Overwatch Season 4 has just come to a close, with Season 5 set to start on May 31 at 5PM PDT (June 1, 10am AEST).
Overwatch players will certainly have switched their attention back to Competitive Play as the fourth season winds down and finishes on May 28 at 8pm EST (10am AEST on May 29). This was confirmed on the Battle.net forums.
Principal designer, Scott Mercer, said the off-season between seasons will be “shorter than usual”, which explains the two-day turnaround, much shorter than the typically 7-day turnaround between previous seasons.
We know that the CP rewards will be the same based off of what we received in Season 2-4.
Season 5 rewards
- SR 1-1499 (Bronze): 100 CP
- SR 1500-1999 (Silver): 200 CP
- SR 2000-2499 (Gold): 400 CP
- SR 2500-2999 (Platinum): 800 CP
- SR 3000-3499 (Diamond): 1200 CP
- SR 3500-3999 (Master): 2000 CP
- SR 4000-5000 (Grandmaster): 3000 CP
You’ll start things off with 10 placement matches, however this appears unlikely to determine your skill bracket, as your Matchmaking Ranking will carry over from previous seasons. That means that if you’re a Silver in the 1800 range, your ranking won’t change too much, regardless of your performance in the placement matches.
The higher you place in Competitive Play matches, the more Competitive Points you’ll earn.
These point can then be used to purchase Golden Weapons, sprays and icons, which act as sort of bragging rights for players who wield them.
The past few competitive seasons have seen some important changes implemented, including changes to tie breaks, and the benchmark players need to meet in order to receive special loot.
Previously, players simply had to hit the top 500 in order to receive a special spray. The game now requires players stay within that rank for the duration of the season until its conclusion.
Skill rating decay has also had major implications on the CP experience. The higher your skill rank, the more games you need to play each week in order to maintain your ranking.
Diamond, Master and Grandmaster players (3000-5000 SR) for example need to play at least 7 games a week in order to avoid SR decay.
Competitive Play Rewards
If you crack into and maintain a position in the top 500 on your platform, you’ll earn some Numbani-themed gifts.