The latest Overwatch PTR build is live, bringing with it changes to the long-neglected turret hero Bastion. The slate of changes, which aims to increase Bastion's viability in its mobile Recon mode, while making its Sentry (turret) mode into more of a tank-buster, are the first updates the Omnic robot has received since Overwatch's beta.
Here's a full rundown of the changes in store for Bastion, via the official patch notes:
- Deploy time decreased from 1.5 seconds to 1.0 second
- Bullet spread increased by 50 percent
- Bullet spread is always at maximum (it no longer increases as the weapon is fired)
- Magazine size increased from 200 to 300
- Headshot damage multiplier has been removed
- No longer deals critical damage
- Bullet spread decreased by 25 percent
- Magazine size increased from 20 to 25
- Can now be used while moving
- Now bound to secondary fire (formerly Ability 2)
- No longer interrupted by taking damage
- A new resource meter has been added that deplete while Self-Repair is active and recharges when not in use
- No longer grants bonus armor
Bastion has a new passive: Ironclad
- Bastion takes 35% less damage while in Sentry or Tank configuration
"The goal of these changes is to move some of Bastion's power from Configuration: Sentry to Recon, while keeping its sentry mode a strong option, especially versus tanks and barriers," read Blizzard's comments. "Overall, Bastion should feel stronger and more flexible with these changes."
Other changes in the patch include a tweak to D.Va's Defense Matrix that will allow it to absorb projectiles at point-blank range, as well as a change that will Mercy less vulnerable while performing her Resurrect ability. She'll now be granted the same bit of invulnerability as her freshly-revived teammates—a tweak that should make it less suicidal to dive in and bring your team back to life.
In addition to balance changes, the latest PTR patch also introduced a custom game server browser, which will let players customize and share their own game modes with friends, teammates, and the world. There's also a new sensitivity slider for targeted abilities such as Mercy's Guardian Angel, Sombra's Hack, and Ana's Nano Boost, but we're not quite sure how it works yet. We'll be sure to update this post once we've tested it out and have more information.