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Overwatch clip shows how OP Echo’s ultimate can really be

Published: 19/Apr/2020 20:08

by Bill Cooney

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A wild new play with Echo shows just how powerful her ultimate can be, and is adding fuel to the fire for some Overwatch players claiming that the ability is much too overpowered.

Echo is the last new character that will be added before Overwatch 2, and her Duplicate ability is unlike any ultimate we’ve seen so far, since it allows her to imitate any other hero in the game.

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It also lets her to charge up the ultimate ability of the character she’s copying 650% faster than normal, which means she can absolutely decimate an enemy team given the right circumstances.

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Duplicate could be one of the most powerful ultimates yet.

We’ve practically all seen the practice range footage of how powerful Echo’s ultimate is supposed to be, but a new clip from Reddit user frozenwaterbear does a good job showing part of why the ability is considered so OP in the main game.

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In the play, the Echo Reaper pops Death Blossom but doesn’t get many results on the first go, just a few shots into Roadhog later, though, and they already the ability again.

Most teams in Overwatch can survive a single Reaper ult no problem, but two over the course of a few seconds is obviously too much to stand up against for long.

Whiffed the first death blossom, still get a second chance. Broken? from r/Overwatch

These kinds of crazy Echo plays will only become more common as people learn how to use the new hero, so Reddit user Peach198 suggested cutting down on the amount of copied ultimates she could charge.

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“She really should only be allowed to build one ultimate when transformed,” they suggested. “After that the ult charge should just be locked. It’s too powerful to let her have the pick of the enemies ults and then potentially use them several times in one go.”

This would be a drastic change and cut down on the game-changing potential of Echo’s ultimate a bit, but clips like the one above show that in the right hands and in the right situation, Duplicate can basically win team fights all on its own.

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Dealing damage isn’t the only use for Echo’s ultimate, but it’s probably the most popular.

How quickly Echo charges heroes’ ultimates in Duplicate isn’t the only reason players feel the ability is overpowered – while copying another character she basically gains another life as well.

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When Echo’s copy of a hero is killed or expires, she simply returns to the map with full health, regardless of where she was at before the ability, which makes it a very low-risk play to begin with.

Overwatch devs have definitely made major changes to heroes before (see Symmetra and Torb) but Echo just came out, so whether or not they’ll be making changes this quickly remains to be seen.

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For now, your best course of action might be to hang back whenever you’re sure an Echo has their ultimate, and then try to take them out after they transform back.

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Overwatch pro lashes out after being “thrown in trash” by OWL team

Published: 13/Oct/2020 6:30 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 7:16

by Brad Norton

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The 2020 Overwatch League season has now come to an end and teams have already begun to act on new roster shuffles. Mere hours after being let go by the Los Angeles Gladiators, Roni ‘LhCloud’ Tiihonen had some harsh words for his former team.

It wasn’t the most successful year for the LA Gladiators. The organization finished among the Top 8 in North American playoffs, failing to win a map against Philadelphia Fusion and Florida Mayhem. With the offseason now underway, teams are free to make roster adjustments as needed.

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Among the first to make a move was the LA franchise. They let LhCloudy go after just a few months with the team. It wasn’t long before the Main Tank expert took to Twitch and reacted to the news.

“I play 10 hours a day, I don’t get paid s***, and then I get thrown into the trash,” he said on October 12. “That’s just life.”

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The Finnish pro came to the league in 2019, joining Paris Eternal after a run with Team Gigantti in Contenders. He was soon traded over to the Gladiators, though his time spent with the team appears to have left him quite bitter.

When asked what his biggest disappointment was for the year, he aimed his complaints at the coaching staff. “I think our coaching staff made a lot of stupid f***ing decisions in our playoffs.”

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“They come to me after… oh s***, you were right.” Ultimately, the team was unable to win a map in their playoff run. Even after apologizing for not taking his supposed advice, LhCloud believed that it “didn’t mean anything.”

While his initial comments were scathing, he soon followed up by explaining that everyone on the team worked hard for the games.

“I think we just made wrong decisions in the playoffs… it’s not just the coaches fault, it’s everybody’s fault,” he added.

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After wrapping up his Twitch stream for the day, he took to Twitter to apologize for his comments. “I just wanted to say I really fu**** up today and said stupid stuff on stream. I was very emotional and it was very stupid of me to blame others. I live for OW and dedicate all of my hours to it so hearing that I was going to be released crushed my soul.”

The offseason has only just begun so there’s still plenty of weeks ahead of LhCloudy to find a new team. In case you missed the closing moments of the 2020 Overwatch League finals, here’s how things played out.

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