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Blizzard wants you to know that Bastion isn’t overpowered

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Bastion is breaking Overwatch

Overwatch closed the doors to its beta servers earlier this week after a really successful, incredibly widely talked about weekend test that got more than a few people a lot more excited for the games launch later this month. Overwatch’s colourful cast of varied characters seem to be a hit, but there’s one that stood out for purely negative reasons. bastion, the lumbering robot who is able to deliver swift death fro his stationary turret mode, has become a thorn in the side of many players.

And Blizzard is trying to convince everyone that he’s actually not too bad.

I’ve been playing Overwatch from the early closed beta days, and I’m inclined to agree with Blizzard here. bastion used to be atrocious. A character that previously had a shield to complement his hitpoints while in stationary sentry mode, with ridiculous range and a low chance for counter. Now though? Bastion is still a strong pick (especially against less experienced players), but he’s way more susceptible to counters.

Just as this poor Overwatch Twitter admin is trying to get across, courtesy of Destructoid.

Thing is though, all those alternatives are completely viable. I’ve been discussing Bastion and his problems a lot with people that only got hands-on with the game for the first time this weekend, and most of my suggestions have been the same. Widowmaker’s range and ability to kill Bastion with a single shot is a massive oversight for new players, while Genji’s reflection can quickly turn an inexperienced Bastion against himself.

But as much as that is true, the fact of the matter is that Bastion is making life for new Overwatch players hell, which is a problem Blizzard will need to address. There’s nothing worse than starting a new multiplayer game and being tricked into thinking that one character is ultimately breaking it. Bastion isn’t broken, but as long as he convinces people he is the game has a problem.

Hopefully it’s fixed by launch, which is happening in just a few days.

Last Updated: May 12, 2016

27 Comments

  1. Kromas untamed

    May 12, 2016 at 09:04

    D.Va + boost + Self Destruct

    In her own words “GG”

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    • HairyEwok

      May 12, 2016 at 09:10

      She even mocks Blizzard saying “Try nerfing this” XD

      Reply

  2. HairyEwok

    May 12, 2016 at 09:04

    Perhaps lock certain hero’s until you are at a certain level. Like bastion unlocks at level 5. That way you learn other hero’s abilities so by the time you go against bastion you know what the entry hero’s are capable of.

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  3. N@te

    May 12, 2016 at 09:09

    Meh. I only got up to level six playing the beta and even I figured that out in my short amount of play time. To be honet the hero I hated fighting most was Genji! hate that damn reflect!

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      May 12, 2016 at 09:26

      Yeah, hate that Genji!

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  4. Deceased

    May 12, 2016 at 09:16

    Sad part is – only by Monday evening did I realise that he’s not all that OP.

    In fact – he’s strong when placed correctly and you don’t know where he is, yes, but when you figure out the general positions people place him and how to counter him – he’s not that strong and I’d say rather squishy ( his ultimate downfall )

    You can easily beat him with Tracer, Genji, Hanzo AND Widowmaker.

    Easy ( cheese ) tactics with them:
    Tracer – flank him ( always multiple routes to the general placement spots ), attack from behind, when he turns, blink through him and repeat.
    Genji – just return his bullets at him and generally one attack should kill him after that.
    Hanzo – scatter arrow if he’s in a corner ( which is usually the case )
    Widowmaker – long range attack – no change there…

    I don’t know how to counter him with the other characters though 😐
    But the nature of Overwatch makes it easy to switch to one of those characters when he kills you.

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    • Ottokie

      May 12, 2016 at 09:26

      I just bounce Junkrat grenades off corners until I find him.

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      • Admiral Chief in New York

        May 12, 2016 at 09:30

        When I need to desperately defend, I spam those grenades nonstop, it is quite effective.

        Remember that last match we had to defend against the payload, there at the very end? SPAMMED GRENADES nonstop and we beat the other guys!

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        • Admiral Chief in New York

          May 12, 2016 at 09:30

          That match was intense!

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          • Ottokie

            May 12, 2016 at 09:31

            We won a lot of close games Monday night xD

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            May 12, 2016 at 09:35

            IKR?

            Shit dude, I really wanna get this game, it was oooooooooodles of fun with a leke team

          • Ottokie

            May 12, 2016 at 09:37

            The standard edition will be much cheaper at launch. The only one that’s available to buy now is the origins edition.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            May 12, 2016 at 09:48

            I saw the STD ed was R680

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2016 at 09:58

            That’s quite expensive for an STD. Wait, what are we talking about?

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            May 12, 2016 at 10:09

            I don’t know what the going rate is? I defer to your judgement

          • Moscato359

            May 21, 2016 at 18:22

            You can buy standard direct from blizzard now

      • Deceased

        May 12, 2016 at 09:40

        SIES!!!

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      • BakedBagel

        May 12, 2016 at 15:38

        Or the tire of f***king illuminati.

        Reply

  5. Deceased

    May 12, 2016 at 09:18

    Side note – that OP Lucio though :O

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      May 12, 2016 at 09:25

      Indeed

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    • Ottokie

      May 12, 2016 at 09:25

      Lucio is only OP when he is played with skill 😛

      Reply

  6. kieker

    May 12, 2016 at 09:29

    Also counterable by Reaper, just teleport directly behind him, two shots and boom. Use ethereal form to dodge all his allies that get pissed if you do this, gg.

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  7. Skittle

    May 12, 2016 at 10:34

    R899

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  8. Galbedir

    May 12, 2016 at 13:15

    Once I figured out how Genji counters Bastion…I absolutely LOVED it when the enemy team picked him ( Which is 90% of the time ). It may as well have been a 7v5, as bastion becomes a weapon against his own team.

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  9. Comeau

    May 12, 2016 at 14:59

    He’s so easy to counter with Pharah. Just peek around the corner, fire 4 or 5 rockets and he’s toast. You just need to peek around the corner while the rocket if firing and you can hide between shots. There isn’t much he can do about it. Even better is to find a spot where he doesn’t have line-of-sight and fire rockets near him to kill him with splash damage.

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