Competitive Play is the ranked Play Mode of Overwatch. In this mode, players are matched with others of similar skill level that is of greater accuracy than the matchmaking system in Quick Play. It is a more serious game mode where players compete in order to rank up. Competitive Play will have each team take turns attacking and defending until the match is decided.
Players must achieve level 25 before this game mode is unlocked.
Scoring[edit | edit source]
- On Escort maps, the attacking team which escorts the payload the farthest wins. If both teams manage to move the payload the exact same distance without reaching the destination or fail to move it at all, the match ends in a draw. Note that the furthest distance the payload has been moved is what counts, even if the payload moves back. If both teams reach the destination, a new rotation is played using the time bank rules.
- On Assault maps, the attacking team which captures the most control points and/or makes the most progress on capturing a control point wins. If the first attacking team does not fully capture a control point but makes at least 33.3% capture progress, the second attacking team must exceed the first team's capture progress in order to win. If neither team reaches at least 33.3% capture progress on the same control point or if both teams reach the exact same capture percentage (<100%) on the same control point, the match ends in a draw. If both teams capture both control points, a new rotation is played using time bank rules.
- On Hybrid maps, the attacking team which achieves the most capture progress on the control point and/or escorts the payload the farthest wins. If neither team reaches at least 33.3% capture progress on the control point, if both teams reach the exact same capture percentage (<100%) on the control point, or if both teams capture the control point but manage to move the payload the exact same distance or fail to move it at all, the match ends in a draw. If both teams escort the payload to its destination, a new rotation is played using the time bank rules.
- Control maps are a best-of-three and is the same as Quick Play.
Time Bank (Extra Rounds)[edit | edit source]
If a match is tied after both teams have played on attack and defense, a new attack and defense rotation will start using the time bank system.
Escort Time Bank Rules[edit | edit source]
If both teams have escorted the payload to the destination, the game examines their remaining time before starting a new rotation:
- If both teams have 120 seconds or more left in their time bank, the team with the smaller amount of remaining time has their time decreased to 120 seconds, while the other team's remaining time is also decreased the same amount. (i.e. if team A has 165 seconds and team B has 250 seconds after a full rotation, Team A's time bank is reduced by 45 seconds for a total of 120 seconds, while Team B's time bank is also reduced by 45 seconds for a total of 205 seconds).
- If both teams have between 60 seconds and 119 seconds left in their time bank, no changes are made to either team's time bank.
- If team A's remaining time is between 0 seconds and 59.9 seconds and team B has 60 seconds or more, team A is granted additional time to increase their remaining time to 60 seconds and team B is also granted the same amount to their time bank. This rule also applies if both teams have between 0 seconds and 59.9 seconds remaining. (i.e. if team A has 20 seconds and team B has 150 seconds after a full rotation, team A's time bank is increased by 40 seconds for a total of 60 seconds, while team B's time bank is also increased by 40 seconds for a total of 190 seconds).
Whenever a new rotation starts, the team with the least time remaining starts the next rotation on attack. No additional time will be added when the payload reaches a checkpoint in the extra rounds.
Assault and Hybrid Time Bank Rules[edit | edit source]
If a match is tied after both teams have played on attack and defense, the game examines their remaining time before starting a new rotation:
- If both teams have 120 seconds or more left in their time bank, the team with the smaller amount of remaining time has their time decreased to 120 seconds, while the other team's remaining time is also decreased the same amount.
- If both team's remaining times are between 60 seconds and 119 seconds, no changes are made to either team's time bank.
- If team A's remaining time is between 0.1 seconds and 59.9 seconds, and team B has 60 seconds or more, team A is granted additional time to increase their remaining time to 60 seconds, and Team B is also granted the same amount to their time bank. This rule also applies if both teams have between 0.1 seconds and 59.9 seconds remaining.
- If team A has no remaining time but team B has at least 60 seconds of time left, then only Team B plays an attacking round with their remaining time. If team B reaches at least 33.3% progress on the first capture point, they win. If they do not, the match results in a draw.
- If neither team has any remaining time left, both teams are given 60 seconds to their time bank and a new rotation begins.
Whenever a new rotation starts, the team with the least time remaining starts the next rotation on attack. In Assault maps, 30 seconds of additional time will be added to the attacking team if point A is captured in the extra rounds, unlike the 3 minutes given in the initial rotation. No additional time will be added after capturing a checkpoint in Hybrid maps.
