PTR Patch 1.9.0: A new hero... but also small but significant balance changes
Even though you might be preoccupied with Orisa right now, don't miss out the other minor changes added in the same patch.
While the whole Overwatch community is currently focused on the new, upcoming hero Orisa, Blizzard did also include some other changes to the latest PTR patch. In case you missed the new of Orisa coming to the game soon, do check out this dedicated article.
To take a look at another prominent robot, Bastion received a major set of buffs a few days ago. So much so that he skyrocketed in pickrate even in the higher tiers of play. His ability to selfheal while attacking, and baseline damage reduction in siege/tank mode has proven too strong, especially when combined.
Jeff Kaplan seems to agree, stating that while a lot of the feedback going around currently is too harsh, he does agree that Bastion is a little too strong:
The first step in balancing Bastion 2.0 has been added in the latest PTR patch, alongside one or two other changes:
- Bastion now takes 20% less damage while in Configuration: Sentry or Tank (formerly 35%)
- Caduceus Staff
- New commendation card has been added, which tracks the amount of increased damage that’s done when boosting another player
- Particle Barrier
- No longer protects Zarya from knockback
- Projected Barrier
- No longer protects allies from knockback
We will have to wait and see if the Zarya nerf is as major as it seems to be, and if the Bastion nerf is enough to make him a balanced consideration.
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