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Overwatch devs respond to bug making Echo’s Duplicate less powerful

Published: 14/Jul/2020 19:26

by Michael Gwilliam


Echo’s Duplicate is one of the most powerful Ultimates in Overwatch, but it seems to have a bug that can really hurt her survivability and make friendly supports waste their time healing her.

Duplicate lets Echo briefly transform into any hero on the enemy team and build their Ultimate very quickly. During this time, it’s not uncommon for the enemy to focus the Echo and use all sorts of cooldowns and abilities on her.

One popular tool to deal with Echo is Ana’s Biotic Grenade. Biotic Grenade is probably the most multi-purpose ability in Overwatch. It heals allies, damages foes, buffs healing received by 50%, and denies healing for enemies.

When enemies are hit with a Biotic Grenade, they turn “purple” for a short time, indicating that they cannot be healed. That said, for teammates of an Echo who is using Duplicate, not all supports can see this effect.

Echo uses Focusing Beam in Overwatch
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Echo is Overwatch newest hero.

In a post on the Competitive Overwatch Subreddit, user Bumblebeeji noted that aside from Mercy and Zenyatta (who have a distinct user interfaces) supports can’t tell if the duplicated Echo had been hit with a Biotic Grenade.

As a result, teammates could end up wasting healing resources on the Echo while completely unaware that she isn’t actually getting HP back.

“If you’re pumping heals into your Echo and nothing is happening, this might be why. Probably a good idea to ask your Echo to communicate if they are naded,” Bumblebeeji wrote.

Mercy knows Echo is naded in Overwatch
Mercy’s UI lets her know the Echo has been hit by a Biotic Grenade.

This bug could also be a big deal for heroes like Zarya who can use their Projected Barrier to cleanse the anti-heal effect. Not knowing their Echo had been hit by the grenade, however, poses a major problem.

Luckily, the developers took note of this post and responded that they’re looking into it.

“Thanks for posting, we’ll check it out,” lead software engineer Bill Warnecke said.

So far, there’s no estimated fix for this bug, but at least they’re investigating it so hopefully, we’ll see a fix by the time the next patch rolls along.


When is Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2020 event? Everything we know

Published: 2/Dec/2020 21:29

by Michael Gwilliam


It’s finally December, which means Overwatch’s annual Christmas event dubbed Winter Wonderland is just around the corner. Here is everything we know about the upcoming event, when it comes out and what to expect.

Like most Overwatch events, there are a couple of things to know about Winter Wonderland: it will bring new skins and a limited-time game mode.

What special game modes will the event include?

In the case of Winter Wonderland, there are two: Mei’s Snowball Challenge and Yeti Hunter.

Just as with Summer Games and Halloween Terror 2020, don’t expect to see either mode revamped too heavily. Instead, what Blizzard has been doing is added some slight tweaks to the classics.

Mei hit with snowball in Overwatch
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Mei’s Snowball Offensive is expected to return.

With Mei’s Snowball Offensive, every player has to play as Mei with her primary fire shooting a snowball. If you hit an opponent, they’re eliminated and the team with no players remaining loses the round.

Meanwhile, Yeti Hunt has Mei players tasked with freezing a “Yeti” in the form of Winston on Nepal Village. It will be interesting to see how or if Blizzard decides to modify the modes like they’ve done in the past.

New Winter Wonderland skins

Winter Wonderland also introduces new skins themed around Christmas or just snow-themed attire including winter sports. Some of the popular skins from years past include Santa Torbjorn, Ugly Sweater 76, Nutcracker Zenyatta and Beachrat.

Orisa gets puppy for Christmas
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Players can unwrap all sorts of cosmetics.

It will be interesting to see which heroes get skins this year. Notably, D.Va, Baptiste, Brigitte, Genji and Echo don’t have any Winter Wonderland skins yet, so there is a chance they get some this time around.

When will the event start?

In the past, Winter Wonderland has begun on December, 13, 12, 11 and 10 with each day falling on a Tuesday.

Based on this, both December the 8 and December 15 are likely candidates. However, the 15 would leave just ten days between the event starting and Christmas, so that may play a factor for when Blizzard decides to kick off the festivities.

In any case, the event should be a fun one, especially as Overwatch 2 looms with BlizzCon on the horizon come February. Will this be the final Christmas event in the regular Overwatch game? We’ll have to wait and see.