Ranking[edit | edit source]
A player must play five placement matches to receive their ranks, with the ranks in each of the three roles (tank, damage, support) being separate. The player's ranking is represented as a Skill Rating (SR) between 1 and 5000, with a higher number representing a higher level of skill.
After each match, players will gain or lose a certain amount of SR. The amount gained or lost depends on several factors, including the difference between each team's average SR, the win rates of heroes on a given map, and for players ranked Platinum or below; individual performance. Players do not gain or lose any SR when a match ends in a draw.
Alongside the 1 - 5000 scale, players are assigned tiers depending on their SR which is publicly displayed on their portrait:
Bronze - 1 - 1499 SR
Silver - 1500 - 1999 SR
Gold - 2000 - 2499 SR
Platinum - 2500 - 2999 SR
Diamond - 3000 - 3499 SR
Master - 3500 - 3999 SR
Grandmaster - 4000+
Top 500 - Given to players that have 1st to 500th highest SR in their respective region (Americas. Asia, Europe) and platform (PC, PS4, XBox, Switch).
Players can participate Competitive Play as a group, though the following restrictions will be applied:
- For Diamond and below, the SR of each group member must be within 1000 of the participating group members. This SR range between the group members is reduced to 500 for Master players, and 350 for Grandmaster players.
- Players who have not completed their placement matches may not group up with any player at Diamond tier or above.
Players in Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond will be moved into lower skill tiers if they cannot maintain the minimum skill rating for that tier over five games, while players in Master and Grandmaster will be immediately moved into lower skill tiers if they fail to maintain the minimum skill rating for that tier.
Two weeks after the start of a season, the Top 500 system starts. After that point, if a player manages to attain a Skill Rating that is within the highest 500 of all ranked players within their role and region and has also played at least 25 competitive matches that season, they will rewarded with the Top 500 icon on their portrait and have their BattleTag be visible on the leaderboard. They will also receive a special a player icon and an animated spray unique to those that achieved the Top 500 status. PC players must have Blizzard SMS Protect enabled on their account to be eligible for the Top 500.
Suspensions[edit | edit source]
As this mode exists to players wanting a more serious experience of Overwatch, harsher punishments are given to players who abandon their team before the end of the match. As opposed to Quick Play, players who exit a match from Competitive Play prematurely will not be able to join another game of any Play Mode until their original match is concluded, and departed players will not be backfilled. Players that fail to rejoin their match before it ends will be temporarily suspended from Competitive Play, with repeated offenses extending the duration of the suspension until an eventual permanent ban from the game mode.
Seasons[edit | edit source]
|Season||Start Date||End Date||Notes|
|1||Jun 28, 2016||Aug 17, 2016||Had a 1-100 Skill Rating scale and a Sudden Death system if both teams finished their objective in the initial attack/defense rotation. During Sudden Death, one additional round was played where the attacking team chosen by a coin flip. The attackers had to capture or escort the payload to the first point within 1 minute and 45 seconds.|
|2||Sep 02, 2016||Nov 24, 2016||Sudden Death system replaced by the Time Bank system.|
|3||Dec 01, 2016||Feb 21, 2017|
|4||Feb 28, 2017||May 28, 2017|
|5||Jun 1, 2017||Aug 28, 2017|
|6||Sep 1, 2017||Oct 28, 2017||Duration of each competitive season reduced from three months to two months.|
|7||Nov 1, 2017||Dec 29, 2017|
|8||Jan 1, 2018||Feb 25, 2018|
|9||Feb 28, 2018||Apr 28, 2018|
|10||May 1, 2018||Jul 1, 2018|
|11||Jul 02, 2018||Aug 28, 2018|
|12||Aug 31, 2018||Oct 28, 2018|
|13||Nov 1, 2018||Jan 1, 2019||Off-season duration reduced from three days to two hours.|
|14||Jan 1, 2019||Mar 1, 2019|
|15||Mar 1, 2019||May 1, 2019||Off-season removed. Next season begins immediately after the previous season ends.|
|16||May 1, 2019||Jun 30, 2019|
|17||Jun 30, 2019||Aug 13, 2019||Ended two weeks early to implement a special three week season of Competitive Play that introduced the Role Queue system. Referred to as "Role Queue Beta" in player profiles to those that participated.|
|18||Sep 3, 2019||Nov 7, 2019||Role Queue system implemented with players having independent Skill Ratings for each of the three roles. Number of placement matches required decreased from 10 to 5.|
|19||Nov 9, 2019||Jan 2, 2020||Map pool system introduced. Each season will have a selection of maps in the map pool and only those maps will be available for the entirety of the season.
|20||Jan 2, 2020||Mar 5, 2020||Map pool:
|21||Mar 5, 2020||May 7, 2020||Hero bans introduced, changing weekly. Banned heroes chosen based on hero usage across all ranks.|
Map pools were removed on April 14, 2020.
