The Shield Bash changes are quite controversial, but I do play Brig a lot, one of my most played and favourite heroes so I want to say why I think they are actually brilliant.
What does Shield Bash currently do?
Currently Shield Bash is an anti-dive tool, duel ability and also can deny abilities and ultimates.
What are the changes to Shield Bash? (assuming what we have seen in playtests is exactly what we get).
- Stun is removed
- Cooldown is reduced from 7s to 5s
- Distance is increased from 6.85m to about 10-11m
- No longer blocked by shields
- Now triggers inspire
- Damage increased from 5 to 50
Why these changes are good?
The reason I think these changes are good, is because they remove the CC element of Shield Bash, while keeping it’s function entirely.
As an anti-dive tool, this shield bash lets Brig pressure flankers off of her with damage rather than the stun. If she hits Tracer with this shield bash, Tracer is gonna have to retreat. The 50 damage is a lot, and now Brig is healing herself.
What’s important to realise is that the reduced cooldown increases it’s uptime. So Brig can pressure potentially multiple heroes away during a fight while also activating her healing every time.
the increased distance is HUGE. Severely underestimated. This gives Brig mobility. Brig can now move around more flexibly. But most importantly, this increases Brig’s effective range, if Tracer has a 12m fall-off, now Shield Bash pretty much covers Tracer’s entire range onto Brig, allowing Brig to emit more pressure onto flankers at more range because of the threat of the 50 damage bash.
The ability to bash through shields sounds small, but it stops tank heroes from preventing Brig’s aggression or escape, which is huge for when Brig is retreating from Winston. A Winston should barely ever catch Brig with this new Bash.
So in essence it’s still an anti-dive tool, it still allows brig to duel (if not more effectively with more lethality), it lets Brig move more and more often, and that’s all in a trade for sometimes not stopping someones ability or ult.
That last functionality is key to some engagements, but overall I think the trade-off makes Brig very fun if not as fun as she was before.
I like this change and I can’t wait to try it.