Overwatch is gearing up its sixth competitive season after just as a contentious fifth season winds down. After listening to players' complaints, Overwatch's Jeff Kaplan laid out some incremental changes to the new competitive season that tackle some of the complaints players had about the current season.
For starters, the competitive season will be shorter this time around going from three months to two. Kaplan said that Blizzard tried three month seasons, and tested one month seasons during the beta, which testers complained was too short. So using the Goldilocks principle, Blizzard is now opting for the middle option to see if it's just right. Blizzard is also tinkering with competitive points so that players will earn about the same amount during a shorter season.
Other changes include:
- Fixes to Skill Rating decay which "will be less punitive." You'll only have to play five matches per week if you're at Diamond and above, and decays will charge 25 SR rather than 50.
- Control maps are also being changed from best of three instead of best of five, which Kaplan said will hopefully make losses "sting less" thanks to the lowered time commitments of each Control map.
- One of the bigger changes is in regards to Placement matches which will give more accurate skill ratings. Last season, placement matches ranked players lower than their supposed SR so that they could climb more ranks during the season. This backfired with some players who felt that it was unnecessary and demoralizing.
- Lastly, higher tiered matches are supposedly more balanced, but with slightly longer queue times that Kaplan hopes most players won't notice.
So there you have it. The new competitive season starts August 31 while season five will end on August 28 at 5PM PT. Hopefully these changes will help, and if not we can't wait for the changes in season seven!