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Now that Tracer is purchasable, KendricSwissh has compiled a video with gameplay highlights featuring the first Overwatch Hero to join the Nexus! If you haven't noticed yet, our section has also been updated with a Tracer guide by Straften!

 

Tracer Gameplay Highlights

KendricSwissh is back with a new video featuring Tracer, where you can see some interesting gameplay highlights! If you like the video, don't forget to subscribe to his YouTube channel.

 

Icy-Veins Tracer Guide

Our team has been working around the clock to bring you our Tracer Guide. Note that the guide is periodically updated whenever new knowledge emerges from gameplay. We always update our guides to reflect the latest balance updates.

Click here to view our Tracer Guide.

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