Overwatch 2: understanding the new competitive system
One of the most notable changes is in the functioning of the new competitive system and the strategies players can employ to climb the ranks. Here's how each has changed:
Changes to Team Composition
One of the major alterations is the reduction of players per team from 6 to 5, adding more dynamism to the game and challenging players to rethink strategies and compositions.
The new composition now consists of one Tank, two Damage, and two Support Heroes on each team. And for Support Heroes, the game offers Battle Pass XP bonuses.
- Skill Levels - Players start in the Bronze Tier and progress through different Divisions within their Tier. Tiers include Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, and Grandmaster.
- Divisions - Each Tier has five Divisions, from 5 to 1. As players win matches, their Divisions increase until reaching the first place in the current Tier and moving up to the next Tier after clearing Division 1 of the current Tier.
- Seasonal Rewards - At the end of each competitive season, players receive various rewards, including Competitive Points (CP). These points can be used to acquire golden weapons and other in-game items.
- Climbing the Ranks - After surpassing Diamond, players reach the Master Skill Level. From Master, players progress to Grandmaster, where the competition intensifies. The final level is "Top 500," reserved for the top 500 players in each region.
The three hero roles – Damage, Support, and Tank – have separate rankings. Each role has its own Skill Levels and Divisions, highlighting each role and skill within each category.
Players in the first five Skill Levels can form groups with friends as long as the ranking differences are not too high. In the Grandmaster Skill Tier, players can only play with one friend in the same group.
In summary, the new competitive system of Overwatch 2 provides a solid structure for fairer competition, offering more balance for all players.