Blizzard Brings Another Overwatch Character To Heroes Of The Storm
For anyone that is a fan of Blizzard the next sentence should not really be a surprise. A third Overwatch character is coming to their MOBA game, Heroes of the Storm. Who is it this time? It’s that Audio medic, Lucio. Like Zarya and Tracer before him, Blizzard seems to have done a pretty good job of bringing the character to HotS as he exists in Overwatch. Take a look at the trailer below.
Below are all the specs that Blizzard released, but here is a quick rundown. Lucio’s Trait is Wall Ride, letting him move through terrain that would be difficult for others. This will get him to pass by other units and gain movement speed. Soundwave deals damage and knocks enemies back; Crossfade switches between his healing and speed boosts; and Amp It Up improves the effectiveness of the two boosts. Basically if you played with Lucio in Overwatch, you know exactly how his character will work in Heroes.
In terms of Heroic abilities, players can choose from Sound Barrier or Reverse Amp. Sound Barrier works very much as it does in Overwatch, providing a shield to nearby allies. Reverse Amp is something new to those that know Lucio and it causes the healing boost to deal damage to foes and the speed boost to slow nearby enemies. It also has the added benefit of passively increasing the duration of Amp It Up.
While Blizzard hasn’t yet given a date for PTR, the official Youtube for Heroes of the Storm said said Lucio will be available on Feb. 6th. You can see Blizzard’s official ability descriptions below.
Wall Ride (D): When moving alongside impassable terrain, Lucio can walk through other units, and his movement speed is increased by 20%. This effect stacks with other movement speed bonuses.
Soundwave (Q): Deal damage to enemies in a cone-shaped area and knock them back.
Crossfade (W): Play one of two tracks that passively provide allied heroes with either a Speed Boost or a Healing Boost in a large radius around you. Activate Crossfade to swap tracks.
- Healing Boost: Restore a small amount of Health every second to Lucio and nearby allied heroes.
- Speed Boost: Increase the Movement Speed of Lucio and nearby allied Heroes by 15%.
Amp It Up (E): Raise Lucio’s Crossfade track volume for three seconds, amping Speed Boost to 45% increased movement speed, and significantly increasing the healing rate of Healing Boost.
Sound Barrier (R): After one second, Lucio and nearby allied heroes gain a massive Shield that rapidly decays over the next six seconds.
Reverse Amp (R): Blast Lucio’s Crossfade track at enemy Heroes for four seconds, causing Healing Boost to inflict damage every second, and Speed Boost to Slow Movement Speed by 45%.
- Passive: Increase Amp It Up’s duration to four seconds.
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