Masters Lucio main here, with 300+ hours on him total. I just wanted to put out my two cents for each of the new PTR changes since that’s what all the cool kids are doing these days. Before I start, I want to state that I’m very happy with how Lucio is on live servers. I think he’s one of the more balanced heroes in game, as well as one of the most fun if you enjoy a supporting playstyle with aggressive potential and a high skill ceiling. With that out of the way, let’s begin:
Hard to be against this, since it just seems to be a quality of life change (henceforth called QoL). While wall-riding on one surface for any extended amount of time makes you a very noticeable and easy to hit target due the predictable path you’re taking after the initial height gain, this doesn’t seem to really affect the skill ceiling or skill floor of the hero. Looks good to me.
Was originally very against this, as it could mess up timing with “rollouts” (the act of getting from the spawn room to the point as fast as possible by chaining together multiple wall-rides) since it could slow down or completely take away your gained momentum. This effectively lowered Lucio’s skill-ceiling by making some rollouts impossible. However, with the recent hotfix requiring the jump key to held down to trigger the corner-ride, it looks to be in a usable state. My only recommended change to this would be to add it as a toggle ability in the hero options menu, like Lucio’s backwards wall-riding. This way, the possibility to mess up some wall-ride chains would be gone if some experienced Lucio players don’t want that corner-riding option.
I feel like it’s worth mentioning that some Lucio mains don’t like this change since we had to learn how to corner-climb and practice it ourselves, and now people are getting a sort of get-out-of-jail-free card. I don’t know if I agree with that sentiment, but I’ve seen it posted more than a couple times in Discord and on the Lucio subreddits.
Same as the first, where it’s hard to find anything that would make me against this, as it just seems like a nice QoL change. My only request would be to add the required distance you would need to jump in order to reattach to the wall in the patch notes. Please.
I want to start off by saying that this is blatantly a nerf to my main, so it will be hard to be anything but biased in my response. Lucio’s speed is his trademark attribute in the game, with experienced Lucios being able to chain together multiple wall-rides by “skimming” to reach incredible speeds, usually to contest the point into overtime long enough for his team to get there and turn the game around. It’s undoubtedly one of the most satisfying things that comes with the hero (for me at least). This is not terribly easy to do (as some might suggest), but it wasn’t the hardest either. It just required practice. Now, many of the more experienced Lucio mains have hundreds, or even over a thousand hours dedicated to practicing this hero and his different wall-riding techniques and optimized routes across different maps (we even have a subreddit and Discord server for its discussion). All of that practice, packed into muscle-memory, that’s going to go to waste with this speed nerf. I just can’t get behind the idea of all that work from so many people going down the drain. Even if it was a .5 speed buff instead of a nerf, it would mess up so many peoples’ muscle memory with the hero. To the Overwatch team, I strongly urge you to rethink this change. Please. I hardly ever post here, but this was something I felt strongly enough about to create this dry wall of text.
An unneeded buff, plain and simple. It almost seems like a “Hey, we’re sorry about the speed nerf thing, have this to make for it” scenario. I don’t think anyone has a problem with the current boop ability, despite it’s ammo requirement and cooldown factor. The change to remove one of the requirements makes sense I guess, but it just seems like they’re changing something that isn’t broken.
And that’s all folks. I hope you enjoyed my opinions and urge you to try out the new PTR version as well before stating yours. If you want to discuss anything I’ve said in this wall of text, feel free to do so below, as I want to see both sides of the story if possible. Stay golden.