Overwatch

Clever Overwatch tactic makes Bastion incredibly mobile

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch team showed off a creative strategy that allowed Bastion to bypass the enemy team’s shields and tear them apart.

Bastion is one of the highest damage-dealers in the game, capable of pumping out incredible amounts of sustained damage while in turret form.

The drawback to that capacity is that Bastion is also among the least mobile heroes in the game, which in many cases can mean that coordinated teams can either shut him down, or simply out-manoeuvre him relatively easily.

In organized competition, then, Bastion has historically been limited to scenarios in which the enemy team is forced to engage him directly, such as with “pirate ship” compositions which see the team stack up on the payload as it moves, or “bunker” compositions play around a single defensive point.

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Bastion's biggest weakness is usually his mobility.

Overwatch team Battle Gold came up with a solution to this problem, however. By pairing him with a Symmetra on the defensive side of Volskaya, they were able to quickly relocate Bastion without him having to leave turret form at all, by placing teleporters beneath him to take him between the various rooftops.

By jumping him back and forth between buildings, Bastion was able to constantly fire at the enemies on the control point from different angles, opening up direct lines of sight around their barriers and cover.

Symmetra has proven one of the more powerful Damage heroes herself in the role queue era so far, ranking among the most successful at all ranks, so picking her alongside the Bastion doesn’t take away from the other DPS slot in the way the Symmetra of old might have.

It also means that Bastion doesn’t necessarily need the level of resources from the rest of the team – instead of setting up an entire bunker around him, working in partnership with the Symmetra should allow Bastion to play more independently of the squad, and simply be teleported to safety when necessary.