As a Bastion main who values positive attitudes over all else in this game, I have some things to say about Bastion. Specifically the details in the recent patch.
So just to preface, I have 98 total hours on Bastion (almost 100!) with a 60-70% competitive win rate out of 520 hours total on this PC account. Most other heroes vary around 15-35 hours each save for a few. I just want to say I am not a biased one-trick. I just really enjoy Bastion and would like to see him have a nicer place in the future of this game. One where he isn’t a ‘throw hero’.
This recent Public Test Region change is amazing! I love that he’s getting minor buffs so he has some more potential. I’ve personally debated how I would fix Bastion if given the choice a lot, and I have never once considered a gradually increasing accuracy on his turret form. It feels great! Still though, I’m not sure it’s enough. Believe me, I’m the last person who wants to see him become OP because that just means he’ll be hated more. All that I really am curious to see how it would work if he was given an ability for his turret form. Whether that be a small scoot to do minor re-positioning every few seconds similar to Hanzo’s side hop, or something similar to D.Va’s rockets to give a bit of variety in his kit. A lot of people see Bastion as useless outside of a hard pirate ship scenario where he gets healed and shielded and defended by his entire team. I feel like a small ability that would really only benefit himself given he was in an alone scenario would give his aggressive strategies a tad more variety and viability while still keeping his play style basically the same. Though, I’m no professional. I just play a lot of Bastion and would like to see new strategies open up for him.
Now, this isn’t really a meta/balance thought, but just something that I found strange. Another change in this Public Test Region surprised me and I feel slightly betrayed, I can’t lie. I saw that Ashe’s ultimate, BOB, now turns solid gold with the golden gun purchase. Awesome! I love this. They even went so far as to add the BOB icon in her weapon previews. Though, if it only took a small amount of time to add this to BOB, why does Bastion’s tank form still not have any gold? The only visible gold piece while in tank configuration is his recon gun that is barely seen beneath the back left flap. I figured for the longest time that they just must not want to make something specifically for his ultimate into a gold weapon. But clearly, as shown by BOB, that must not be the reason. If there’s a good reason, I’d like to know! If not, well, why isn’t there any gold?
Aside from my minor complaints and thoughts, I absolutely love the direction Blizzard is taking with Bastion. Very minor buffs/nerfs to find an equilibrium definitely seem like the way to go. I would hate to see Bastion get a massive buff and become similar to Brigitte, where everyone just wants to see her get nerfed into the ground.
This probably sounds a little greedy, but I really hope to see some responses and thoughts. I want to know what other Bastion players or even non-Bastion players think of these changes and my proposed changes.