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OVERWATCH HAS A NEW OFFENSE CHARACTER.

It was just a few months ago when Overwatch Hero #28 was introduced and the world fell in love with Hammond.  At Activision/Blizzard’s annual convention, BlizzCon, they have added another femme’ fatale… Ashe.

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Ashe and her automatic rifle

WHERE IS SHE FROM?

Ashe is a young debutante from a rich family.  Her parents are absent throughout her life and as a result, although she has a close confidant in her butler, B.O.B.  She rebelled in various ways.  As a young girl, she fought the boys in her academy.  As a young woman, she was arrested numerous times.  Finally, Ashe set out on her own with few possessions, repeatedly breaking the law until becoming the head of her own gang and pseudo-family, the Deadlock Gang.

In fact, in the Reunion short released at BlizzCon, Ashe appears to be responsible for the wrecked train in the Route 66 map, and her explosive robbery come to the attention of a certain Blackwatch time-telling gunslinger.

WHAT CAN SHE DO? 

Ashe is armed with the Viper long rifle.  Unlike other Overwatch characters, she loads the bullets one at a time up to 12 rounds.  The more bullets used before reloading, the longer of a reload time she has.  The reload is interruptable, so you can fire it before loading all 12 rounds.  She can fire it from the hip or aimed for a more damaging shot.  She does not use a scope, so she may not be as precise as Widowmaker.

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Aiming down the Viper

Ashe also uses a bundle of dynamite as a weapon with a 10 second cooldown.  It can be thrown and explode in a few seconds, or it can be shot to explode earlier by herself or another character.  The explosion can damage Ashe if she is nearby and it burns anyone in its radius, causing damage over time.

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Fire in the hole!

In addition to all of that, Ashe carries the Coach Gun, a short double barrel shotgun that can be used to knock back enemies, as well as propel Ashe backwards and give herself room to maneuver.  A well aimed shot can bounce Ashe players up to higher platforms.

Finally, Ashe’s super is her Omnic butler and friend, B.O.B.  She summons the sidekick who acts as a support player for herself.  B.O.B. will sharge ahead, bump enemies into the air, then shooting them with the automatic weapons in his forearms.  B.O.B. can be buffed and debuffed like any other character on the map.  Moreover, he can capture and contest objectives, too.  If he is not defeated, he will eventually despawn himself.

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B.O.B., this is everybody. Everybody, meet B.O.B.

WHEN IS ASHE COMING?

Blizzard did not announce an official release date for Ashe.  However, when Blizzard announces a character, they are usually found on the PC public test servers within weeks and released soon after that.  It would not be surprising to have Ashe available this holiday season.

Ashe has been voiced by Jennifer Hale, a veteran voice actor that has worked on other games including Metal Gear Solid, Spider-Man, BioShock Infinite, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.  Additionally, in 2013, she was recognized by Guiness World Records as the most prolific woman voice actor in video games.

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