Overwatch's Bastion Is Getting Some Buffs In the Near Future

Overwatch's Bastion Is Getting Some Buffs In the Near Future

The little omnic that could is getting beefed up in the future.

Blizzard Entertainment continues its ongoing balance work on Overwatch and this time the developer is turning its eye on Bastion. The cheery omnic is a living turret in the game, able to put out the most damage of any character by sacrificing the ability to move. This makes Bastion one of the more contentious characters. At lower levels, Bastion can be a huge problem, but as you rise up the ranks, hard counters (Genji or Roadhog, for example) means he falls off the tier lists quickly.

In fact, if you look at meta analysis on places like Overbuff and Winston's Lab, you'll find that Bastion is at the bottom of the barrel, alongside many other Defense characters. Blizzard recently reworked Symmetra, so it seems Bastion is the next Defense hero in line.

In response to a lengthy thread where one player asked when Bastion was going to get a rework, Overwatch principal designer Geoff Goodman said some changes were incoming:

Here are some high level stuff we're likely to have testable in the next PTR:

Recon Mode - Lowered spread and increased magazine size, to help with general viability in this mode.

Sentry Mode - We're looking at focusing this mode into more of a tank-buster and barrier-buster mode, while also making it feel less suicidal to be transformed. To that end we're testing stuff like increased spread and removing headshots, but taking less damage while transformed.

Self-Repair - We've been testing a few big changes to this that are feeling really good so far. Currently our internal build has Bastion able to use Self-Repair while moving and also having it no longer interrupted when taking damage. To balance that out it is now on a resource system (similar to the route D.Va's defense matrix went). These changes have turned this ability from a more niche rarely used ability, to a much more powerful and core survivability tool.

These changes would allow Bastion to be a bit more mobile and survivable. Players on the forum are pretty happy with the scope of changes being made, probably because Bastion is one of the few hard counters to Tank heroes, who controlled Overwatch's most recent meta. The combination of multiple Tanks with targeted healer Ana has been one of the reigning team compositions and many of the recent changes have been about addressing this problem. It's possible that Blizzard may also revisit the other Defense heroes and supposed tankbuster Reaper to further alleviate the issue.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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