Competitive Play

Oops! Overwatch’s new toxic-player bans hit non-toxic players by accident Five days ago, we reported on Overwatch and the new Competitive Play ban coming to help deal with toxic players and rage quitting. Unfortunately, just as the course of true love never runs smooth, it also rarely goes without bugs when you introduce something new to a game. A new bug has been detected with the...

Permanent competitive play bans coming to Overwatch We’ve been hearing about Overwatch and the dev team’s desire to curb toxic behavior for a while now. Blizzard has announced that the next step in that process is coming soon — permanent bans for Competitive Play. The incoming system will work with seasonal bans for leaving, or being kicked from a match repeatedly and earning...




Overwatch hero playtime shows interesting stat lists In a thread on the Overwatch forums, a couple players posted about team comps and how there always seem to be a Hanzo and Widowmaker in every match. These two heroes have a bit of a reputation for being easy picks for unskilled players — Hanzo’s reputation is so great that it was the inspiration...

Competitive Lúcioball hotfix coming soon Lúcioball just came back again with this year’s Summer Games, but it seems there was a bug that prevented some players from queuing with their friends. Normal Competitive grouping restrictions were accidentally being applied to new competitive version Copa Lúcioball. Players who had different Competitive rankings in regular Competitive mode weren’t able to queue up...

Overwatch player Dafran banned due to sportsmanship rules If you have any ambitions towards being a professional Overwatch player, it’s probably best not to stream yourself breaking the rules. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what pro player Daniel Francesca (aka Dafran) has been doing. From deliberately throwing games to streaming explicit dating simulators to encouraging his viewers to participate in similar behavior, Francesca ran the...

Kaplan on discouraging bad players from Overwatch participation There are some new policies in the works for Overwatch, addressing players that habitually leave matches. A player on the Overwatch forums noted that some games include red labels over players that indicate those players leave matches, and suggested Overwatch incorporate the same thing. Jeff Kaplan replied, and while he noted they would take that...




Overwatch Competitive Play Season 5 starts tonight The 4th Competitive Season of Overwatch just ended on Sunday, but we’re rolling it over to Season 5 sooner than you may think. Today — yes, today — you can begin playing out your placement matches for the 5th season of Blizzard’s popular first person shooter. They have this thing planned down to the minute,...

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Overwatch Season 3 brings skill rating changes Just in time for the holiday season, season 3 of competitive play in Overwatch has begun. What does that entail? For starters, the way skill rating in Overwatch was calculated for Season 2 ended up with a lot more people in the Gold and Platinum tiers than they initially expected, which led to a lot...



Breakfast Topic: How deep into Overwatch do you go? Yesterday Blizzard Game Dev Jeff Kaplan gave an overview of the improvements coming to the upcoming competitive season of Overwatch. So far those changes are focused on how players skill rating is determined and how they are matched up with other players of similar skill. There was also mention to how different maps timers are...

Overwatch goes Mobawatch in this week’s brawl This week’s Overwatch brawl forces you to choose, and choose wisely. In Mobawatch brawl mode, you can only have one of each hero per team, but there’s a trick — Overwatch’s somewhat frantic hero-switching is turned off. Whatever hero you pick at the beginning of the match is the hero you must play throughout the...

Ana and the latest Overwatch patch now on the PTR Overwatch only just announced its new support sniper Ana, but the character is already playable on the PTR. In addition, the latest patch introduces a number of balance changes and bug fixes. The most notable change is the removal of “hero stacking” from competitive play — that is, only one of each hero is allowed...

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Latest Overwatch patch addresses Competitive Play issues A new patch for Overwatch was released yesterday for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The patch — most of which is PC-only for now — has a few bug fixes, but mainly addresses some of the issues players have been experiencing with Competitive Play. Players should no longer automatically receive a loss or...

Overwatch Competitive Play patch going live today Though it’s not live as of this writing, Overwatch community manager Lylirra says that the Competitive Play patch will be live for PC players tonight. (And if you aren’t sure what this Competitive Play nonsense is, Jeff Kaplan gave a rundown on the system about a week ago.) The summer competition season will be a short...

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Breakfast Topic: One month Overwatch check up Overwatch launched on May 24th and most of the Blizzard Watch crew has been obsessed with why they haven’t received the Play of the Game, who is going to be the next hero, and why Matticus won’t group with any of us.

Overwatch PTR now available for download Players looking forward to the new Competitive Play feature for Overwatch can now experience it first hand. Overwatch has released a PTR for the title, accessible to anyone with an Overwatch game license for Windows PC in good standing — in other words, no suspensions or bans. You can download the PTR directly from the...

Overwatch’s Jeff Kaplan discusses Competitive Play in latest Developer Update If you’re an Overwatch player and you played in the beta, you probably remember the brief glimpse we got of Competitive Play, which was removed for reworking prior to Overwatch‘s release in May. Now in a new Developer Update Jeff Kaplan has details on exactly what updates they’ve made to Competitive Play, as well as...