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“8+2” NO-BRAINER TIPS FOR 

PLAYING ECHO

 

“8+2” NO-BRAINER TIPS FOR PLAYING ECHO

Lovers of the DPS heroes rejoice, we have a new hero to play with! Echo is really unique to play, and she is not for the beginners. Mastering her skillset takes practice, and quick decision making is key to win teamfights.

Here are our usual 8+2 no-brainer tips to help you out with the basics and some more specific strategies to use in the battlefield.

 

General tips

  • Know your cooldowns! Echo is a really squishy hero, being efficient with your moves is really important to stay alive. You can not be as aggressive as a Tracer or a Genji, since you don’t really have a way out of a fight if you use your Flight to get close to the action. Compare her tempo and playstyle to Doomfist instead. 
  • Pay attention to your hovering, you are not Pharah. I hate to admit, but I fell off the map during my first playtest 3 times. Don’t be me, only go for crazy flanks off the map when you are already comfortable with Flight and gliding.
  • Echo requires different aiming styles for different abilities. Her basic attacks and Sticky Bombs are projectile, so you will need to lead your shots, but Focus Beam works like Zarya’s or Symmetra’s primary attack, thus tracking aim becomes relevant. Practice both of these techniques to become a master at the hero.
  • You can cancel your Focus Beam at any time. This is important to note, because sometimes you might find yourself in a situation where you would be better off using your primary fire. Pay attention to this and don’t waste damage.



Hero specific tips

  • Plan your Duplicate targets before a big teamfight. Since your ultimate generation rate is heavily boosted during this time, you can potentially charge up to 2-3 ultimate charges for Reinhardt or Tracer for example. Duplicating a support hero like Ana for Biotic Grenade or Baptiste for Immortality Field are also great choices. Generally finding a high burst hero like Doomfist or Genji is never bad. 
  • Your main combo is using one shot of your primary fire, use your Sticky Bomb right away after that, then immediately follow up with your Focus Beam. Your beam bonus damage will kick in almost instantly if you manage to hit your target. Melting tanks becomes really easy if you manage to land your full combo.
  • To keep up your momentum in the air, you need to turn slowly and calmly while gliding. If you do it too fast, you will slow down and lose momentum gradually. Pay attention to the Flight/Glide audio cues, they actually help you gauge how well you are doing this.
  • Look out for hitscan heroes like McCree, Soldier:76 and Widowmaker. Dodging their shots in the air is going to be much harder compared to Pharah, and you are extremely squishy as Echo. When facing these heroes, play more behind barriers and wait for safe opening.



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  • If you immediately cancel your Flight ability after a jump, you will get a big momentum boost. To always reach the maximum potential, you can bind your Flight hotkey to your mouse wheel scroll. There is also a handy key setting that allows you to hold the flight key to activate it, making you able to rocket in the air with a jump [hold] + flight [push and release] combo quickly.

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  • If you crouch right before using your Flight for a quick horizontal dash, your player model will dip further down to the ground, making it harder for the enemy team to hit you.

 

Now, with Echo joining the lineup we are looking forward to the next chapter. It has been confirmed that there are not going to be any new heroes added to Overwatch from now on, and the next big event is going to be the release of Overwatch 2 itself. 

Until then, let’s try to master and enjoy Echo as much as we can, play together, win together and improve together!

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