Unlocked at level 25, competitive play adds a ranking system into the mix for players to establish themselves in the competitive scene. This begin with 10 matches to decide a players placement, after-which players continue to play competitive matches in order to boost their ranking. The rankings are Bronze (1-1,499), Silver (1,500-1,900), Gold (2,000-2,499), Platinum (2,500-2,900), Diamond (3,000-3,499), Master (3,500-3,900), GrandMaster (4,000+) and Top 500 – among the 500 best players of that region.
Being a relatively new game, the Overwatch leagues haven’t had the opportunity to establish themselves in the esport’s scene as much as games like CS:GO or League of Legends. However, over the year we’ve seen top teams enter the throw in professional competitions including most recent events and tournaments:
- Overwatch Contenders
- Overwatch World Cup
- Overwatch League
The Overwatch World Cup is an event held by Blizzard Entertainment and has a 4 phase qualifying system that goes from:
- Phase 1 – Announcement
- Phase 2 – Voting
- Phase 3 – Group Stage
- Phase 4 – Playoffs
At the time of writing in 2017 Overwatch World Cup is in Phase 3 of the group stage with the playoffs being held in November.
Which players are looking forward to the Overwatch World Cup? How is playing in Gyeonggi different to playing in Anaheim? Can Russia overcome the dominant South Koreans at the World Cup? These are the kind of burning questions we hope to be able to help you to answer.