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Insane Overwatch clutch shows why Echo mains should Duplicate Reinhardt

Published: 16/Apr/2020 19:24

by Michael Gwilliam


Echo is the newest hero added to Overwatch, and only a day after her official release, players are already showing some incredible skill and knowledge with the damage character.

Duplicate is one of the strongest Ultimates in Overwatch, allowing Echo to transform into an enemy player for fifteen seconds and gain a ridiculous Ultimate charge rate of 650%.

This means it’s possible to get multiple Ultimates as whichever Hero Echo decides to Duplicate, provided the animation is quick enough and you do enough damage or healing in the allotted time.

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Duplicate could be the best Ultimate yet.

However, it’s not always about getting Ultimates with Duplicate, as Redditor ‘Wooboosted’ illustrated with an extremely intelligent clip.

In their video, the enemy team launches a Bomb in Wooboosted’s direction. While it seemed like the explosion would certainly eliminate the Echo player, the Redditor decided to act fast and Duplicate the enemy Reinhardt.

Right after completing the transform animation, the Echo prodigy held up his newly obtained shield to block the bomb, which only managed to pick off his Ana.

Swapping to Rein with Echos Ult just in time to block D.Va bomb and land a big shatter! from Overwatch

Despite the fight being a 4v6, Wooboosted charged at the opposition and refragged, eliminating the enemy Ana from the fight.

The Charge kill was enough to grant the Redditor 100% on his Earth Shatter, and landed it perfectly as he found himself behind the enemy squad.

With the attackers now knocked to the floor, he, along with the rest of his team, were able to clean up their foes with help from a Fire Strike and some hammer swings.

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Focusing Beam is a great tool to clean up kills.

To close it out, despite returning to the standard Echo form, the player used Focusing Beam and some Sticky Bombs to confirm kills onto the enemy and their Reinhardt, halting any further payload progress on Blizzard World.

As Dexerto pointed out in our guide, Reinhardt is one of the best heroes to use Duplicate on, and this clip illustrates why perfectly.

Players are still getting used to Echo and her power, but with plays like this already lightning up the kill feed, we’re bound to see many more highlights and innovations in the near future.


New Overwatch mode shows how hero ban system would work in ranked play

Published: 24/Jan/2021 17:35

by Michael Gwilliam


Hero bans in Overwatch have long been a contested topic amongst the community and the developers, primarily with how such a concept could be implemented. Now, a new mode has been created that shows how hero bans would work in ranked play.

As a competitive game, Overwatch has struggled to maintain balance, often leading to stale metas or overpowered heroes. As a result, this has led to heroes calling for hero bans in ranked play.

In the past, Blizzard has attempted its own variation of hero bans, with the devs themselves deciding which heroes to ban every given week. However, this quickly fell by the wayside as many were unhappy with the implementation.

Those against hero bans normally are so because it means there is a chance those players can’t choose their favorite character. Now, however, this new hero ban mode gives those users the chance to keep playing their main while still getting the benefits of a ban.

Preview of the ingame Hero Ban & Protect system made by @GrandeurHammers for SVB’s experimental PUGs (tonight @ 8:30pm GMT) from Competitiveoverwatch

This new custom game mode lets every player in the lobby first vote on which heroes to protect from a ban before voting on which heroes would be removed from play.

Basically, the heroes with the most votes in the protect phase cannot be banned, but in the event of ties, the system will choose.

The best part about this is the fact that every player on each team has a vote, so if someone really wants to play Mercy, they can ask all their teammates to protect that support so it cannot be banned.

Once heroes have been banned, however, they will be grayed out so no one on either team will be able to pick it.

The mode itself has many different options too such as the number of votes each player gets, the ability to see who voted for what hero, the length of the protect and ban stages, and more.

According to Overwatch content creator SVB, who tested the mode with Pick Up Games, it was designed to replicate what it would be like in ranked where players may not know who their teammates or opponents are.

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The hero ban system has a lot of options.

If you want to try it out yourself, the code is HDVGF. Give it a shot and see what you think of the experience.

Who knows, there is even a chance that the devs decide to implement this in some capacity, especially with Overwatch 2 still on the way.