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Overwatch players uncover Echo’s broken headshot hitbox

Published: 17/Apr/2020 8:41

by Brad Norton

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The newest hero in Overwatch, Echo, is able to transform into any other character in the game, but it turns out she might not be able to protect herself as a new discovery highlights just how broken her hitbox is.

Echo is one of the most uniquely powerful heroes in the history of Blizzard’s hero shooter. Not only is her mobility among the very best, but the hero’s Ultimate can easily destabilize an enemy team in a matter of seconds. 

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Perhaps the biggest downside to the newest hero, however, appears to be her hitbox, as players have uncovered how challenging it can be to actually avoid critical damage.

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Echo’s headshot hitbox could be a little off, according to this new breakdown.

Echo only hit the live Overwatch servers on April 14 and the avid player-base is already scrutinizing the full-release version of the character, after weeks on the Public Test Region.

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Heading into a custom game on April 16, Reddit user ‘airstrikexx’ scoped in as Widowmaker and got to testing the character’s hitbox. 

It instantly became apparent that headshots were registering on Echo from a wider range than would normally be deemed acceptable. 

The sniper was able to one-tap the hero by placing a shot between the back of the Omnic’s head and the top of her wings. All without ever actually placing their crosshair on the character.

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Echo’s head hitbox from the side. from Overwatch

Another visualization showcased the heroes’ full hitbox from head to toe. It turns out that Echo’s critical box covers a radius around her entire head. This means that shots can land anywhere in the given radius, not just when connecting with the Omnic directly.

In moment to moment gameplay, Echo can be quite a difficult character to track and actually connect your shots with. 

Her movement is often unpredictable and lining up a perfect shot can be a challenge. As a result, perhaps this hitbox design is intentional to allow for easier headshots. There’s no quite telling without comment from the developers.

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Perhaps Echo’s hitbox will remain untouched moving forward, or maybe we’ll see this quirky design choice altered in a nearby update.

If you’re insta-locking Echo in all of your games though, be sure to check out our top tips so you can dominate the competitive ladder.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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