Welcome to Season 26 of Competitive Play

Welcome to Season 26 of Competitive Play

Season 26 of Competitive Play is here!

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.


Before you can kick off your competitive career, every player will be required to complete five placement matches in a selected role to obtain their seasonal skill rating for that role. Within the standard Role Queue competitive mode, players will earn separate skill ratings (SR) for each role in Competitive Play, for a total of three distinct SRs. 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 per role based on their rating—Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, or Grandmaster – and climbing into the next tier is possible as you improve. Open Queue will utilize the same rating and tier system, but since there is no Role Queue system, you will have a separate, single SR reflective of your performance across all heroes within this game mode.

Skill ratings and tier icons will be visible at the beginning of every match. As you compete, your selected role or Open Queue skill 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.

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.


In addition to experiencing the thrill of victory, players can also unlock unique rewards through Competitive Play. Anyone who completes their placement matches in any role or Open Queue during a Competitive Season will receive a special spray and player icon.

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 Competitive Points based on the highest Skill Tier you obtained during the season per role to spend on golden versions of your favorite heroes’ weapons. This also applies to your highest Skill Tier reached within the Open Queue.

Here’s the Skill Rating (SR) to Competitive Point (CP) breakdown:

Per Role Open Queue Max Total
Bronze 25 65 140
Silver 50 125 275
Gold 100 250 550
Platinum 200 500 1100
Diamond 300 750 1650
Master 450 1200 2550
Grandmaster 650 1750 3700


The best of the best players compete across five separate Top 500 Leaderboards. Within Role Queue, one for each role, along with an additional combined average leaderboard. The combined Role Queue Top 500 Leaderboard will be based on the player’s average skill rating across all three roles. To be eligible for a role-specific leaderboard, players must complete at least 25 games in that role. To qualify for the combined Top 500 Leaderboard, players must be eligible for all three role-specific leaderboards. Open Queue will have its own Leaderboard that will require at least 50 games played within the game mode for qualification. At the end of the season, players who earn a spot within the Top 500 players for any of these leaderboards on their platform and region will receive an additional player icon and animated spray.

Season 26 is live RIGHT NOW on Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, so power up your favorite gaming machine and join the fight. We’ll see you in-game!


No MMR reset for off roles? Cool. Another season gonna be ruined by your cool Flex Que Idea!


Pretty sure people will be placed in the MMR they play at in each role. That’s kind of the point.


hahaha no they dont young one

i get placed in the same MMR as my main role because blizzards off role system is bad and doesnt work since the implementation of role q :slight_smile:



Welcome to Season 26 of SMURF WATCH.


5 for 5 wins on support and only placed 1827sr wtf is this? i feel short changed

What did you expect? GM? The game will always place you close to where you ended last season. Which is why many players call the placements pointless.


You won five games against silver teams. So you’re high silver.


Why can’t you do some real Balance changes like bastion, sombra

Why do I get dva hog tanks every single game I don’t mean figuratively I mean 90% of games dva hog are the tanks no rein no orisa no sigma or zarya just dva hog into a rien or orisa and often a sigma wtf is this garbage match making

Welcome to smurfwatch, were derankers, smurfs and throwers go unpunished


bruh you’re acting like the game isn’t full of smurfs


I lost 700 SR because I stop getting enthused to play my main, so now I’m a smurf.

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welcome to another season of being told what number season we’re on because there’s no difference in seasons and most people will end this season at the same rank they started even if they dont play any games at all

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They use comparative statistics. P sure they just look at your stats on the heroes in each role and place you on the ladder where you average out amongst those playing the same heroes as you, plus probably a bunch of other black magic.

Lately I’ve had some really sus lobbies & matchmaking because data gods really don’t like me right now, but that is another topic & not related to your mmr, but rather your inferred identity across multiple big data / social media platforms, workout & financial analytics etc. They rate you as a human being as much as a player. What do you think endorsement level is. Your social score. The in game votes you get are curated as much as given by other players & your level hardly has anything to do with what you actually do in game judging by my own experience. I haven’t changed my behaviour in game but since certain real world / other social media incidents I’ve gone down from 4 to 1.

Your necro made me think they deleted season 27 again :upside_down_face:

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We couldn’t get that lucky