Overwatch’s Echo and unified hero pool update arrive next week

Identity theft is not a joke, Jim!

    
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A new playable hero is always a massive deal in Overwatch, so it’s no surprise to hear that the game’s legion of followers have been anxiously awaiting word when the next one would arrive. While we knew that the 32nd character would be the android Echo, it’s only today did we get the word from Blizzard that it will arrive next Tuesday, April 14th.

“The 32nd Overwatch hero is a cutting edge multi-role adaptive robot created by Dr. Mina Liao to perform different functions that help humanity and is fully equipped for combat,” said Blizzard.

Those “helpful functions” include shooting humanity in the face with her tri-shot, blowing humanity up with her sticky bombs, slicing humanity in half with her focusing beam, flying over the carnage she hath wrought, and identity theft. Seriously: Echo can duplicate an enemy character and gain the use of their abilities.

Blizzard also announced today that on April 13th, it’ll add the unified Hero Pool, which will allow “the Overwatch League, Contenders/Open Division, and Competitive Play to mirror each other as closely as possible and making a more consistent viewing and play experience.” It’s also retiring the rotating map pools; after the patch, Competitive will include all maps except Paris and Horizon Lunar Colony (until their revamps).

“To determine a week’s Hero Pool, we’ll compile hero play rates from high-level Competitive Play matches from the preceding two weeks. Heroes with play rates above a certain threshold will be eligible to be removed; the higher their play rate, the more likely they are to be removed. Based on that, one Tank, two Damage, and one Support will be randomly removed from play. (Note that heroes will not be removed two weeks in a row.) At the end of each Sunday’s Overwatch League matches, we’ll announce the Hero Pool that will be used that upcoming week for both live Competitive Play, Overwatch League, and Contenders/Open Division. That pool will go into effect in the game Monday morning.
This process will occur every week of the Overwatch League regular season; during weeks that there are no Overwatch League matches, the same data will still be used to determine the Hero Pool and you will find out Monday morning.”

Source: Twitter

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Matthäus Wey

Why on earth would they release another DD when the game is in desperate need of some new tanks and healers which are fun to play. Knowing that this is the last hero for a really long time doesn’t help the case either.

Happy about the map pool changes tho.

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Slaasher

I wouldn’t say desperate. Truth be told in most of my games tanks and healers lead the boards in dps and elims.
Maybe with this hero the “DPS people” will actually be able to do their job LOLOL

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Matthäus Wey

Well, I agree with you about Elims and DMG, but the problem I see here is the queueing time. A lot of people don’t play healers or tanks, even if they deal dmg, just because they don’t enjoy the game as much. Killing something with Moira is just not as satisfying and healing with Baptiste is just plain boring for me. The reason why none of my friends play support/tanks is because healers/tanks just don’t play that well and are not that satisfying. I am a support player for life, but every now and then when I play DPS it becomes really obvious how little fun it can be to play support.

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Motherball

To each their own. I enjoy playing most of the tanks and healers and can easily switch up when needed but can only stomach 4 or 5 of the dd heroes.

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Matthäus Wey

Sure thing, it’s the same for me. I hardly ever play DD but there probably is a reason why so few play those to roles compared to DD.

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Slaasher

I call it the “hero complex”
Too many people think that with a DD hero they can “carry” the game and be the hero with some random massive play.
In reality, far too many dd players really don’t have the particular ability to carry a game.
As I said above they are also under the delusion that tanks and healers can’t carry games when in fact the only way to win is with a good tank/ healer imo.