Heroes of the Storm spotlight: Tracer

Heroes of the Storm spotlight: Tracer

Like characters from other Blizzard games, the champions of Overwatch will slowly find their way to Heroes of the Storm. First up is Tracer, one of the most well-known characters of Blizzards upcoming shooter.

By Thijs Kaagman

Heroes in Heroes of the Storm not only take the appearance of their original game, but their abilities are also heavily inspired by the source material. This is exactly the case with Tracer, who even bends some of the basic rules of the game to make her more like the Overwatch character. Tracer's most dominant feature is her mobility, as emphasized by Blizzard in a new Spotlight video.

Tracer's first ability is Dash, which of course lets her dash short distances. You can hold three charges of the ability, so you can almost always get out of a tight spot quickly. Her second ability lets Tracer teleport back to where she was roughly 3 seconds ago, even resetting status effects like diseases. She is also able to deal some damage in close range, by wacking enemies with her pistols.

Her most important feature however, is the ability to fire on the move. No matter how much you're moving around, once you're locked onto a target (and in range) you will keep firing your guns at them.

The Heroic Ability is where Tracer really sets herself apart from other HotS-characters. Unlike all other Heroes, her Heroic Ability (Pulse Bomb) unlocks at level 1. At level 10 – where you usually unlock the Heroic Ability – you can customize Pulse Bomb in three different ways.

Tracer promises to be a real nuisance to slow and heavy characters, as well as Heroes with a lot of 'skill-shots' that have to be aimed manually. She will arrive in Heroes of the Storm on April 26, but players who have pre-ordered Overwatch at Blizzard will get access a week earlier on April 19.

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