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Overwatch’s Bastion could use a rework and here’s how it might happen

Published: 25/Jun/2019 22:06 Updated: 25/Jun/2019 22:17

by Bill Cooney

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Bastion is a fan-favorite Overwatch hero, but he’s one of the least-picked heroes on any platform and some players think he’s due for a rework.

Overwatch’s favorite Omnic has been sitting at less than a 1 percent pick rate on console and PC for a long time, according to YouTuber Blame The Controller.

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In a new video, BTC goes over the problems Bastion has in his current state and makes some suggestions for changes that could make him a more viable pick in games.

Blame the ControllerBlame The Controller highlighted some of the main issues players currently face with Bastion.

Building a better Bastion 

One of the big problems with Bastion is that he only really works well in certain situations, like on defense. An attacking Bastion might work in certain situations, like with a Pirate Ship comp on payload maps, but again, that’s very situational.

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Blame The Controller suggests keeping Bastion intact by letting him still use Recon, Sentry and Tank mode but also changing how the abilities operate and allowing him to rely less on other heroes.

Blame The ControllerBlame The Controller’s goals for a potential Bastion rework.

The YouTuber goes over two different potential options for changing Bastion in detail in the video, but the most interesting suggestion is switching Bastion’s Sentry Mode to his Ultimate and making Tank Configuration a cooldown ability, similar to Torbjorn’s Overload.

“The only time characters are truly locked into one place is when they’re using their ultimate, like Pharah, Junkrat and Hanzo,” BTC said. “It should also be noted that ultimates like those tend to be some of the most powerful in the game and would fit quite well with Bastion in Sentry mode.”

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Obviously, Tank Mode would need to be rebalanced to avoid making Bastion OP, possibly like Hanzo’s Storm Arrow ability, which gives players a set number of shots before going back to normal.

Blame The Controller goes into much more depth about ideas for a Bastion rework in the full, 8-minute video below.

Big changes coming to Overwatch?

Whether or not a Bastion rework will happen is entirely up to Blizzard, but there do seem to be big changes on the way for Overwatch this summer.

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A massive June 18 patch contained updates for a number of heroes and according to a recent report, role lock could be coming to the Overwatch League and eventually to the main game as well.

Overwatch’s Hero 31 will also arrive sometime this summer, according to Jeff Kaplan, so it seems like players have plenty to look forward to.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.