After I skipped from Bronze 5 to Bronze 2, I went Silver 3 > Gold 4 > Gold 1 in subsequent updates. I think I only dropped 5 games total, so still around 80% WR. (I am not Plat 5, with around ~70% WR.
I want to iterate my post and experience was the anomaly of not promoting out of Bronze 5 with a ridiculous WR. Blizz fixed it in the patch mentioned below.
For those stuck climbing - this is a slog of a system. Ignoring any stat related mechanics - YOU MUST WIN MORE THAN YOU LOSE.
IF your expectation is to climb each update outside of Bronze 5, you need to either go 7/0 or 7/1 to ensure that. It’s not that simple, but you need to set that expectation for yourself. It’s not even a sure thing, as you might land JUST under the next SR Tier Number.
If you are in Bronze 5 - you need to do the above 5 times over. Set that expectation. It’s not fair. I know. But take that mindset to help curb getting tilted each promotion update.
Outside of that - best stat to focus on…DEATHS. Don’t Die. It’s not easy but you need to focus on that. Play your life. Know where health packs are. Don’t rely on your healers to live, and healers know where to position to survive. Healers especially - know how to 1v1 to kill or stall for help.
Advice I am giving friends - play this game like Paintball. Use every wall, payload, chair, sign, WHATEVER to protect your sides. Use corners to peak and shoot then cover to not take damage.
Good luck everyone.
WE DID IT - BLIZZARD HEARD US!
I do believe the key issue revolved around this:
They have now made it identify performance (WR) in the first set and skip before you have to hit the hidden SR of 1100.
Even if they aren’t being specific, I do think they are addressing Bronze 5 as the “Rank”.
CONFIRMED THIS WAS BRONZE 5:
The language used is intentional so they don’t admit that SR is hidden and B5 has a deep SR pool.
By all means I need to say this - THANK YOU BLIZZARD FOR FIXING THIS SWIFTLY. Feels good to look forward to a weekend of climbing.
To all those players out there who were stuck - this should be some vindication! Hopefully this will create a better competitive atmosphere all around.
I AM FINALLY OUT.
28 wins, 80% WR. Skipped to Bronze 2.
Here is what is likely happening and why this is flawed for Bronze 5 only:
SR is still in place but hidden.
Due to the MMR (SR) “soft” reset - accounts that were decaying or in Bronze/Silver got placed at the bottom of the SR number. Many have speculated this was simply a reduction in SR near the 1000 number. THIS IS A KEY ISSUE
Here is what OW1 SR Tiers were:
- Bronze: 1-1499 SR
- Silver: 1500 – 1999 SR
- Gold: 2000 – 2499 SR
- Platinum: 2500 – 2999 SR
- Diamond: 3000 – 3499 SR
- Master: 3500 – 3999 SR
- Grandmaster: 4000+ SR
- Top 500: Top 500 players in region, regardless of rank.
In OW 2 - those are now broken down (and HIDDEN) as follows:
- Bronze 5 - 0-1100 SR
- Bronze 4 - 1101 -1200 SR
- Bronze 3 - 1201-1300 SR
- Bronze 2 - 1301 - 1400 SR
- ETC. Each tier is another 100SR
Notice how Bronze 5 has a deep SR Range?
What is happening is you HAVE to get to 1100 SR to be considered for promotion. Only THEN will you rank up OR skip tiers.
7 Wins (no losses) = 350 SR (likely close to this number, based on me skipping and winning 7 straight.)
It would require nearly 3 updates to hit 1100 without losing. (losing drops the SR)
This is DEEPLY flawed for the start of the games first season as the reset squished good players into this tier. It’s forced them to grind out pure wins and nothing else to escape.
The biggest issue and impact IMO is that players who are new or Bronze in OW1 are getting stomped on (borderline smurfed on).
They are forced to feed wins to the climbing players until they are all out.
What a way to ruin the psyche of these players.
Keep grinding everyone. YOU GOT THIS.
I’ll update how my ranks go each 7 wins here. I suspect with 80% WR that I will start skipping (as each Tier is 100SR from here out) even more if I keep winning.
Special shoutout to all the commenters trying to ruin the pysche of people stuck in B5 by saying they “aren’t playing good enough” and having a “crazy Win Rate doesn’t matter.”