It looks like there’s a Bastion buff on Overwatch’s horizon

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When asked for comment, Bastion replied, “boop beep, dooop bee-bop deeeee!”

Over the past few months, just about every member of the Overwatch roster has received some or other change from Blizzard to keep them balanced and fair. Symmetra for example, a sorely underused character a little while ago, had her kit adjusted so that she’d be more relevant. More recently, the likes of Ana, D.Va, and Roadhog have received their own set of tweaks because they were performing just a little too well.

You know who hasn’t had any love from Blizzard in a long time though? Bastion. The Omnic that everybody loves to hate (and hates to love?) essentially hasn’t been touched since way back when Overwatch was in beta.

This lack of attention on Blizzard’s part has seen the bot slip into near extinction. Think about it, when’s the last time you played a game that featured Bastion? It seldom occurs, and on the rare occasion the omnic is picked, it’s basically standard practice for people to throw their toys until another hero is chosen.

That may change in future however, because Blizzard are finally going to give Bastion the loving he deserves, and quite frankly, that he needs. Overwatch’s Principle Designer Geoff Goodman said as much over on the forums (via PC Gamer):

I’m actually working on some changes for him right now. I’m not quite sure when these changes will hit the live game, we’re still testing different things internally.

Hot damn! I wonder what Blizzard have in mind? Will Bastion be given the ability to move about in sentry mode for example (albeit at a reduced speed)? Will he get other abilities? Maybe they’ll even go so far as to give him a second ultimate too, just like they did with Symmetra (though I doubt it).

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Whatever it is, it’s good to know that Bastion is getting some loving. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out what changes Blizzard have planned for the bot.

Last Updated: January 31, 2017

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Dresden

    Oh goody, more reasons for Ruskis to insta-pick Bastion!

  • Does this champ really need a buff?

    • he’s pretty useless at the moment.. he sometimes works as a surprise pick but only until the opposing team realises he is in play then he is countered instantly and becomes useless

      • Console is a little more forgiving when playing him, but he gets taken out way too quickly. Even his ult. You’d think a tank could take a few shots before dying :/

        Personally I would like stuff along the lines of:
        Mech Mode: Larger clip, increased reload time to counter it. If not a larger clip, then buff his damage slightly to counter that. I would prefer sustained DPS by firing more bullets, but burst would accomplish the same thing essentially but may have balance issues.
        Sentry Mode: Faster transition into sentry mode, leave all else as is. Look how fast he changes in his character spotlight.
        Tank mode/Ult: Leave damage as is, lower his movement speed slightly and up his armor so he can at least take some hits before essentially having his ult wasted.

        • Admiral Chief

          Agreed on your changes

      • Agreed he can get taken down fast nowadays. But if he has a Reinhardt and sniper covering him somewhere where you need to cover a lot of ground to get to him. He can devastate a team very fast and force them into an unfocused tunnel vision rampage.

  • Hammersteyn

    “when’s the last time you played a game that featured Bastion” Three times at least last night 😛
    But yeah, every one knows what to do when they see Bastion.

    • This is the exact problem in my opinion. He’s way too easy to counter by way too many heroes.


    Too keen!!!

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