Overwatch 2’s (opens in a new tab) Competitive ranks (opens in a new tab) a lot has changed since the original game. Skill rating is gone and replaced with skill sections within all ranks. The new system encourages you to focus on playing multiple matches and doing your best, instead of worrying about individual ones. Overwatch 2’s new ranks make Competitive mode easier to understand and less daunting.
Overwatch 2 has two ranked modes: Role Queue and Open Queue – both require winning 50 games or owning the original game to unlock. Role queue locks your team composition down to one tank hero, two damage heroes and two support heroes. You choose the roles you want to rank for, play matches and get an individual rank for each role. Open Queue is free like Overwatch at launch in 2016. You can choose any hero in any role and get one universal rank.
At the beginning of each competitive season, you must complete a number of matches before you receive your rank. You will be unranked until you reach seven wins or 20 losses, whichever comes first. If you played competitive modes in Overwatch 1, your rank will be close to what it was but modified for all the new changes in the sequel.
This system replaces the placement matches of the original game. It encourages you to just play consistently over multiple matches instead of treating each one like a school test where you have to perform your best.
Throughout the season, your rank will only update when you hit the threshold of seven wins or 20 losses again. And by “update” it means your rank can go up and down any number of skill sectionswhich is quite a big change compared to the linear Skill Rating system in the original game.
All the ranks you can earn
Ranks are divided into seven medals that represent each skill level. Each has five numerical divisions within it that go up until you enter the next highest level. So if you are Gold 1 and win seven games, you will move up to Platinum 5.
The ranks are broken down as follows:
- Bronze 5-1
- Silver 5-1
- Gold 5-1
- Platinum 5-1
- Diamond 5-1
- Master 5-1
- Grandmaster 5-1
Two weeks into each season will mark the release of the Top 500 leaderboard and rank icon—and if the season has a new hero, they’ll become available to play in ranked. Top 500 is a changing list of 500 of the highest ranked players. Top 500 doesn’t require you to be in a certain rank to qualify for it; it’s a snapshot of whoever is at the top. But it requires you to play 25 matches in Role Queue or 50 in Open Queue first. And since it’s only 500 players out of what’s probably thousands of players in total, it will mostly consist of Grandmaster and Masters players.
If you take an extended break from playing, the invisible MMR, or matchmaking rating, will decay, or drop, to put you in easier games if you’re a little rusty. Blizzard said your MMR will adjust faster than normal during this period to revive you.
How groups work with ranks
Overwatch 2’s competitive modes have some limitations for playing in groups. Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond players can group with any number of people within two skill levels of them. Master players can also group with any number of people, but they must be within one skill level of them.
Everything gets tighter in the two highest roles. Grandmaster players can group with one player within three skill divisions of them. And the Top 500 players can only be grouped with one player who is also in the Top 500 in their region.
Ranks also have new rewards
Overwatch 2’s competitive rewards are a bit different now as well. There are competitive points to buy your favorite heroes’ golden weapons (3,000 competitive points each), and titles to put on your name card in the next season (and must be earned again in that season).
For every match you win, you’ll get 15 competitive points, and for every draw you get five.
Your top rank through Role Queue and Open Queue at the end of the season will reward you with a chunk of competitive points with a competitive challenge associated with it. Here’s how many competitive points you’ll get, along with the association title rewards:
- Bronze: 65
- Silver: 125
- Gold: 250
- Platinum: 500
- Diamond: 750, Diamond Challenger
- Master: 1,200, Master Challenger
- Grandmaster: 1,750, Grandmaster Challenger
- Top 500: 1,750, Top 500 Challenger
You also get titles for completing some competitive games:
- 250 games: Adept Competitor
- 750 games: Experienced Competitor
- 1,750 games: Experienced Competitor