Exciting times are ahead for Overwatch fans, both in terms of their competitive scene and the general community, as the PvP component of the sequel is closer than what everyone anticipated, with OWL 2022 confirmed to be played in an early build of Overwatch 2 this upcoming April.
On top of a switch to 5v5, new game modes, and heroes, Blizzard previously confirmed old characters would get a visual overlook, as well as complete reworks for certain ones, including Sombra and Bastion.
The pair have been subject to a lot of changes throughout the years, but have stood out for either being too powerful, in the case of the Mexican hacker, or simply not good enough besides super-low ELO, like the bullet-spraying tank.
Finally, during the Overwatch League 2022 grand finals, Blizzard presented massive changes to both of them. Let's not beat around the bush and break them down.
Overwatch 2 Sombra rework
First up, Sombra's hacking abilities have been massively retooled. While previously, they were focused on disabling opponent cooldowns, now that effect will only last one second, the new component is now a wallhack, which reveals enemies to both Sombra and her teammates for the duration of the hack.
In order to make Sombra a more active damage-dealer, Blizzard decided to add a passive ability that lets her do 50% more damage to hacked targets.
Her Ultimate ability, EMP, will work differently now, as it won't remove all shields, but rather, do up to 40% of damage to opponents based on their current HP.
Finally, two of the biggest changes are that Sombra's hack is on a three-second cooldown and that she can hack opponents while in stealth mode.
Overwatch 2 Bastion rework
The lovable sentient machine will possibly no longer be a low-tier hero after this rework, as the DPS is receiving a complete overhaul to how it functions.
First up, he'll be giving plenty of mobility, as Bastion will now be able to move while in sentry mode, its deadly turret mode. To compensate, Blizzard has decided to add a small cooldown so players don't abuse this.
Its ability to self-heal is now gone, being replaced by a sort of sticky grenade that can bounce off walls and tag enemies, doing massive damage and a bit of splash as well.
Bastion's primary fire in recon mode will have a slower fire rate but will feature no spread, meaning he can function at further ranges than its current iteration.
Bastion's Ultimate has also been reworked, saying goodbye to the tank configuration, showing off a new artillery mode with three strikes that can be put anywhere on the map. These shots do up to 600 damage, but can be matrixed by D.Va or deflected by Genji.
Check out the image down below for a full breakdown of Bastion's rework:
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