WELCOME TO SEASON 2 OF COMPETITIVE PLAY
Overwatch Season 2 begins on 0.02.2016
Season 2 changes:
Overwatch Season Two has begun! Ruin Gaming provides a comprehensive listing of changes courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment, covering the many new features of this season of competitive play. In an effort to encourage consistent player progression throughout the season Blizzard has implemented a Skill Rating System as well as Skill Tiers used for group finding. New Game Mode Changes as well as requirements to join the ranks of the Top 500!
Skill Rating System Update
Skill ratings tiers have changed from 100 point scale to an incremental 1-1500 rating system. Providing a more precise scale for assessing player progression on a match by match basis. The new rating system is used as the basis of group formation in order to ensure that players of similar skill levels are able to compete with one another. Activity restrictions for the higher Master and Grandmaster tiers are now in place to maintain rating above 3000.
Skill Rating Decay
Players with a skill rating of 3000 and above will now need to play at least once a week in order to maintain their rating. Every day beyond a week of inactivity will incur a 50 point penalty, eventually reducing rating to 3000. Playing a match will stop rating decay.
Season 2 introduces an incremental 1500 point tier system. Each tier has its own icon. Players progress through skill tiers up to the Diamond tier, after which it is possible to fall back from the Master and Grandmaster tiers to Diamon tier. The objective remains to provide a more precise system for gauging player progression and individual player skill.
Bronze 1-1499 rating
Unique Icons for Each Tier
In season 2 skill tier icons will be visible on player names. Further details regarding skill ratings are available through the Competitive Play menu under “Information”.
In order to ensure a competitive and more fair play environment in season two, players will now be matched by skill rating. Players are matched with others of their skill level, with the skill rating range being narrowed as tiers progress:
Game Mode Changes
Additional Information Available on the Overwatch Forums
Time Bank Changes:
Competitive Point System
Top 500 system changes
In an effort to deter players from leaving games in progress Blizzard has implemented the following penalties:
Penalties for leaving competitive games:
Season Two is now live!