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Season 11 of Competitive Play Is Here!

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It's time for another season of Competitive play! Even as the whole community is buzzing about the new Hero Wrecking Ball, who's up on the PTR as we speak, the live servers are ready for some top (and bottom) level competition and Symmetra can't wait to get her new self into some matches!

Blizzard LogoJune 28 (source)

Get ready to sharpen your skills and perfect your strategies—Season 11 of Competitive Play has begun!

Unlocked at level 25, Competitive Play is designed for those players who want to put their skills to the test, and offers a more serious experience than our Quick Play or Arcade Modes.

To begin your competitive journey this season, click on the “Play” button, select “Competitive Play” from the submenu, and you’re ready to enter a match. You can join on your own or in a group, and Overwatch’s matchmaking system will automatically find the best game possible for your skill level.

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Before you can kick off your competitive career, every player must first complete 10 placement matches to obtain their initial skill rating. This rating will be a number between 1 and 5000, with higher values indicating a greater skill level. Players will also be assigned a tier based on their rating—Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, or Grandmaster—and climbing into the next tier is possible as you improve.

Skill ratings and tier icons will be visible at the beginning of every match. As you compete, your rating will increase or decrease with each win or loss based on a number of factors, including your own performance and the skill of the other players in the match.

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A detailed breakdown of the skill tiers, along with icons and information about the corresponding skill ratings can be found by pressing the “Information” button under the Competitive Play menu.

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In addition to experiencing the thrill of victory, players can also unlock unique rewards through Competitive Play. Anyone who completes their placement matches during a season will receive a special spray and player icon. If you are placed within the Top 500 players on your platform (and in your region) at the end of the season, you’ll receive an extra player icon and animated spray.

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On top of that, as you complete competitive matches, you’ll earn a currency called Competitive Points. When the season concludes, you’ll also receive a number of those points (based on your overall performance) to spend on golden versions of your favorite heroes’ weapons.

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  • Starting in Season 11, players must have Blizzard SMS Protect enabled on their account while completing a minimum of 50 matches in a region to be eligible for the Top 500 (PC only).

Season 11 is live RIGHT NOW on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, so power up your favorite gaming machine and join the fight. We’ll see you on the battlefield!

 

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Placement matches: 8/10 win, 3  POTG, 2-3 gold medal per match aaaaaaaand 1849 XD
Well done Blizzard, you develope this game so (fuuuuuu) brilliant! In my first season (8) I was almost platinum and since that with +-60% win rate I'm just going down down down and every new season start just lower than previous. I'm sure my next starting tier 2 months later with 10/10 win will be bronze. This competitive system ridiculous.

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25 minutes ago, Hypersonic said:


Placement matches: 8/10 win, 3  POTG, 2-3 gold medal per match aaaaaaaand 1849 XD
Well done Blizzard, you develope this game so (fuuuuuu) brilliant! In my first season (8) I was almost platinum and since that with +-60% win rate I'm just going down down down and every new season start just lower than previous. I'm sure my next starting tier 2 months later with 10/10 win will be bronze. This competitive system ridiculous.

Nothing wrong with the system in your case, more likely the player.

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49 minutes ago, Weltenfeind said:

Nothing wrong with the system in your case, more likely the player.

I dont know dude.. started with 2400 and 3 seasons later with this placement stats almost bronze. I'm just not feel to worth play competitive after this and obviously I'm better player than a half year ago.

Maybe this is the reason why have a lot of people new account.

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3 hours ago, Hypersonic said:


Placement matches: 8/10 win, 3  POTG, 2-3 gold medal per match aaaaaaaand 1849 XD
Well done Blizzard, you develope this game so (fuuuuuu) brilliant! In my first season (8) I was almost platinum and since that with +-60% win rate I'm just going down down down and every new season start just lower than previous. I'm sure my next starting tier 2 months later with 10/10 win will be bronze. This competitive system ridiculous.

I'm quite sure there are threads out there, that explain this matter more in depth, but the placement matches only determine your rank based on your last season's success*. So if you finished season X with 1500 SR and you win 0/10 placement matches you may degrade back to 1000 SR, with 5/10 you stay where you were and with 10/10 wins you can get up to 2000.  Of course these are made-up numbers, but they illustrate, that the ladder has memory - a former bronze player can't get up to diamond level just by winning all his placement matches.

*It's MMR to be precise, but since it highly correlates with SR, we can assume they are equally good measurement of player performance.

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That's not how it works at all actually, last time I read about this what they do is lower your MMR straight up in every new season and thus you get relatively easy matches on placements but even if you win them all you will only be able to claw back to where you were before.

So the new season placements are mostly putting you the same place as you were before, even though you usually get better results on them than on your normal seasonal games (because of the artificially lowered MMR).

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Uhm, MMR and SR are not the same, while obviously connected, they essentially work independently. Example: A Top500 player can decay to diamond SR, but his MMR will still be equal to what the MMR is in Top500.

So to correct a bit on Seksi's post, it lowers the SR; your MMR will essentially be where you left off last season. I'm also fairly certain they changed this a while back.

Eitherway, that wasn't really my point with my some what rude post, but more that everytime people don't get the rank they think they deserve they blame everything else but themselves, despite there being obvious evidence that you can climb the ladder. So just get climbing and improve.

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7 hours ago, Seksi said:

That's not how it works at all actually, last time I read about this what they do is lower your MMR straight up in every new season and thus you get relatively easy matches on placements but even if you win them all you will only be able to claw back to where you were before.

So the new season placements are mostly putting you the same place as you were before, even though you usually get better results on them than on your normal seasonal games (because of the artificially lowered MMR).

Yeah, actually this happened, but if you did better result you why get the same placement? It's work like a joke. In my opinion if you are better, then your are so the placement will be also higher than your previous season high.

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1 hour ago, Hypersonic said:

Yeah, actually this happened, but if you did better result you why get the same placement? It's work like a joke. In my opinion if you are better, then your are so the placement will be also higher than your previous season high.

Have you actually played more than your placements? Because it seems like you're just doing your placements, and then expects the new placements to reset your MMR and SR. It does not.

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