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Blizzard Admits Overwatch 2 Ranked System Is Broken

Abhimannu Das
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Changes will be made to the Overwatch 2 Competitive system in the future.
Players are losing too many ranks after the new ranked reset.
Some Master players claimed that they have been dropped all the way to Platinum.

A lot of players have been complaining about the broken Competitive system that is yet to be fixed in Overwatch 2. Since launch, players noticed that there are inconsistencies in the ranked system. Since the release of Overwatch 1, the game has consistently placed players very close to their final rank at the end of the season. But the system has been modified in Season 1 of Overwatch 2 and things have been problematic since then.

Improvements will come to Overwatch 2’s Competitive mode

One of the biggest problems with Overwatch 2’s ranked reset is that it is throwing players several ranks below their final rank from Season 1. When the game launched, many high-ranked players in Overwatch 1 were being placed in significantly lower ranks despite performing well. That issue was addressed early in Season 1 but the ranked reset has opened up yet another can of worms that Blizzard Entertainment needs to address.

Some players have dropped from Masters to Platinum which should not be the case. A player said on Reddit, “If they’re intentionally adding a grind every season I might just end up quitting comp, to be honest. There’s just no point if I have to spend like 60 games per role to get back to where I was.” 

Players are yet to figure out how the system works in Overwatch 2 but forcing players to climb several ranks every season not only makes the game feel grindy but it also ruins the matchmaking for lower ranked players.

Blizzard Entertainment has acknowledged the issue stating that at the end of every season, your final rank will be based on any matches played since your last rank update. End-of-season competitive rewards are based on your final rank.

Rank decay is applied to all roles and over the course of a season, players should climb back to ranks that represent their skill level. The developers said that the systems need to be better and they will be addressing these issues and other parts of the system in the future.


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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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