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Competitive changes start PTR testing: shorter off-season, in-game countdown, skill rating and tier tweaks and more.
Overwatch competitive play is ever evolving and Blizzard are hard at work trying to make the experience as good as it can be and so they've started testing some major changes to how it works on the PTR. The big news is a shorter, only week-long off-season, an in-game countdown to when the new season starts and skill rating and tier tweaks.
Right now on the PTR, we’re starting to test out changes for Season 3 of Competitive Play. While there’s one big change to Season 3, there are also some behind-the-scenes adjustments to how we’re calculating Skill Rating and Skill Tier placement that I wanted to discuss with everyone.
The largest visible change to Competitive Play will be to the off-season between Season 2 and Season 3. Based on community feedback, we’re going to shorten the off-season downtime to just one week, with Season 2 ending at 00:00 UTC on November 24, and Season 3 beginning on December 1. Additionally, during the off-season, we’ll display an in-game countdown to when the next season begins.
Before explaining the changes to Skill Rating and Skill Tiers, let me explain some of the goals for matchmaking in Competitive Play. First and foremost, we always want to provide the fairest matches that we can. Fair matches of skill between the teams provide the greatest chance for you to have fun in Overwatch. At the same time, we’d also like every new competitive season to feel like a fresh start. These two goals end up being somewhat contradictory. If we completely reset everyone’s Skill Rating (SR) at the start of a new season, then players of all skill levels would end up playing against each other and having poor quality matches until the system could reevaluate each player’s skill. Because of this, we don't fully reset your SR when a new season begins, and instead use your SR from the previous season as a starting point.
Another area of Competitive Play we’re trying to improve for Season 2 is how we distribute everybody into their Skill Tiers (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, etc.) based on their SR. When Season 2 started, we had WAY more players in Gold and Platinum than we initially intended, and way fewer in Bronze and Silver. This was the result of how we calculated your initial SR for Season 2. We tried to partially reset player SR at the start of Season 2, but the results were not as we expected. Instead, below-average players started Season 2 at a higher SR than they should have been given their performance in Season 1. This meant that as they played in Season 2, their SR would often drop to a lower value, which didn’t feel great. It also meant that there was a much wider variation of skill in the Gold and Platinum tiers than we wanted. This is something we want to avoid in Season 3.
As a result, we’re testing a different way of determining your starting SR for Season 3 on the PTR. We’re leaning more towards trying to keep things fair rather than giving everyone a fresh start. We’re also going to initially tune your SR to be slightly lower to start. In turn, fewer players should start the season having their Skill Rating drastically drop despite having close to even wins and losses.
This change will mean that some players will not start in the same tier for Season 3 that they were placed in for Season 2, and that your SR gains from winning will be a little higher at the beginning of the season. After you play enough matches, however, your SR gains and losses will go back to normal.
We’ll be looking closely at the results of players placement on PTR and see if our goals are being met, and might make further adjustments during this testing cycle that might require a reset of placement matches. If that’s the case, we’re try to provide advanced notice whenever possible.
In the meantime, we really appreciate your feedback, and thanks for everyone who is helping us test on PTR!
Do it For Practice is recruiting on Stormscale EU, Horde side.
We are a group of people that have been clearing content since release and are looking for mythic progression now. For this we need to fill up some gaps in our roster since mythic requires more people. We formed a new guild with all the best people we know and are cleaning out Normal and Heroic difficulties on the same day, within a couple of hours!
This will always happen on Wednesday evening 7:00 server time. While we were progressing we were also raiding on Mondays Tuesdays and Thursdays, but this will be decided once we start progressing on mythic again.
Besides normal raids we also have regular mythic+ groups going. If you enjoy mythic+ but raiding not so much, you can also apply, we do enjoy more than just raiding content.
The age requirement will be 18+. All of us are 20+ currently, I am 26 myself.
We currently need at least one more tank, druid/warrior/dk/paladin. One or two good healers and a couple of amazing DPS. Having more than one playable spec is extremely valuable here! Please be at least 855+ before you apply, we are not a boosting company. However we do have a social rank, if your friends wish to join as well.
Add Matthijs#2267, IGN = Cabony
Still looking for some great DPS and a good healer or 2 to make our roster complete. We killed Nythendra Mythic yesterday.
Hi, we are a fairly newly formed guild with a good core group of players with 4/7H experience. We are looking for people to expand our core group into a strong raid team.
We are in need of players that can heal whilst mastering the other aspects of raid encounters. We will also consider DPS and Tank applicants. Our guild is still small but we do try and do as much together as we can, we run mythic+ to gear in between raids.
We are interested in players that can play well rather than a particular iLvl however it would be great if you were gear readyto slot into raids straight away. We have ran some combined guild runs to 4/7H but would like to be in a position to run our own Heroic raids soon.
Disc or Holy Priest
200k+ single target ranged DPS
Guardian Druid/Protection Warrior
Thanks for reading,
Zaneda <Casually Bad> GM
InReverie is looking for you! Currently 5/7 H!
Any Ranged DPS
Always considering exceptional players of any class and spec.
We’re a Horde guild that’s been raiding since 2005 on Zul’jin and not looking to stop anytime soon. We’re a guild made up of RL friends that pride ourselves on community before all else. We believe this is what gives us a strong core to succeed in anything we put our efforts into.
We use personal loot for our Normal and Heroic runs.
Raid Days and Times (All times in EST as that is our server time) :
Who We Want:
Players that are knowledgeable of their classes and roles they will fulfill within our raid.
Able to come to all three of our raid days with minimal absences
An understanding that this is a more relaxed raid environment and to expect wipes
If you have what it takes to be a part of this great team and community, feel free to contact any of the officers for additional information or visit our website: http://inreverie.wowlaunch.com/
Aberration is back after a long break and are hyped as never before for the release of Legion!
We are now reforming our team with long raiding experiences.
We are currently looking for skilled players who want to join a Semi hardcore raid environment with a focus on progress with limited days(Three days a week) Raid times are 19.30 to 23.00.
If you are who we are looking for, please contact saso#2168 or visit the website here