Overwatch character Lucio joins Heroes of the Storm, becoming available on the game’s PTR (Public Test Realm). But the character’s introduction to Heroes of the Storm has instantly caused controversy amongst the game’s players.
Lucio is not the only Overwatch character to joins the Heroes of the Storm roster. Tracer, who is Overwatch‘s first confirmed gay character, was added to Heroes of the Storm in April last year and Zarya was added in December.
Overwatch Lucio Joins Heroes of the Storm
Described as a ranged support with a ‘medium’ difficulty, just like in Overwatch, Lucio is a support character with healing and speed boost abilities in Heroes of the Storm. Here are the character’s abilities:
- Trait: Wall Ride (D) – When moving alongside impassable battleground terrain and Structures, Lúcio 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 Lúcio and nearby allied Heroes.
Speed Boost: Increase the Movement Speed of Lúcio and nearby allied Heroes by 15%.
- Amp It Up (E) – Raise Lúcio’s Crossfade track volume for 3 seconds, amping Speed Boost to 45% increased Movement Speed, and significantly increasing the Healing rate of Healing Boost.
- Heroic Abilities:
– Sound Barrier (R) – After 1 second, Lúcio and nearby allied Heroes gain a massive Shield that rapidly decays over the next 6 seconds.
– Reverse Amp (R) – Blast Lúcio’s Crossfade track at enemy Heroes for 4 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 4 seconds.
But although many are glad that Lucio, who is much-loved, has been added to the game, Heroes of the Storm players have been quick to voice their concerns. The biggest concerns the character’s ‘Epic’ Heroes of the Storm skin.
Called Ribbit (pictured above), and resembling his Overwatch skin of the same name, the skin costs $9.99. On Reddit, fans have said that the skin is too expensive for what it is, pointing out that it doesn’t add any new animations, new voice lines or a themed mount, unlike other Epic skins.
Fans also have issues with the character’s colours. In particular, those who are colourblind say that the differences between his healing (yellow) and speed boost (green) are too minute. There are calls for Blizzard to improve Heroes of the Storm‘s colourblind features as a result, though as the character is available to players in a test capacity, the developer may make changes before the character is rolled out to everyone.
Are you excited to become a Lucio main in Heroes of the Storm? Which Overwatch character would you like to join Heroes of the Storm next? Leave a comment below.