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Overwatch developer provides possible hint for Echo’s kit

Published: 4/Jan/2020 0:37

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch developer Geoff Goodman may have provided players with a hint towards what could be included in Echo’s kit in a post on abilities and weapons devs haven’t used yet.

Echo was first revealed to Overwatch players all the way back in 2018 with Ashe and McCree’s “Reunion” animated short at BlizzCon.

Since then she’s popped up in the Overwatch 2 cinematic trailer and has been confirmed as an upcoming hero by developers, although no date or time frame has been given for her release.

Even though we don’t know when she could be joining the cast of Overwatch heroes, there have been theories flying around about what kind of role she might take when she comes out.

Now sharp-eyed fans have found a post from March 2019 where developer Geoff Goodman listed a few of the “unused ability and weapon prototypes” that the game developers have made over the years.

It’s definitely cool to hear about what kinds of things the game’s developers come up with, but some players thing Goodman’s comments might contain a hint at Echo’s upcoming kit as well.

Geoff Goodman

The ability that stood out to most players was the so-called “Bomblet Gun” which fires low-damage projectiles that stick to enemies and would allow players to detonate all of the bombs at once.

Goodman said at the time of the post in 2019 that the team hadn’t been able to find a hero that fits the weapon just yet, but after seeing the Overwatch 2 trailer at BlizzCon 2019, the Bomblet Gun could be similar to how Echo’s weapon will operate.

If we look at the “Zero Hour” cinematic for 2, Echo shows up at around 5:12 into the video, and uses a weapon that fires energy projectiles that seem to stick to enemies before detonating all at once, just like Goodman’s “Bomblet Gun.”

Credit for putting these pieces together goes to Reddit user sniperq4010, who made the connection and posted their findings to the Competitive Overwatch subreddit.

Timestamp at 5:12 for mobile viewers.

Only time will tell if Echo will actually come with some form of the weapon, but she does seem to be using something pretty similar in the Zero Hour short which is really the first time we’ve seen her in action since she was revealed.

The other ability Goodman mentions is a wall that makes allied players behind it invisible to enemies, which sounds almost cooler than the Bomblet Gun.

“Invis Wall” could also be another one of Echo’s abilities, for all we know, so it will be very interesting to see what she ends up having in her kit at release.


Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton


Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

Overwatch Numbani gameplay
Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.