Competitive games will be a big focus for Overwatch 2, so it’s no surprise that developer Blizzard is revamping the game’s signature mode to make it a better experience. Blizzard outlined many of the changes coming to Competitive ahead of the game’s imminent launch, including new skill level divisions, new requirements to unlock, a more robust leaderboard and many other additions in a developer post on Wednesday.
Blizzard repeated it to unlock competitive play Overwatch 2, new players must win 50 quick matches and complete the “first time user experience”. This should guarantee that everyone in ranked has enough experience to be there, while also preventing new players from accidentally wading into the deep end too soon. As for returning players who already had ranks in the original Overwatchthey will be able to return to Competitive Play immediately.
Overwatch 2‘s Competitive Mode will also have a very different system for tracking players’ ranks throughout the mode. Instead of the even number that the original game used, Overwatch 2 will be used skill-tier division; these will divide the regular tiers using a system that starts at Division 5 and goes up to Division 1, after which they progress to the next tier. In addition, players will not be able to see the progress they make game by game. Instead, Blizzard will only show these ranked changes for every seven wins or 20 losses.
Another massive update to competitive mode is the new scoreboard, which will forgo showing medals like the original game in favor of more traditional stats like kills, deaths and assists. These categories should help give players a better idea of how their match is going, while also letting them know what they might need to change to improve their odds of winning.
Along with all these major changes, Overwatch 2‘s Competitive Mode also gets a number of smaller quality-of-life additions like improved post-game reports and stat tracking. Even portrait levels have been replaced in Overwatch 2 in favor of Battle Pass levels.