For players who enjoy controlling powerful hero units on the battlefield, our newest Co-op Commander Tychus Findlay more than fits the bill.
Tychus controls a group of Outlaws that you recruit from Joey Ray’s Bar. In addition to Tychus, you can recruit four additional unique Outlaws from a total selection of eight. Who you choose to recruit should depend on the mission at hand—the map you’re playing on, the enemy unit composition, active mutators, and your ally’s Commander choice.
Since you don’t need to devote much time to building up your army, you can focus instead on controlling your relatively small, but no less deadly squad. Each of your Outlaws has one primary active ability, and to help you manage your army, you’ll be able to use all these abilities from a single command card whenever you select the Outlaws together.
In addition, you can upgrade your Outlaws’ gear from various facilities, like the Guns’ Hideout, the Muscle Armory, or the Fixers’ Safehouse. Gear upgrades are varied and there’s a lot of decision-making related to how you allocate your resources—do you recruit more Outlaws or upgrade the gear on the ones you already have? You always have options with Tychus, and your success will depend on how well you navigate these decision points.
Whenever we design a new Commander, we like to imagine how that Commander would play if they had their own campaign. Lucky for us, Tychus was featured prominently in the original Wings of Liberty campaign. We borrowed a lot from these missions, especially the dungeon crawler “Belly of the Beast.” In this mission, you control four hero units that you meet throughout the campaign—Tychus, Raynor, Swann, and Stetmann. All four are very powerful, which provides a unique twist on the traditional RTS formula.
Which brings us to Tychus himself. Before even the events of the original StarCraft, Tychus Findlay led a special tactics platoon called the Heaven’s Devils. With this inspiration in mind, we committed to designing Tychus around the idea of him controlling a small, elite squad. So in this ultimate “what if” scenario, Tychus will be returning to the world of StarCraft, this time reforming the Heaven’s Devils to help his friend Jimmy in the war against Amon.
Tychus will be available with the release of Patch 4.6.0 . You can pick him up as an individual commander or you can pick up the Master Bundle which includes Tychus the Commander, the new Tychus Announcer, and a bundle exclusive, a Co-op Stimpack. The Co-op Stimpack provides a 50% boost to your combined base and bonus XP.
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