Sometimes (not sure what triggeres it), I see this icon next to my level (instead of the purple rank).

What does it mean?

White/Yellow Icon next to level

  • I've never seen an actual number next to my own level. Are you sure you have?
    – Wrigglenite
    Jul 3 '16 at 12:26
  • @DanmakuGrazer I can confirm that I sometimes see the yellow icon and sometimes see the level (in purple). No idea what causes which to appear tough. It might be related to whether you are in a group or not.
    – Nijin22
    Jul 3 '16 at 12:48

This a top 500 player icon. That came in the Competitive Play update of Overwatch.

You can check this in Overwatch's blog post of the Competitive Play under the section "Rewards".

The Top 500 icon was confirmed by Blizzard in the Twitter and it was told that a visual bug was recently happening in a thread on the Overwatch forum and in a twitter post (linked in the thread).

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    Is it only for top 500? Because I would see it next to my level while I was in placement matches. Probably a bug, but it happens.
    – GarrettJ
    Jul 3 '16 at 17:53
  • Hm... Good question. I assumed that since it was the same icon, it would mean the same thing, but it could be the generic icon of the Competitive Play. Should I delete the answer?
    – Luk3
    Jul 3 '16 at 17:56
  • I found more information about this, updating the answer...
    – Luk3
    Jul 3 '16 at 18:00
  • I think that bug theory is probably the most plausible. There is no way I'm in the Top 500 players. When it's fixed as a Bug in a future patch, we will be sure and I'll accept the answer as confirmed.
    – F.P
    Jul 4 '16 at 7:15

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