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Powerful Echo Ana Duplicate strategy can instantly win Overwatch fights

Published: 29/Apr/2020 21:08

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch’s newest hero, Echo, is finally back in Competitive rotation after being banned just a week after her release – and skilled players have already discovered a sneaky trick with her that can instantly win team fights.

Echo’s Duplicate is considered one of the most dynamic and impactful Ultimates in the game, letting players transform into an enemy hero for fifteen seconds.

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Toronto Defiant DPS Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts ended up discovering a surprise trick with Duplicate completely by accident during a ranked match on Temple of Anubis.

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Duplicate is one of the best Ultimates in Overwatch.

After repelling the enemy’s advances for the first minute, allowing the Canadian superstar to build up his Ultimate, Roberts noticed his adversaries had used a Symmetra Teleporter to gain access to the right side of the high ground.

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“They TP’d right side,” he alerted his team before using Echo’s Flight ability to flank the attackers.

Once behind the enemies, he used Echo’s Duplicate to transform into Ana and use her Biotic Grenade in combination with Orisa’s Halt to connect with everyone on the opposing squad.

“Oh my God, I accidentally did that and it worked!” Surefour exclaimed as his team picked up frags on the rest of the attackers.

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Biotic Grenade can be one of the most powerful cooldown abilities in the game, considering its multiple functions. It not only heals allies for 100 HP, but also amplifies their healing received by 50% for four seconds. Additionally, it damages enemies for 60 HP and denies all their healing for the same duration.

Normally it’s suicide for an Ana player to get behind the enemy to land a big Biotic Grenade, and shields often make connecting with it from the front difficult – but with Echo, it’s a piece of cake.

What really makes the flank all the more powerful is that, even if Surefour died as Ana, he would just revert back to Echo’s normal form, so the transformation allows him to play as wild as he wants.

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The beautiful accident was good enough to earn Surefour Play of the Game honors, which impressed his team.

“Let’s go!” one cheered after seeing the play from the streamer’s perspective.

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Next time you’re locking Echo and the enemy team has an Ana, try out this flank and see if you can reap the rewards.

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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.