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How to watch the reveal for Overwatch’s newest hero Echo

Published: 18/Mar/2020 23:59

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch fans will get their first look at Echo, the brand new Support hero, along with her kit and abilities when Jeff Kaplan sits down with Twitch star TimTheTatman to go over the hero on stream.

Echo was first introduced at BlizzCon 2018 in McCree and Ashe’s Reunion short, and it’s taken over a year for the character to find her way into Overwatch itself as a hero.

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Now that we know Echo is coming at Hero 32, we’ll get our first chance to check out her kit and abilities with a Twitch stream on March 19 featuring Tim and the face of Overwatch himself, Jeff Kaplan.

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Echo was officially revealed as Hero 32 on March 18.

Tim will be broadcasting live from Blizzard HQ in sunny Irvine California, with the Echo portion of the stream kicking off at 10 AM PST.

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Kaplan will sit down with the streamer and go over Echo’s kit and abilities, like he’s done with other streamers for heroes like Ashe and Sigma.

If precedent is anything to go off of, we could also see Echo released to the PTR on March 19 as well during Tim’s stream. When Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned was brought to do the same with Sigma in 2019, Kaplan released the tank live to the PTR while they were trying it out.

Things could go the same way with Echo, so be sure to tune into the stream on TimTheTatman’s Twitch channel, which can be found below. The reveal won’t be streamed on any official Overwatch accounts either, so Tim’s will be the only place you can catch it.

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What do we know about Echo so far?

Even though Echo has been around the Overwatch universe for over a year, Blizzard seems to have done a pretty good job of keeping any gameplay details under wraps.

In the Overwatch 2 cinematic trailer, Echo was shown briefly flying over enemies and shooting them with what looked like time-delayed sticky bombs.

This could mean she’s a highly mobile Support, one who can deal out a fair amount of damage on her own in addition to helping out teammates.

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Overwatch’s last two support heroes, Moira and Brigitte, have been the source of endless complaints from players who felt they were too powerful at release. In Moira’s case some players still feel she’s OP more than two years after launch, so hopefully Echo is a less controversial hero.

Even though we’ve known about Echo for a while, it will still be exciting to see exactly what her abilities and ultimate are, how they work, and whether or not Tim will actually be able to win a match with her.

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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.