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Overwatch March 20 PTR update patch notes: Echo nerfed already & more

Published: 21/Mar/2020 17:32

by Bill Cooney

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Echo was fully introduced to Overwatch players on March 19 and already developers have rolled out an update for the new hero on the PTR. Here are the full patch notes for the March 20 update.

It didn’t take more than a few hours for players to figure out some of the tricks to use with Echo and her kit, particularly her Flight ability.

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Echo’s Flight is basically like Mercy’s Guardian Angel and Pharah’s Boost put together, but players discovered a way to maintain the ability’s original speed boost the entire time the hero’s in the air, greatly increasing her movement speed.

As you can see in the video above, the tech is super easy to pull off, basically all you had to do was cancel her Flight ability while the speed boost was active and jump at the same time.

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This allowed Echo to cruise across the map quicker than anyone else and basically made her the most mobile hero in all of Overwatch overnight.

Echo already comes equipped with a powerful DPS kit, so combine that with a movement ability that was basically OP as all hell at release, and you can see why developers didn’t waste any time getting an update out to fix it.

So while you’ll still have to keep an eye out for Echo along with Pharah floating around in the air now, we won’t have to worry about her diving our team’s backline right out of the gate.

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Developers have also added an option called “hold to fly” that will let players hold down Echo’s flight ability to keep it firing, similar to Pharah’s Boost.

Some players had also reported that Echo was able to target heroes and copy them using her Duplicate ultimate through shields, but devs have removed it according to the patch notes.

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Echo can no longer strafe your team flying at full speed through the air after the update.

Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan did say Echo would be on the PTR longer than most heroes, but at least developers don’t seem to be wasting any time rolling out updates for her.

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The full Overwatch PTR patch notes for March 20 are listed below:


Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – March 20, 2020

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes may also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and only reflects changes coming specifically to that platform.

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HERO UPDATES

Echo

Flight

  • Flight speed will now return to regular movement speed if canceled during the initial speed burst
  • Added the option for Hold for Flight within Echo’s hero options

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a variety of crashes

Heroes

Tracer

  • Fixed a bug where Blink would sometimes not move at all

Echo

  • Fixed a bug where Duplicate could target enemies through barriers
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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.