Overwatch Has Returned

Overwatch Beta is back online after its xmas vacation, with a lot of new goodies and features, as well as hero balances. The objective defense feels more brutal than it used to, and I think that’s partially due to the removal of Bastion’s shield. Before the xmas break, Bastion was literally one of the top defense factors with only a few counters: Tracer could teleport its way behind Bastion, Reaper could do the same, and later on D.va or Genji. Other than that it was nigh impossible to get through a checkpoint with Bastion turreting down anything that moved.

Now Bastion lost the shield that made objective defense so much smooth (and why not? unfair). Instead, Bastion can no rotate on its axis 360 degrees to attack those coming from behind — something you couldn’t do before when Bastion had the shield. Now Genji, Widow Maker and Zenyatta feel better suited to take down Bastion from a safe distance. If Bastion is in a corner or in a out-of-view angle, maybe Reaper and Tracer for close range.

In the beginning of this video, you will see most of the new features, which I plan to showcase in an upcoming article.

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