays are only around for less than a week, so be sure to tune into Overwatch on Twitch to pick them up for free while you wait in queue for your chance to play the newest hero.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.