Do you are feeling like your Overwatch 2 aggressive rating is not fairly appropriately? Are you being matched towards gamers far above, or under, your ability? Do you actually and really consider, someplace behind your thoughts, that Overwatch 2 is jerking you round? When issues do not go our manner, it is simple to assume that we’re being hosed by Elo shenanigans or damaged SBMM. However for some gamers in Overwatch 2, properly, it seems that the conspiracy was actual.
The Overwatch 2 patch notes (opens in new tab) launched yesterday, November 17, reveal the unusual fact: “Resolved a difficulty the place some gamers might be caught in Bronze 5 even after a number of rank updates.”
Overwatch 2 aggressive rankings are divided into seven medals—Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Grasp, and Grandmaster—that are additional damaged down in numerical divisions, from 5 to 1. Win video games and your rank goes up; lose them, and your rank goes down. That a part of it’s fairly easy, though you possibly can dive into our rationalization of how Overwatch 2 ranks work in aggressive (opens in new tab) if you would like a extra detailed breakdown.
In that rating system, Bronze 5 is absolutely the backside of the barrel. I imply no disrespect to anybody—I am a horrible on-line shooter participant myself—however Bronze 5 is a rank that the overwhelming majority of gamers will go away behind shortly. Have a look at it this fashion: Even for those who exclude the Grasp and Grandmaster ranks, the median Overwatch 2 rating is Gold 3. That is your chilly, onerous, center of the highway, and the numbers again it up: In 2018, former Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan revealed that 32% of Overwatch gamers ranked Gold (opens in new tab), bracketed by 21% Silver and 25% Platinum. Solely 8% languished in Bronze, a smaller quantity than the a lot increased Diamond rank, which accounted for 10% of gamers.
From a distance, being caught on the backside of the underside is sort of humorous. But it surely’s additionally undoubtedly irritating for the gamers trapped in that place. For one factor, they’re most likely pulling their hair out making an attempt to determine why the hell they cannot get out of that silly sub-basement rank. Extra importantly, Overwatch 2 gamers on Reddit confirmed that the bug wasn’t simply visible, however did in reality influence MMR rankings, which throws SBMM for a loop by pitting legitimately low-ranked gamers towards those that belong in a lot increased ranks—with predictable outcomes.
“I have been caught in Bronze 5 within the lowest high quality video games ever,” Illuminaso (opens in new tab) wrote. “It is a full seize bag. Some gamers belong in Bronze 5. A few of them are reputable Grandmaster. It is not possible to inform. MMR simply does not appear to exist.”
“It’s positively their MMR too,” Enable_Duck_Protocol (opens in new tab) added. “For some time each sport in Bronze 5 was both your group steamrolling the enemy or your group getting steamrolled.”
“Sorry, that is simply actually aggravating,” SeeOurTea (opens in new tab) wrote. “I noticed a bunch of individuals over the previous month complaining about being caught in Bronze 5, even after profitable 7 video games in a row, or no less than profitable the overwhelming majority of their video games. And folks’s response to it was that the particular person simply wanted to get good, they have been getting carried, and many others… Which most likely made these individuals really feel discouraged like they actually have been unhealthy on the sport, just for this data to come back out AFTER the very fact.”
The bug repair means gamers can rank up and out of Bronze 5 correctly, nevertheless it will not mechanically enhance them to their correct ranks, so there’ll presumably nonetheless be a little bit of chaos whereas the rankings type themselves out. Blizzard did not say how many individuals have been impacted by the bug, or if it is in any manner associated to the October difficulty that noticed gamers slotted into decrease aggressive ranks than they need to have been (opens in new tab). I’ve reached out to ask, and can replace if I obtain a reply.