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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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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Dafran rages after Overwatch teammate finds new way to grief as Wrecking Ball

Published: 8/Jan/2021 0:25 Updated: 8/Jan/2021 3:35

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer and former Overwatch League pro-turned-farmer extraordinaire Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca lost his cool during a January 7 broadcast when his Wrecking Ball teammate unintentionally griefed him.

Dafran has been making waves on Twitch since returning amid starting his career as a farmer – and he hasn’t lost his touch, with the DPS star’s aim being the envy of anyone who has ever played an FPS game.

Just like many other streamers, Francesca has really taken to playing Rust, but found himself returning to Overwatch just in time to discover a new way for Wrecking Ball players to screw him over with what he would later call an “Amazon Prime Delivery.”

The Danish streamer was in a tightly-contested Overwatch battle on Watchpoint Gibraltar, having managed to hold the enemy team before the first checkpoint. While his team seemed prime to win on their attack, the opposition dug in their heels and seemed to be outdoing Dafran’s squad.

Twitch streamer Dafran is now a farmer
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The former OWL pro is a farmer and Twitch streamer.

Sensing that he had to make some crazy plays to secure the win, he started with picking off the enemy Baptiste before landing three quick direct shots on Mercy to eliminate the opposition’s supports.

Following this, he picked off the enemy Soldier with a Flashbang into a double headshot combo, and seemed to be on the verge of securing victory – when suddenly his own Wrecking Ball messed everything up by booping the Roadhog right towards him, where the tank was able to hook and kill Dafran.

“You booped him to me!” the farmer raged. “You f**king killed me, Ball! You literally griefed the whole game by playing Ball and then you f**king kill me! Oh my God. What the f**k?!”

Despite Francesca’s tilt, his team remained calm and collected, fragged out and managed to push the payload into the yellow box of victory to win in the end.

“Holy sh*t, my blood pressure, dude,” he joked. “This is why I want to play Rust. So I don’t deal with this sh*t. I don’t want to die from an aneurysm, dude.”

After the match ended, the streamer viewed the sequence in the replay viewer to show exactly how he was screwed over.

“I killed three people here, I’m about to get away and boom!” he cried. “Amazon Prime Delivery. What the f**k, dude? I swear to God if we didn’t win this.”

Luckily, Dafran managed to keep his rage in check for the most part. Otherwise, the streaming sensation could very well have been looking at another ban from the platform if he took things a step too far.