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How to easily counter Bastion in Overwatch

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Man, that Bastion. He’s so OP, amirite? OP TO THE MAX EVEN! Ever since Overwatch arrived, there’s been a lot of talk about Bastion. How his self-repair and turret mode makes him a nightmare to deal with. But that’s not entirely true. Sure, Bastion is a great character and an absolute menace to deal with. But like everything else in Overwatch, he has strengths and weaknesses that can be exploited by a rotating cast of characters in battle.

Here’s a taste of how to shut down Bastion for good.

Widowmaker

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Widowmaker’s job is to not get up close and personal. It’s to provide support from a distance, brutally ending any killstreak with extreme prejudice. Man I hate her. But as an anti-Bastion character, she’s a proper threat. Widowmaker can get to vantage points with ease, setting up a nest and then sniping the hell out of Bastion. Remember, Bastion also happens to have a massive weak spot when he assumes turret mode, which happens to be that massive blue gem on his back. Go for the kill, and use Widowmaker to her full potential.

Genji

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That’s a  lovely stream of bullets you’ve got there Bastion. It’d be a shame if someone were to…deflect them all back at you. Genji is one of the few characters who can get up close to Bastion, countering any bullets away for a few brief seconds and then dashing in for a quick sword slice via L1. Here’s where high risk meets high reward however.

A bastion player who decides to focus on you is going to turn around if they’ve survived the initial sword dash and deflect damage , but at the same time this will leave them open to attack from your teammates. On the other hand Darryn, a Bastion player who completely ignores you and decides to keep firing blindly ahead is going to leave his back open to some shuriken vengeance from your side, or maybe even a taste of dragon from your katana.

D.VA

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D.VA is a tricky character to use for countering Bastion. Sure, you can rush in with her mech, pop the shields and hope they’ll be down in time before Bastion notices her and unleashes a barrage of bullets in her direction. But the best technique that we’ve seen so far comes down to her ultimate. Remember, D.VA can set her mech to self-destruct, a useful feature when combined with her active rushing abilitiy.

Basically, get the ultimate charged up, set jet-boosters to 11 and eject as that tin-suit explosively deals with Bastion. It’s a technique that never gets old.

Reaper

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On the surface, Reaper sounds like a terrible choice. His weapons of choice happen to be a pair of pistol shotguns, an arsenal which works best when you’re standing close to your target. Which might also require you running into Bastion’s view and being instantly mowed down by a hail of bullets. Man, if only Reaper had some sort of special ability that allowed him to get in close. OH WAIT.

Remember, Reaper can shadow teleport pretty damn far. Usually, it’s an ability that is terrible in the heat of combat, but when you’re facing a Bastion player who is hunkered down in one corner and focused on their field of view in front of them? SHOTGUN PARTY EVERYBODY! MAKE IT RAAAAAAAAIN! You’ll need to risk being in Bastion’s line of sight for this one, but provided that you can do it from a high enough vantage point, you should be able to slip in behind him.

Hanzo

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Arrow, meet gatling gun. And no, I’m not talking about Stephen Amell this time. Hanzo and Bastion are worlds apart when it comes to styles of play. Bastion players can adopt the time-honoured technique of pray ‘n spray, while Hanzo players need to actually aim their arrows and dream of not failing their city. Damn, again with the Arrow references.

Anyway, Hanzo is another perfect Bastion-killer. The trick here, is that Bastion players will usually find a good corner to inhabit so that they don’t have to watch their backs. And that’s great for them! But it also opens them up to a massive vulnerability, specifically against Hanzo and his scatter-arrows. A well-aimed shot here will leave Bastion with more sharp edges in his spine than an acupuncture session gone horribly wrong. Combine that with Hanzo’s ability to easily scale his way to high vantage points, and you’re sorted.

And I haven’t even mentioned Hanzo’s dragonstrike ultimate, which Bastion will be unable to fend off if timed correctly. RYUU GA WAGO F*** YOURSELF BASTION!

