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Overwatch players can be demoted in rank based on skill rating in Season 6

Overwatch players can be demoted a rank via skill rating starting in Season 6
Starting in Season 6, Overwatch players can be demoted based on skill rating. Photo courtesy of Blizzard.

After the release of pretty significant changes to the upcoming competitive season of Overwatch, community manager Stephanie “Lylirra” Johnson posted further updates Wednesday on the game’s official forums, which include rank demotion based on skill rating.

According to the update, players ranked in Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond are now subject to dropping into lower skill tiers. The new system will check the player’s skill rating after a competitive game loss, and if it has not exceeded the minimum for their current tier for the past five games, they will be demoted.

It’s important to note that players cannot be demoted on a win, and Competitive Points — a third type of currency awarded to players based on skill ratings, which can be used to unlock golden weapon skins for heroes — awarded at the end of a season will still be based on the highest tier during the season.

To further contextualize the general increase of skill rating points per win that was described Tuesday, Lylirra wrote that there have been adjustments to skill rating calculations. The changes are designed to deal with the abnormality of gains and losses on heroes with lower win-rates. Further changes will be churned out as needed, so that players aren’t pigeonholed into playing certain heroes to get the most possible amount of Skill Rating points.

Overwatch’s fifth competitive season comes to an end at 8 p.m. Monday, and the sixth season starts at 8 p.m. next Thursday.

Cover photo courtesy of Blizzard


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