Overwatch update turns Echo into high-flying healer in Workshop creation - Dexerto

Overwatch update turns Echo into high-flying healer in Workshop creation

Published: 20/Jul/2020 7:51 Updated: 20/Jul/2020 8:36

by Brad Norton


Echo threw competitive Overwatch for a loop upon release with her copycat DPS abilities, but what if she had been released in a different role instead? A new Workshop creation envisions the hero as a powerful Support, and it’s pretty nuts.

When Echo was added into Blizzard’s popular hero shooter in April, her kit stood out as one of the most original to date. From high mobility to extreme bursts of damage and a character-copying Ultimate, she could seemingly do it all. For a few weeks Echo pushed the meta in a new direction as a devastating Damage-based hero.

While it can be fun to imagine how certain heroes would work under a different role, the latest Workshop update can make it real. Thanks to a handful of new tools, abilities can be adjusted like never before. We’ve already seen Moira and Orisa expand their arsenal and now Echo has been targeted for all-new changes.

If you’ve ever wanted to see the high-flying damage dealer as a Support hero instead, well now you can. Here’s how the Omnic character looks as a healer.

Since people didn’t like that Echo was a DPS, I made her into a support myself! G8ZQR from Overwatch

The rework from Reddit user ‘jaydenye_jr’ first looks at Echo’s primary and secondary fire. Instead of being used to burst down enemies, she now deals far less damage in the Support role. Balancing this falloff is her new potential to boop enemies and heal allies. The closer Echo gets to an enemy, the further she’s able to knock them back with her primary fire.

Instead of launching an explosive projectile with her secondary, the character now launches a healing projectile. This bundle of healing can stick to any surface and heals any teammate that comes in contact with it. It can also be used as a way for Echo to self-heal as well.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of the secondary fire is that it can negate crowd-control abilities. If your allies are stuck in Mei’s Blizzard for instance, a simple right-click will free them in an instant.

Replacing her Focusing Beam is a brand-new way to make teammates invincible. Similar to Baptiste’s Immortality Field, Echo can gift the power of invulnerability for a short period. The key differences here are that it can only be applied to a single hero, and the effect lasts for just two seconds.

Overwatch hero Echo flying through Route 66
Spotting an Echo in the sky might not be as terrifying if she were a Support hero instead.

Echo’s Flight ability will heal nearby teammates and her Duplicating Ultimate will be much shorter, copying just one Ultimate from an enemy. These changes would certainly decrease her overall kill potential, but just how effective a healer would she be?

The creator has thankfully made the concept available for everyone. Meaning you can run a custom game with this version of Echo just to see how things might unfold. Be sure to use the following Workshop code to gain all of her new and tweaked abilities: G8ZQR.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
Blizzard Entertainment
Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.