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Guide: Attack Bastion is the Answer to Overwatch's Triple Tank Meta
OPINION // Overwatch // By Gregory Ibañez // 13d ago
As it stands, the meta for defending in Overwatch runs three, sometimes four, tanks. Playing a tank-heavy defense allows the team to stack up and contest the payload for long lengths of the round as well as wait for Roadhog hooks to thin out the oncoming push.
The answer to this huddled-up passive approach is the meta-breaker: Bastion. Keep in mind that you'll probably get some flak from teammates at the start. They might hate your pick, but the enemy team will hate it more.
Why Attack Bastion Works
An immense amount of utility is provided by Bastion to burn through the defense: she can shred Reinhardt's shield in seconds or force the defending team to disperse. Doing so provides your team better angles to push, allowing you to move, set up, and stream bullets yet again.
On the same note, the enemy team will have to make a choice: give up ground to not get sprayed down or fully commit to a team fight. Forcing the enemy team to dive unsettles the defense and gives your team more opportunities to move the objective along.
Bastion fits well into the "Squad Comp" detailed by FREEDO. A general composition around the meta-breaking Bastion would be: Ana, Reinhardt, Roadhog, Mei, and one other flex pick (usually a flanker).
Roadhog grants your team those ezpz hook picks while Mei freezes any potential divers or a reflecting Genji.
The sweet spot for Bastion in engagements remains mid-range. Your damage falls off at long ranges, but you don't want to be close enough to have three people in your face. Keep in mind how easily you may get yanked from enemy Roadhogs as well.
Bear in mind the other team's positioning if you're on or near the payload. When your gut is telling you a committed team fight is coming, listen to it; move off the payload and set up at an alternate angle.
Overall, Bastion provides the best damage per second, and healers simply can't keep up with. However, using the hero won't be as easy as just holding down Mouse1 — understanding where you'll be most effective makes or breaks the choice.
Gregory 'leeks' Ibanez once upon a time played Counter-Strike: Global Offensive semi-professionally under multiple organizations. He sticks to AWPing in CS because he's known around the office as literally the worst Widowmaker in Overwatch...