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Overwatch 2 Ranks: How They Work

Overwatch 2 is a highly popular online shooter by Blizzard Entertainment. In the game, you compete against other players in a 5v5 player versus player format. There are 35 different heroes you can choose from to compete, each one with different moves and abilities. It is up to the player to work out which character best suits their playstyle. Once enough online matches have been played, ranked matches will become available. The ranked system can be a bit complicated to understand at first. For that reason, I will be explaining below how exactly the ranks work in Overwatch 2.

How Ranks Work in Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 has a total of 8 ranks ranging from Bronze to Grandmaster. Your rank represents your current standing in relation to the other online players in the game. The more wins you accumulate, the more your rank will rise and the more losses you have the more it will fall. Rank placements change every 5 wins or 15 losses. In addition to the 8 main ranks, there are also skill tier divisions. Each rank has 5 divisions. All the ranks along with their divisions are listed below.

  • Bronze
    • Bronze 5
    • Bronze 4
    • Bronze 3
    • Bronze 2
    • Bronze 1
  • Silver
    • Silver 5
    • Silver 4
    • Silver 3
    • Silver 2
    • Silver 1
  • Gold
    • Gold 5
    • Gold 4
    • Gold 3
    • Gold 2
    • Gold 1
  • Platinum
    • Platinum 5
    • Platinum 4
    • Platinum 3
    • Platinum 2
    • Platinum 1
  • Diamond
    • Diamond 5
    • Diamond 4
    • Diamond 3
    • Diamond 2
    • Diamond 1
  • Master
    • Master 5
    • Master 4
    • Master 3
    • Master 2
    • Master 1
  • Grandmaster
    • Grandmaster 5
    • Grandmaster 4
    • Grandmaster 3
    • Grandmaster 2
    • Grandmaster 1

Top 500 Explained

If you are able to get enough wins and progress through all the ranks, then it is possible to reach the top 500. The top 500 is a constantly shifting list of the absolute highest ranked players in the game.

It is possible to see the top 500 leader board under the competitive card in-game. It is is updated two weeks into every season. Making it into this prestigious group is no easy feat at all, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying!

Internal Matchmaking Rating Explained (MMR)

Your MMR rating is different from your skill tier. It is a hidden rating that is used to match you with players of a similar skill level. Your performance in matches is compared to that of other players in order to determine the MMR. It isn’t directly related to your tier, so the game can still match you with players of a lower or higher tier in online matches.

For example, if you are inactive for a few weeks, your MMR can decline even if your skill tier hasn’t. Therefore, you can sometimes find that you are matched with players of a lower tier due to your invisible ranking having changed.

Ultimately, the Internal Matchmaking Rating exists to give players the fairest and most balanced experience possible. However, it isn’t something you can ever view as this would introduce bias to the system.

How Overwatch 2 Ranked Rewards Work

Rising up the ranks in Overwatch 2 will give up access to exclusive rewards. In effect, by winning enough matches you will gain Competitive Points. It is with these competitive points that you can then buy these rewards.

One major way to gain enough points is through the role queue system. By playing ranked matches in a specific role, it is possible to earn points alongside other rewards.

The other way is through the end of season rewards. The higher your rank at the end of the season, the more competitive points you will be given. Below is a list of exactly how many points you will receive based on your current rank.

  • Bronze: 65 CP
  • Silver: 125 CP
  • Gold: 250 CP
  • Platinum: 500 CP
  • Diamond: 750 CP
  • Master: 1200 CP
  • Grandmaster: 1750 CP

With 3,000 competitive points, it is possible to purchase one the most coveted rewards of all, namely the Golden Weapon skin.

Hopefully this article has cleared up how ranks work in Overwatch 2. With enough practice in Overwatch 2, you should be able to start climbing the ranks in no time!

Lastly, on the topic of online shooters, feel free to check out this article here for all the latest on Ubisoft’s upcoming FPS ‘XDefiant’.

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