Overwatch's newest hero Echo pointing to the left

[Update #2]: Overwatch's final hero Echo has now been released for both casual and competitive play.

[Update]: Blizzard has revealed Echo's basic cosmetics, as well as announced that they're working on changing the Competitive Map Pools.

Given the recent Origin Story trailer and Echo's overall calm demeanor, the consensus among the Overwatch community was that she would be some sort of support hero. As it turns out, Echo is an absolutely restless DPS hero with perhaps the most unique ultimate in all of Overwatch!

Her primary attack is multiple projectiles with a decent bit of spread which makes them strong at close-medium range, but more or less a mere nuisance at long range. To further enforce this idea of close-quarters combat, Echo's secondary attack fires off multiple sticky bombs that detonate after a short period of time. Since these types of attacks need a bit of mobility in order be effective, you'll either be glad or horrified to hear that Echo also has the ability to fly in any direction on a fairly low cooldown!

That's not all, however, as Echo has one more ability - Focusing Beam. It's a fairly short ranged laser that deals a mere 50 damage per second, but ramps up to 200 damage per second if the target is below 50% health. This also includes shields, so if you ever see a slightly cracked Reihnardt shield, you can pretty much finish it off alone.

Overwatch screenshot of the new hero Echo using her attacks

What makes Echo so exciting, at least as far as my tastes are concerned, is the ultimate that allows her to replicate any enemy hero for 15 seconds. But not only do you become a full-health copy of that hero, you also gain ultimate charge at a massively increased rate. So for example, if you replicate Tracer, you could potentially throw out 5-6 Pulse Bombs by the time Duplicate has run its course!

Don't worry too much about the balance though, as Blizzard has already said they're keeping a close eye on her and will tweak her before she reaches the live serves. So if you would like to give them a hand, or simply check out Echo for yourself, make sure to visit the currently ongoing PTR.

Have fun, and I'll leave you with the newest developer update discussing Echo.