Map pool (until April 14):
|22||May 7, 2020||Jul 2, 2020||Hero bans changed to be applied only to matches with an average team SR of 3500 or greater. Banned heroes now "based on usage from the Overwatch League" when in season, and "Grandmaster and Top 500 matches" when not in season.
Hero bans were removed on June 8th, 2020.
|23||Jul 2, 2020||Sep 3, 2020||Open Queue system implemented.|
|24||Sep 3, 2020||Nov 5, 2020|
|25||Nov 5, 2020||Jan 7, 2021|
|26||Jan 7, 2021||Mar 9, 2021|
|27||Mar 9, 2021||Season Delayed 5 days (Original starting day March 4, 2021)|
Arcade modes seasons[edit | edit source]
Starting with Copa Lùcioball introduced with the Summer Games 2017 event, Blizzard started adding Competitive Arcade modes from time to time. Usually the duration of a Competitive Arcade mode season is about 3 weeks long.
The rewards for Competitive Arcade modes differ from those from regular Competitive. As the seasons are shorter (as well as the matches duration), you earn less Competitive Points per win and less Competitive Points for your rank at the end of the season.
|Copa Lúcioball||1||Aug. 2017||Introduced with the Summer Games 2017 event.|
|Competitive CTF||1||Feb./Mar. 2018||Introduced with the Lunar New Year 2018 event.|
|Competitive 6v6 Elimination||1||Apr./May 2018||Was not part of an event.|
|Competitive Deathmatch||1||May/June 2018||Introduced with the Anniversary 2018 event.|
|Competitive 3v3 Group Elimination||1||June/July 2018||Was not part of an event. Introduced with the Looking For Group (LFG) feature.
You had to be in a group of 3 players to be able to queue for the mode.
|Copa Lùcioball||2||Aug. 2018||During the Summer Games 2018 event.|
|Competitive Team Deathmatch||1||Oct./Nov. 2018||Was not part of an event.|
|Competitive CTF||2||Jan./Feb. 2019||During the Lunar New Year 2019 event.|
|Competitive 6v6 Elimination||2||Mar./Apr. 2019||Was not part of an event.|
|Competitive Deathmatch||2||June/July 2019||Was not part of an event.|
|Copa Lùcioball||3||July/Aug. 2019||During the Summer Games 2019 event.|
|Competitive 3v3 Elimination||2||Oct./Nov. 2019||During the Halloween Terror 2019 event.|
|Competitive Team Deathmatch||2||Nov./Dec. 2019||Was not part of an event.|
|Competitive CTF||3||Jan./Feb. 2020||During the Lunar New Year 2020 event.|
|Competitive 6v6 Elimination||3||Mar./Apr. 2020||During the Archives 2020 event.|
|Competitive Open Queue||1||Apr. 2020||Was not part of an event.|
|Competitive Deathmatch||3||May/June 2020||During the Anniversary 2020 event.|
|Competitive Open Queue||2||June/July 2020||Was not part of an event. Is part of the main game now.|
|Competitive 3v3 Elimination||3||Sep./Oct. 2020||Was not part of an event.|
|Competitive Team Deathmatch||3||Oct./Nov. 2020||During the Halloween Terror 2020 event.|
Rewards[edit | edit source]
See Competitive Points.
Removed Maps[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Welcome to Competitive Play, Play Overwatch.
- 2020-05-13, Developer Update | Competitive Open Queue | Overwatch, YouTube
- Overwatch's Hero Pools are being removed from Competitive Play | https://www.polygon.com/2020/6/8/21284300/overwatch-hero-pools-removed-indefinitely-competitive-meta-update
- Previous Hero Pools | https://overwatchleague.com/en-us/news/23476684
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