Reinhardt

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Overwatch is a team game. And nobody emphasises team play better than Reinhardt. His shield can soak up massive amounts of damage from Bastion at a distance, perfect for allowing a player to safely deal with the pesky mech. If you are going solo however, you’re going to need to rely on Reinhardt’s dash ability to deal with Bastion. The trick here is to take the shortest route from point A to point Bastion. Your charge will briefly stun Bastion long enough for you to bring the hammer down after a pin.

Last Updated: May 25, 2016

46 Comments

  1. Ottokie

    May 25, 2016 at 15:33

    After the beta, Bastion was no threat at all last night. My new flavor of hate for the month is Hanzo 😛

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Protector

      May 25, 2016 at 15:34

      Actually, any well skilled foe can be a flavour of hate

      Reply

      • Ottokie

        May 25, 2016 at 15:34

        Dragon through the wall in a tiny room says “hi”

        Reply

        • Dutch Matrix

          May 25, 2016 at 15:52

          Not sure if line from kinky erotic novel or…

          Reply

      • Ottokie

        May 25, 2016 at 15:36

        O that reminds me. I had a Reinhardt focusing me in a blind rage as Lucio last night. Just BOOP him away when he gets close and speed away 😛

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Protector

          May 25, 2016 at 15:37

          I’ll be doing Division until I get that glorious game

          Reply

          • Dutch Matrix

            May 25, 2016 at 15:52

            Multiplication. Damn right murdered me in Standard 6.

      • Commander Bob

        May 25, 2016 at 15:43

        At the moment Tracer is top of my hate list. Annoying af and just doesn’t die quickly enough. Although it was very satisfying stomping her as Winston.

        Reply

    • Matthew Holliday

      May 25, 2016 at 23:18

      bastions not really a threat by himself, but bastion paired with other characters is just painfull.
      reinhart / mei / torbjorn / mercy, ugh…

      Reply

  2. VampyreSquirrel

    May 25, 2016 at 15:37

    Junkrat!!!!!!!! XD XD XD

    Reply

  3. Ottokie

    May 25, 2016 at 15:38

    Genji counters a Bastion so well.

    Reply

  4. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 25, 2016 at 15:46

    So it’s Rock, Paper, Scissors? Except Bastion is Lava? 😛

    Reply

    • The D

      May 25, 2016 at 15:49

      More like the nuclear option.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 25, 2016 at 15:49

        XD

        Reply

  5. miaau

    May 25, 2016 at 15:47

    I hate FPS games, guys, come on. These pics and videos are making me want to try this game more and more!

    Dammit. Time Machine.

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      May 25, 2016 at 15:48

      I’m curios to say the least, but not curios enough to spend R900

      Reply

      • Original Heretic

        May 25, 2016 at 15:49

        And there’s the crux of the matter. And in my case, lack of awesome internet connection always counts against me.

        Reply

        • miaau

          May 25, 2016 at 15:56

          I am blessed to be on the fastest connection for my area and we have gone through just over 1000 Gig this month so far.

          Guy in Granny flat, big gamer, redid his Steam collection.

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 25, 2016 at 15:57

            O______O

          • miaau

            May 25, 2016 at 16:00

            yeah, on a 10mbs line…… At night, they let us download max 2 gig per hour, but some other times, ………

          • Original Heretic

            May 25, 2016 at 16:18

            You lost me at blessed.

          • miaau

            May 25, 2016 at 16:24

            well, I think some people could not afford the R1300 odd a month I spend on Internet connectivity.

            So, Blessed. valid word.

      • miaau

        May 25, 2016 at 15:53

        I know, that is a big ask for a game in a genre I do not enjoy. If it was totally SP, then maybe I could view it like Diablo 2, go and smack things, relax and enjoy

        But, you played Destiny (similar sort of game?) AND you trade games in, right? so, is it really R900 for you, then?

        Reply

    • Original Heretic

      May 25, 2016 at 15:48

      Yeah, the more I see of this, the more I want to play it as well.

