Blizzard Entertainment’s iconic first-person shooter Overwatch continues to add new and interesting heroes into its roster. Each new hero presents opportunities to shift the meta of Overwatch, having its players test their limits and see how each hero can be used most effectively. Overwatch’s newest and final hero release before Overwatch 2, Echo, will surely shake things up for players.
After debuting in a promotional short for Overwatch 2, Echo has now been available to play within Overwatch’s PTR (Public Test Region). Players have been able to test her abilities, see how she reacts to certain combat situations, and pair her with the appropriate allies. Echo is a new Damage role hero, meaning she will be used primarily for finishing off the enemy team and flanking their formation when possible. Her primary fire allows her to shoot three shots in a triangle formation, similar to a mini-shotgun spread, but with a longer range than other shotgun spreads seen in Overwatch.
Echo is equipped with two other attack abilities, each allowing her to finish off targets more effectively. Her Sticky Bombs ability fires a volley of six bombs, attaching themselves to any surface or enemy they come into contact with, then detonating one second later. Echo’s other damage ability, Focusing Beam, has her channel a laser beam from her hands. If the target is at less than half of their maximum health, Focusing Beam does four times its normal damage.
While Echo has many abilities to deal damage, she also has abilities that allow her to maneuver around the map with ease. Echo can easily accomplish flanks and escapes by use of her Flight ability, allowing her to have a burst of speed then fly freely for a short period of time. She is also able to glide gently towards the ground after her Flight is finished.
What makes Echo the most interesting, though, is her Ultimate Ability: Duplicate. When in range of an enemy, Echo can replicate herself into a copy of the target. She can use all of the abilities of the copied enemy, and upon duplication, her health and all cooldowns are reset. What makes Duplicate even more powerful is Echo’s increased Ultimate Ability charge during this time. Echo can charge the copied Ultimate at an incredible rate, gaining the opportunity to utilize the duplicated enemy to their maximum potential.
Echo is an incredible addition to the Overwatch roster, showcasing her skills to not only take out enemies effectively but to get where she needs to with high speed. She can quickly finish injured targets with Focusing Beam, while also keeping pressure on Tanks and their barriers with Sticky Bombs. Her Flight allows her to gain an incredible advantage in height and movement, giving her the upper-hand in a fight quickly. When all else fails, Duplicate is a surefire way to push back, especially when targeting other Tanks with immense health and Ultimates like D.Va or Reinhardt.
Echo is shaping up to be a fun new addition to the immensely packed world of Overwatch. Players of the Overwatch PTR say she is extremely strong, some even asking for her to be nerfed. Echo has already been debuffed in the PTR, removing her ability to Duplicate through barriers and disallowing the burst of speed to carry into her Flight ability. While these changes are for the better of the game, Echo is still showcasing her strengths very well by using her attack-based abilities. Competitive Play for Overwatch has also implemented a new Hero Pool feature for Season 21, disallowing the use of some heroes each week. While Echo may not be in rotation every week for Competitive Play, Overwatch’s meta is set to shift with the addition of this new, exciting Damage hero.
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