Yesterday Blizzard showed off the first bit of gameplay for Tracer, the first hero to make her way from Overwatch to Heroes of the Storm.
She seems pretty true to her Overwatch counterpart. We’ve got blinking, dual pistols, and the rewind. One neat thing to glean from the video is that Tracer can attack while moving, which is a rare thing for MOBAs. The video also shows off her master skin as well as the premium Spectre skin. One of them is a lot cooler than the other; I’ll let you decide which is which.
There is also a blog post detailing the details surrounding the character’s release. She’ll be available on April 26th, but if you’ve prepurchased the Origins Edition of Overwatch at the Blizzard store, you can play her a week early on the 19th. Unfortunately if you bought a copy of the Origins Edition elsewhere, you won’t be getting Tracer until the 24th. It would’ve been nice if Blizzard could’ve coordinated with other retails like Amazon to give out something like “Tracer codes” a bit early so those people aren’t shafted.
The hero’s abilities have also crept up online:
Reload (trait): Tracer is able to execute basic attacks while in motion. Activate to reload all your ammo in 0.75 seconds. This attribute automatically activates when ammunition reaches 0. Tracer’s basic attacks consume ammunition.
Blink (Q): Moves rapidly toward the target location. Includes 3 charges. 6 second cooldown.
Melee (W): Damages an enemy, giving priority to closer heroes. Hitting non-heroes gives 5 charges of Pulse Bomb; hitting heroes gives 10 charges of Pulse Bomb. 8 second cooldown.
Recall (E): Returns the player to the position they were in 3 seconds ago. Grants 1 second of invulnerability, reloads ammunition, and clears negative effects. 30 second cooldown.
Heroic: Pulse Bomb (R): You start with this at level 1 (You also get no other Heroic option.) Pastes a bomb on the first target it touches, doing AOE damage or 2x damage to a single target.
At level 10 instead of picking the Heroic (since you already have it) you pick from three upgrades:
Adhesive Bomb: Increases Pulse Bomb’s radius by 50%. Enemies hit have their speed decreased by 60% for 3 seconds.
Quantum Event: Pulse Bomb no longer does AOE damage, instead dealing an extra 15% of its maximum power to a single target.
Pulse Ammo: The range of Pulse Bomb doubles and basic attacks against heroes grant 50% more charges.