Welcome to Season 35 of Competitive Play

Welcome to the penultimate competitive season before Overwatch 2!

Season 35 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.

GETTING STARTED

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.

COMPETITIVE REWARDS

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

TOP 500 LEADERBOARDS

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 35 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 36 Sept 1, 2022
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Hey welcome everyone to the new season!

I’m going to be grinding for that Reinhardt shield icon!

To Jodie: would you know if there’s any chance of the overwatch League replay viewer once again being made available to the public?

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See you all on the battlefield. I’m sorry in advance for locking Lucio. My profiles remain public so you can judge my winrates lol

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So is season 36 just gonna be half OW1 and half OW2?

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Do you think I can reach 5000 SR?

Why are we still playing a different (official) game than OWL? The producers seem to flip flop on whether players are supposed to mirror or emulate the Esports portion of the game. It’s pretty absurd to watch OWL and then compete in ladder when the games are very very different, imo.

When I say mirror, I mean root gameplay like 5v5, and meta hero pickrates. Im not saying players are supposed to copycat it exactly, but on a historical and fundamental level, players follow the pros. Has there been any other time where the OWL and ladder were significantly different for three seasons in a row?

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That’s true for other competitive games, but it’s not even remotely true for Overwatch. I would say that almost nobody cares what game OWL players are playing.

OWL has always been a completely different game compared to what 99% of OW players play casually, which is why there is such little interest in OWL from the general playerbase. OW gameplay/heroes/etc are designed around extreme team dependence and constant team coordination every single second, which is almost impossible in online play. Hence OWL gameplay looks nothing like what people normally play.

Yea great another garbage useless season that means nothing just like the last 30 seasons and the future ones.

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Can you?

Yes….

Will you?

Probabilistically…. NOmegalul…. :sweat_smile:

Does anything even mean anything?

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Season 35 SR (role) is broken. You don’t get anything for winning but it’ll subtract SR for a loss.

Welcome to the new season, same as the old season.

Then your MMR is lower than your current SR. I’m gaining more for wins than losses