Today at BlizzCon ’18 Blizzard announced Overwatch’s 29th hero, Elizabeth Caledonia “Calamity” Ashe. This thirty-nine-year-old gunslinger is the leader of the Deadlock gang and makes her home in Deadlock Gorge in the desert of Arizona.
But just who is Ashe and how did she cross paths with Jessie McCree and become the leader of a criminal gang?
As the leader of the Deadlock Gang, Ashe has become a respected figure in the criminal underworld. But she wasn’t always a criminal, quite the opposite really. Ashe was born into an incredibly wealthy family and grew up with access to anything she could ever want. Her parents were consultants and coaches for some of the most powerful CEOs from businesses all over the world. Despite her fortunate upbringing, there was one thing money couldn’t buy, and that was her parents’ affection. Ashe was largely ignored by her parents and spent the majority of her childhood with the family’s Omnic butler, Bob.
Later a chance meeting with a local ruffian, Jesse McCree, sent Ashe down a path a petty crimes, which led her to something she finally thought she could be good at — being a criminal. Alongside McCree and two other unnamed individuals, Ashe founded the Deadlock Gang and used her parents’ business lessons to bring all the local gangs in the area together. Using her principles — keep your word, don’t work with the law, respect each other’s territory, and always punish betrayal — the Deadlock Gang became one of the most feared gangs in the Wild West.
As a fighter, Ashe is deadly. Here’s a look at her formidable abilities.
Ashe’s semi-automatic rifle fires quick shots, or she can use her aim-down sights for a more damaging, precise shot.
Ashe throws an explosive that detonates after a short delay or immediately when shot. The explosion from Dynamite also lights enemies on fire, dealing damage over time.
Ashe blasts enemies in front of her, knocking them away and propelling herself backward for added mobility.
Ashe summons her trusted omnic sidekick, B.O.B., who charges forward and knocks enemies into the air, then lays down suppressing fire with his arm cannons.
There’s no word at this time on when Ashe will be available on the PTR, but if you’re lucky enough to be attending BlizzCon, you can try her out today in the demo area.
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