Overwatch 2 Ranked System Explained
The Overwatch 2 ranked system has gotten an overhaul. The skill rating system from the original game is gone and has been replaced by a new ranked system. The new system changes player ranks based on several games instead of individual gains and losses per game. Overwatch 2’s ranked system makes the competitive mode more accessible for new players and more forgiving of losses. Ranked match victories depend on the number of points you earn in each round. The team with more points, so they tend to go on longer than regular matches. Here is everything you need to know about the ranked system in Overwatch 2.
Overwatch 2 Competitive ranked structure
Overwatch 2 now has two ranked modes, one for Role Queue and one for Open Queue. If you have not previously owned Overwatch, you’ll need to win 50 games to queue up for either of the queues. If you play the Open Queue, you’re not locked into a specific team composition and you have a single rank for this queue. However, for Role Queue you and your team are locked into a comp of one tank, two damage heroes, and two support heroes. You’ll have individual ranks for each role in Role Queue.
At the start of the competitive season, you’ll have to get 7 wins or 20 losses to get your starting rank. After you get your base rank, you can rank up with 7 wins or derank with 20 losses, whichever comes first. When you rank up after 7 wins, depending on your performance, you may end up skipping a number of ranks and get a higher placement. This is different than the older SR system where you could only rank up in a linear manner. There are a total of 7 ranked medals you can get in Overwatch 2, starting from Bronze and ending with Grandmaster. Each tier has 5 sub divisions starting from 5 all the way up to 1. The ranks break down like this:
After you win 7 games in Bronze 1 you’ll rank up to Silver 5 and so on. Every two weeks, the Top 500 ranked leaderboards will be updated and a rank icon will be available. If the season has a new hero, they will also be available to play. Usually, the top 500 players are ranked Master and above. However, getting placed in the top 500 requires players to play atleast 25 matches in Role Queue or 50 matches in Open Queue.
If you take a long break from ranked, your MMR (matchmaking rating) will slowly decay and place you in relatively easier games to help brush up on your mechanics.
Overwatch 2 Ranked Rewards
Overwatch 2’s ranked rewards consist of competitive points which you can use to buy golden weapons for heroes. Each golden weapon upgrade costs 3,000 CP. You’ll also be able to get titles to put on your name card each season. For every game you win you'll get 15 competitive points, and for every draw you get five. At the end of the season you’ll get certain competitive points for each rank:
Diamond: 750, Diamond Challenger
Master: 1,200, Master Challenger
Grandmaster: 1,750, Grandmaster Challenger
Top 500: 1,750, Top 500 Challenger
Here are the titles for completing a certain number of ranked games:
250 games: Adept Competitor
750 games: Seasoned Competitor
1,750 games: Expert Competitor