Within Overwatch‘s PTR testing grounds, Lucio has received a much needed buff, and some reduction due to his healing capabilities. Overwatch‘s developers have noted that Lucio is often picked for every team because of the latter and the speed bonus he provides to the whole team.
The idea behind these PTR changes is to still keep those characteristics strong, but make it more difficult to apply to the entire team. The developers want Lucio to feel stronger with a tightly knit team that has to physically stay close together to be affective, and weaker with teams that need to be spread out.
In addition, now that Lucio’s area of effect powers are more focused, he can more actively participate in the team and allow teams to coordinate themselves more closely together. More specifically, Lucio’s buffs and changes include:
Projectile speed increased from 40 to 50
Alternate fire now considers vertical orientation when knocking targets back
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)
Healing-per-second has been increased by 50% (also applies to Lúcio’s Amp It Up ability)
Radius decreased from 30 meters to 20 meters
Movement speed increased by 30% when wall riding
Lúcio now receives a burst of speed when leaping off a wall
What do you think of these changes? Are they for the better or for the worse? Do you like playing in more closely knit teams, or spread out teams? Let us know in the comments below.