      Reply

  6. Dutch Matrix

    May 25, 2016 at 15:48

    And here I am. Back in 1985. With all the cool kids playing He-Man…

    Reply

    • miaau

      May 25, 2016 at 15:58

      I had a He-Man cake…. In 1987…. But so there. My mother and Aunt made it. So it was authentic

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 25, 2016 at 15:59

        My favourite was Hordak because of how evil he looked and the interchangeable hands

        Reply

        • miaau

          May 25, 2016 at 16:03

          On a cake? My mother could bake well back then, but interchangeable hands may be a big ask

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 25, 2016 at 16:12

            XD

  7. Kromas GG

    May 25, 2016 at 15:53

    You are wrong about D.va.

    The counter to bastion is shields plus boost. If you boost into Bastion he reverts back to bot form. Then just pump him full of ammo.

    Damn noobs. 😛

    Reply

    • miaau

      May 25, 2016 at 15:57

      Did you not do the OverWatch launch thing last night?

      Reply

      • Kromas GG

        May 25, 2016 at 15:58

        Yes … yes I did.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          May 25, 2016 at 15:58

          Was Darryn there? If so how could you let him escape!?

          Reply

          • Kromas GG

            May 25, 2016 at 15:59

            Did not notice him there. Then again I played a buttload of Overwatch so I did not really socialize. 🙂

        • miaau

          May 25, 2016 at 15:58

          And……….

          How cool was it?

          Reply

          • Kromas GG

            May 25, 2016 at 15:59

            It was awesome.

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 25, 2016 at 16:01

            Ditto

          • miaau

            May 25, 2016 at 16:02

            Can you set a scene? Sort of describe it for those of use likely never to go to such an event?

          • Kromas GG

            May 25, 2016 at 16:04

            Alcohol PCS and Xbones. Loads of Overwatch Banners (I really wanted to steal one) and some spicey prego rolls.

            Or if you prefer.

            It was like a scene from a victorian mascarade party except with geeks mingling and killing each other in game.

            Yesa I am no word smith. 😛

        • miaau

          May 25, 2016 at 16:25

          AND you watch Phineas and Ferb, right?

          Reply

          • Kromas GG

            May 25, 2016 at 16:50

            Yes … yes I do. 😛

  8. Weerwolf

    May 26, 2016 at 09:47

    I countered him quite well with Pharah. Stand behind cover, jump out, rocket, back behind cover. You’re not out for long enough for him to actually kill you and he usually doesn’t have time to switch modes and dodge the rocket

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  9. Deceased

    May 27, 2016 at 11:52

    So – I agree that bastion has been nerfed – he is still the most broken thing ever simply because he’s never alone… follow me here:

    A bastion goes and sits in the corner as a last line of defence, his team protects him and him only ( surprise surprise, he defends the objective ) that means that, unless you have a pharah ( mobile, good dps and range ), you need to take out at least 3 players before you CAN get to the bastion and all the while, this piece of filth just sits there and mows down your team. ( the same cheese-strat can be applied to a torbjorn )

    So let me rephrase my earlier statement – the current meta makes bastion OP ( a single one with a balanced team though )

    Yes, you definitely cover the most counters for a bastion in the article and video – but c’mon – 3/5 plays of the game being bastion kind of skews towards nerf that fucker some more 😐
    ( not necessarily his abilities – i feel it’s perfect for the hero – but nerf the rate of fire on the gattling-gun… good god man, it feels as if though the open-beta was more balanced than what it is currently – also, tracers’ movement speed feels slower than what it felt like in the open-beta )

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  10. RetroPlayers

    June 1, 2016 at 17:20

    Thanks for the tips, I have just got my copy of the game and will need all of the help that I can get.

    Reply

  11. Strawman Jim

    June 6, 2016 at 10:57

    Bastion is easy-mode for COD scrubs… there I said it!

    Reply

  12. Cederic Schmid

    June 17, 2016 at 17:17

    Interesting Post. I think that bastion is still a bit overpowered even after the nerf. Because of that I decided to make a short guide on how to counter him, some of you might want to check it out so I’ll link it below.
    https://youtu.be/xw1T0DCdv3g

    Reply

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