The latest addition to the Overwatch roster might be the most powerful hero ever released as newly discovered Echo tricks reveal her true potential.
After multiple teases hinted at the next addition, Blizzard finally unveiled Echo as hero Hero 32 on March 19. Allowing players to jump straight onto the Public Test Realm to get a feel for the character, the community has already begun to expose just how powerful she can be.
From new movement tech to devastating Ultimate combinations and a few cheeky interactions, there’s plenty to learn about the new hero on day one.
Starting off in the Practice Range against bots, Redditor 'ShadedMike' showcased just how many Ultimates you can farm after cloning yourself into an enemy Tracer.
Due to Echo’s 650% Ult charge bonus while imitating another hero, Tracer is able to generate her Pulse Bomb with a single clip of damage. In total, it’s possible to gain up to seven deadly explosives in a matter of seconds.
Additionally, when stepping into the shoes of an enemy D.Va, players are able to generate multiple bombs that could wipe out enemy teams with ease.
In terms of advanced movement tech, players have already uncovered the ability to ‘bunny-hop’ after activating Echo’s ‘Flight.’
Upon landing with full momentum, simply jumping in rapid succession will keep your speed for a few hops, allowing you to zoom around corners after jumping away from or towards a fight.
A ‘superjump’ has also been discovered, granting players an even greater vertical leap. Rather than simply launching into the air and sailing back down shortly after, the cheeky trick gets you much higher into the sky, letting you float back down across entire sections of various maps.
For instance, the tactic can get you from Eichenwalde’s first defensive spawn room, all the way over to the first objective without touching the ground, as exemplified by Reddit user ‘Hakan76.’ As NYXL veteran Libero also demonstrated in a proper match on PTR, you can also get across Nepal in a matter of moments.
i just found out that u can go high and fast as fuck then maintain speed with bhop O_o cooool pic.twitter.com/IiFRJU9gJZ
— Patiphan (@ItsPatiphan) March 19, 2020
Echo is insane pic.twitter.com/CouVzxJA14
— Libero (@Liberot99) March 20, 2020
A number of niche tricks could give you an early edge over the opposition as the Overwatch community has already uncovered a few nifty functions with the new hero.
Aside from her Flight ability, Echo can also bump her movement speed by interacting with ledges while jumping. Rather than jumping in a straight line, dipping on and off of a surface can significantly boost your movement and get you out of a sticky situation.
Moreover, the hero comes with an innate advantage that allows players to avoid certain death through headshot damage.
Echo’s static pose has the hero blocking her face with her right hand. This means that hitscan heroes won’t be able to connect with headshots from certain angles. While this could easily be patched out in a future update, the hero currently has more headshot protection than most others.
While Echo might be a must-pick upon her full-release thanks to these insane mechanics, Game Director Jeff Kaplan recently confirmed that multiple Tank and Support heroes are indeed in the works.
In the meantime, here’s a full rundown on the latest Overwatch update that featured more than just the latest hero.