Blizzard just laid a lot of info down for Overwatch’s upcoming Season 6. First off, each season of Competitive Play will now last for only two months instead of three, though the CP you earn will be adjusted for the shorter season.
This will mean that players will earn more CP per win. In addition to this tweak, Skill Rating will also undergo a big change, as players will now have to play only five games per week instead of the standard seven. The decay will be halved from 25 SR to 50 too.
These changes will also affect the matches themselves. Control maps in Competitive will now be a best of three instead of a best of five. There’s a lot more changes, so go watch the video above and let Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan talk yuo through it.
In a post on the Battle.net, Blizzard has also announced updates on skill tiers and how they’re calculated after a win/loss. Silver, Gold , Platinum and Diamond players, you can now be dropped into lower tiers!
Players in Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond can now drop into lower skill tiers
We’ve made some adjustments to how skill rating is calculated after a win/loss
SKILL TIER UPDATES
Players in Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond will now be moved into lower skill tiers if they cannot consistently maintain the minimum skill rating for that tier. After a loss, the game will check to see what a player’s current tier and skill rating are—if their skill rating has not exceeded the minimum for their current tier for the past five games, they will be demoted. (Players will never be demoted on a win.)
Don’t worry: Competitive Points awarded at the end of a season will still be based on the highest tier earned that season. So, for example, if you reached Platinum during Season 6, but ended the season in Gold, you will still receive a number of Competitive Points based on your Platinum ranking.
SKILL RATING UPDATES
We’ve adjusted the calculations that determine how much skill rating players will gain after a win and lose after a loss. These changes should help address some of the anomalies players have been reporting, especially with heroes that have lower win-rates. We’ll continue tuning this system and are committed to making additional adjustments so that players are encouraged to play the hero they feel gives their team the best chance to win a competitive match.
Overwatch’s Season 5 will end next week, August 28, at 5 p.m. PT, with Season 6 beginning on August 21 at 5 p.m. PT.