“8+2” NO-BRAINER TIPS FOR PLAYING Lucio

“8+2” NO-BRAINER TIPS FOR PLAYING Lucio

When it comes to support heroes, Lucio is the original “must have” hero in your team. Obviously, as time passed by, changes happened, metagames shifted and we don’t necessarily see him in every composition, but that doesn’t mean Lucio is not useful. He is actually insanely strong in some situations.
We are here to give you some ideas about how to use him to enable your team, while also pointing out some solo plays that you can do for juicy rewards.

General tips

  • You might want to consider binding an extra key for your jumping. When playing Lucio to be able to do quick wall jumps with great momentum you need to press jump as soon as you hit the wall. Having multiple keys for this enables you to basically double tap at the same time. A common extra hotkey is the mouse wheel scroll or your right mouse button. Look up the most efficient rollouts for different maps online..
  • Your primary fire has decent damage, and you can do headshots with it as well. It can be hard to efficiently hit targets with it due to the nature of projectile weapons, but we would advise you to practice it against bots, as the extra damage goes a long way in building up your ultimate charge faster. Your main damage combo is primary fire followed up by a boop, then primary fire again and melee to finish off your target as soon as possible.
  • Speed boosting is a really important strategic ability that you want to use in key situations. Pushing through chokes with your whole team is the most obvious one, but it is equally useful as a disengaging tool. Alternatively, you can use only for yourself to go in for a quick Soundwave. Don’t forget that you can switch between healing and speed boosting nonstop, try to abuse this as much as you can especially in 1 on 1 situations.
  • Sound Barrier is an extremely strong support ultimate. Be mindful when using it, if you find yourself in great danger it can be better to hold on to it since you lose all of your ultimate charge if you happen to die mid-animation.

Hero specific tips

  • Apart from using Soundwave to boop targets into death pits on relevant maps, it is a really valuable initiation tool against main tanks. You can quickly speed boost yourself into a Reinhardt, aim at his forehead while crouching to boop him up in the air, giving your ally Reinhardt more than enough time to hit a huge Earthshatter. When it comes to Orisa, you want to wait for her Fortify to end and boop her when she stops shooting. It is going to push her further away this way.
  • Climbing up to ceilings is possible, just wallride from wall to wall at a corner. This can be useful for contesting objectives safely, as well as hiding over chokes on certain maps to surprise the enemy team with a boop. Nepal’s Sanctum is a really great example of this.
  • A great way to build up your ultimate charge as fast as possible (apart from actually dealing damage every time you can) is to save your Amp it Up ability for the end of your Sound Barrier duration. In most situations, your team is going to be close to you, and they are going to take a lot of damage when defending, so using your amped up heal can instantly charge back a pretty nice chunk to your ultimate meter.
  • Peeling is a really big part of playing Lucio well. Always think about how you can help your team with a quick boop. Some examples are booping McCree as he is using his Stun, Roadhog after his hook, Winston just as he jumps in and Reaper or Genji as they engage with their ultimates.

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  • If you boop a Doomfist launching towards you with Seismic Slams just before he hits the ground, you can completely nullify his damage and knock up effect, and thus his whole combo. The timing can be a bit tricky to pull off.

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  • When Zenyatta is using Transcendence, you can boop him away from the team, then stay to body-block him. This can give your team a small window of opportunity to kill an important target.

So now you know that Lucio is not just a healbot, no matter how hard Blizzard is trying to make him one. Think of him as an opportunist and never forget that he is actually one of the strongest 1 on 1 hero in the game.

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