One of the most situational Heroes in Overwatch, Bastion is set to receive some substantial buffs on the public test region server coming soon.
Bastion is a Defense Hero who can be extremely deadly, but is countered easily and has numerous Heroes that counter him in various situations. Plus, success with Bastion tends to require multiple Heroes working around him as opposed to any kind of solo success.
Principal designer Geoff Goodman posted on the forums today and outlined some specific changes that will be in testing soon.
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.
All of these changes sound like they can help Bastion fit into the meta in better ways. He can find success at a low level right now, but when it comes to high ranks or esports, Bastion is rare to be found due to the ease of countering him. These changes might make that different.