Welcome to Season 33 of Competitive Play

Welcome to Season 33 of Competitive Play

Season 33 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 33 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!

As a reminder, new seasons begin on the first Thursday of every other month. We’ve included a projected 2022 calendar of season start dates below!

Start Date (PDT)
Season 34 May 5, 2022
Season 35 July 7, 2022

Same day as OWL start date, surely we will get the OW2 beta that day too :COPIUM:


I just sat in queue for 30 mins with flex before I realised I wasn’t getting a game because I was queueing when the season ended :rofl:


thank you for this! absolute gold laughs!

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I know you have little to no say to this but can we scrap dumping over 30 seasons into one place? We should get a new formatting for them like “Year 6 Season 1” or something similar to this.


It’s sad this is the only concent we get.
Plus seasons are completely useless because the meta is almost same for the last 2 years.

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Calling this “content” is a colossal stretch.


“Welcome to season 33, same exact problems as 2 years ago but we like to say seasons as if we were a live game.”


Well to be fair saying Season 33 has a much better ring to it than saying Year 3 of Season 30


seriously what do blizzard community managers do, no updates not advertising no Q&A just copy and paste same message every couple of weeks. The fact that this passes as suitable communication with the community is appalling


Don’t forget to greet all the aimbotters, people buying fresh account because it’s fun to destroy low rank comp and also people that just don’t care anymore because there’s never been any kind of reason to care.


Nice looks like I’ll be placing bottom500 again even if I stomp T500 stacks. Nothing like 18 minute queues for 4 minute games for pbsr and sr progress you can’t even record (because it’s bottom500).

It’s been 5 years since the live-service esport “you get what you pay for” was in a respectable place (minus alts and rigging).

Can you guys maybe show up for work this season w.r.t. placement functionality, ladder integrity, removal of rigging and cheaters and burner accounts. You know the basic live-service stuff beyond making sure the servers are up and people can install/login. Just comment out the trash lines of code put there by Scott before he went MIA and call it a morning.


I am sorry to say this but nobody in the world cares. Literally. Just drop some info, you said you are aware of the situation with the community but this lack of content and communication over YEARS is just sad.

I really do not understand how communication isn’t your first priority. For a multi-BILLION company this is unacceptable, of course you need to focus on the game but with how little you seem to care about the community I’m not surprised it will be just a glorified cash grab

Bad management has ruined most of the trust and love your MILLIONS of fans have for your game.


Bruh!! I’ve literally been there before!!

yet another season full of smurfs. wheeee. the worst are the new accounts grouped with established accounts to exploit the matchmaker.

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With all the smurfs, leavers, and throwers, there’s little to no competitive integrity left in the mode.

The mode is more like a slot machine than anything. Put in your time and pray the RNG is in your favor.


You realize that Jodie isn’t a official dev, right? She’s a forums community manager. I’m pretty sure she’s only allowed to drop news when she has the info and permission to do so.

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lets be real, you cant beat t500 stacks, ive seen your game play.


Not this…

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Can’t wait to ruin my mental health again by playing over 80 hours of this season.

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