Overwatch's anticipated competitive mode arrives today on PC. Things kick off with a shorter season before things enter the normal three-month rotation. Overwatch is a masterclass on representation in a big-budget shooter, even if it occasionally fumbles with the execution. While I (like everyone else) have only logged a few hours in Overwatch so far, it's already struck me as a profound new step for online competitive shooters—one that strives to engender positive feelings all around. You may feel different, and if so then you'll be glad that its previously excised competitive mode will return later today.
First, we wanted to be upfront and let players know that we won't be able to release our Competitive Play patch on all platforms at the same time. Aside from that fact that we'll be getting additional heroes sometime soon, Jeff mentioned the feedback on the mode during the beta and highlighted some of the changes that the Overwatch team has made. Another important point to make is that if you've got a favourite Hero that we've ranked low down the list, you should still play them! I've never played moba's as they look particularly annoying and stressful, but as far as I'm aware, Overwatch is a FPS through and through. There will be four season within Competitive Play, each of which will last 2.5 months.
He's fine now, still capable of one-shotting anyone but the tanks, but a good Pharah or Genji - particularly paired with a healer, as offense characters often should be - is going to be more effective. It's especially unfortunate timing at Overwatch's competitive play mode is live on PC today - assuming you can get in. It looks like some regions are having better luck than others in that regard. Note that in Competitive Play, the initial timer for all maps other than Control has been reduced from five minutes to four.
The first season of competitive play will be a little shorter: just 1.5 months instead of the planned 2.5 months. We also wanted to let players know that the first season of Competitive Play will be an abbreviated one, lasting only two months instead of the normal three. If you play Overwatch on your own for the most part though, we think this list should help you pick a Hero that's proven to have a major impact on every battlefield, with just about every possible team. Out of all the internet's dark places, competitive shooters are among the worst. As you win matches and deliver a noteworthy performance, you'll earn Competitive Points.
You can download the PTR directly from the launcher by choosing PTR: Overwatch” under the region/account dropdown menu — similar to the PTR and beta realms for WoW. Many a highlight reel features the Overwatch 'boop' - sending most or all of a team flying off a ledge - or Lúcio surviving a similar fate with clever, repeated wall-runs. In the meantime, stay tuned to (or follow us on Twitter ) for all the latest patch news and updates. Now in competitive mode, there is some REAL toxicity going on, but I can't blame them since obviously competitive is more score-oriented.