On October 4th, Overwatch 2 was released with many new additions compared to its predecessor. The ranking system of the competitive play got also updated with some new features. Below, you will find an overview and further explanations about these and how it works.
In a blog post, Blizzard announced that they have long-term plans for competitive play that will improve the player experience even more. In addition, the new features should be fun for new and returning players, and losing shouldn’t just be an only negative experience.
Ranked System and Ranks explained in Overwatch 2
You have to fight for your rank in the competitive play, which will change regularly after seven wins or 20 losses. That means the first rank you will be, is decided after a few matches. Especially in the beginning, you should expect to start in lower-tier divisions and only climb up if you progress.
Info: Your new ranking is based on whether you have 7 wins or 20 losses first. This means: You can also have 19 defeats, but when you win the 7th time before losing the 20th time, you will still be upgraded.
If you have already played the competitive play in the first Overwatch part, your tier will be adjusted accordingly, but your new rank will be slightly lower than before. However, as a returning player, you can get to your previous rank faster.
All Current Competitive Ranks in Order in Overwatch 2
The tiers in the first Overwatch, Bronze to Grand Master, remain in Overwatch 2. In addition, however, there are divisions now that divide the tiers into five levels, with division 5 being the lowest level and division 1 being the highest.
Overwatch 2 ranks in order:
- Bronze 5 – 1
- Silver 5 – 1
- Gold 5 – 1
- Platinum 5 – 1
- Diamond 5 – 1
- Top 500
How to Rank Up in the Overwatch 2 Competitive Rank System+ Rewards
There will be new, limited-ranking titles for name cards, which you can earn as you advance. However, commemorative sprays and icons that you earn each season, as well as the top 500 sprays and icons, will be removed. The reward currency will still be the competitive points, which you can use to unlock golden weapons for your heroes. In the following list, you find what you need to rank up in Overwatch 2:
- Points per win: You will receive 15 points for a win.
- Points per draw: You will receive 5 points for a draw.
- Golden Weapons: To unlock a golden weapon, you need 3000 competition points.
- The Bonus competition points, that you receive at the end of each season, will be limited to your highest skill level in any of your roles, including the open queue.
All Comp Ranks & their required Points in Overwatch 2
To reach the lowest level of each rank, you need these amounts of competitive points:
All Title Rewards for played matches
You can also earn title rewards while playing, for which you have to have played a certain number of matches. You can then display these title rewards for everyone to see:
How can you unlock Ranked mode in Overwatch 2 and climb the Ranking System – explained?
To experience the new ranking system, you have to be able to join the competitive play. For returning players who already have an Overwatch 2 account, joining the competitive play is directly possible. However, players who created a new account on or after 10/04/2022 are in a different situation.
With a new account, you have to complete the First-Time User Experience and play 50 Quick Play matches successfully before you can start the competitive play. This is to ensure that new players will gain experience and learn about the gameplay before they start competing for tiers. Also, this should be less triggering for players who already have experience, as they won’t have newbies that don’t understand the game on their team.
The Top 500 leaderboard in Overwatch 2
The top 500 leaderboards will remain largely unchanged and will be separated by input pool as before. As in Overwatch 1, you have to complete 25 games for a given role in the role queue or 50 games in the open queue. You must complete at least 25 games for the combined role queue rankings. The Top 500 leaderboards will be unlocked two weeks after the start of each new season, and cross-platform players can view the separate leaderboards by input pool.
More New Stuff coming to the Ranking System in Overwatch 2
The new scoreboard
The scoreboard within the competitive matches was also updated. The other players’ tier rank and medals won’t be shown before the match to prevent players from getting demotivated immediately. In addition, tiers and divisions are not in the foreground regarding the matchmaking of teams, so you can now show name cards and titles.
New Game Reports
In your Career Profile, you will find a new Report section where you will get a detailed summary of all the games you have played in Overwatch during your current session.
In the blog post, Blizzard announced that the ability to save recently played matches across sessions would be included in a future update. This means that after you have already logged out once, you will be able to see all of your statistics whenever you play again.
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