You Feel That? Lucio Changes Implemented

In my other article, I explained the Reddit AMA that Jeff Kaplan participated in where he said that there were changes coming soon to Lucio. These changes have now been implemented in the PTR, and here’s what they are:

  • Sonic Amplifier
    • Projectile speed increased from 40 to 50
    • Alternate fire now considers vertical orientation when knocking targets back
  • Crossfade
    • Song’s area-of-effect radius decreased from 30 meters to 10 meters
      • A temporary in-game visual has been added to illustrate this radius (it is only visible to Lúcio and his teammates)
    • Heal Song
      • Healing-per-second has been increased by 50% (also applies to Lúcio’s Amp It Up ability)
  • Sound Barrier
    • Radius decreased from 30 meters to 20 meters
  • Wall Ride
    • Movement speed increased by 30% when wall riding
    • Lúcio now receives a burst of speed when leaping off a wall

So as you can see, Lucio has overall been given the most insane movement I’ve ever seen in my life.

Yeah, so his radiuses were changed for the smaller which makes it more difficult to heal or boost everybody in your team while they’re off farther away from you doing their own thing. Now the rest of the team must gather round Lucio if they want to have the effect. But that balances out with the increase in the boosts that he can put out now, they’ve been increased by 50%.  Sound barrier’s radius was downsized to 2/3s its original radius, but the most interesting thing is the fact that now he gets a speed bonus while wall riding, and he gets another speed boost when he jumps off the wall. So now, essentially, he can reach the other end of the map in insane time provided there are some walls around. That’s a huge thing in maps like Lijiang Tower where you can be first to the point and skate around the walls that encompass all three points. You can just ride around like crazy becoming as hard to kill as a Tracer while chipping away at the other team with your blaster also having increased projectile speed.

So after saying all this, the question remains: is this overpowered as f**k? I’m going to say yes. See my analysis by clicking below…

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