'Overwatch': Blizzard Testing Big Changes For Lucio, Competitive Play

Kris Holt

Overwatch has several healing characters, with Lucio perhaps the most popular among them. But the Brazilian DJ's effectiveness could be about to get a big change, with developer Blizzard toying with alterations to the hero in its Public Test Realm (PTR).

A new build of the Overwatch PTR has gone live, and in the developer comments, Blizzard noted that Lucio seemed like an essential choice for many teams.

"Lucio has often felt like a must-pick due to his raw healing output and the versatility of providing a speed bonus to your entire team. The goal of these changes is to keep those elements feeling strong, but making them harder to apply to everyone on your team at all times."

"Much of Lucio's character power was tied up in his large passive auras, which caused other elements of his kit to be weakened over time in an attempt to balance him. Now that his auras are more focused it will allow them to be much stronger and allow Lucio to be more active in his role."

Yet, while some might feel that Lucio has been "nerfed" or weakened with his changes in the Overwatch PTR, particularly mobile Lucio players -- especially those who wallride often -- might feel he's been "buffed" or strengthened.

Much like the system that's in place for Escort and Assault/Escort maps, where Overwatch determines a winner based on which team movers the payload the farthest, Blizzard now accounts for which team has taken the largest portion of the objective and establishes a winner that way.

As ever, these changes might not make it into the live, full version of the game. Yet, whatever the case, Lucio appears to be in for big changes when the next official Overwatch update lands.

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