How does ranking work? I have played Overwatch a lot i'm but new to Competitive Overwatch, currently im ranked 4,000, is being rank 100 good or being 5,000 good?

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    Also, new to comp. Overwatch, but already rank 4000? What are you, a pro Genji?
    – Kaizerwolf
    Sep 6 '16 at 19:54

In the new Season 2 meta, the ranking system has changed. Whereas it used to be ranked on a 1-100 scale, with wins and losses contributing to fractions of a point, the system has changed for season 2.

Now, rankings are on a scale of 1-5000, allowing for greater representation of skill level. The higher the number, the greater a players represented skill level. Additionally, wins and losses contribute whole number points. Players are rewarded "Icons" on their profile (placed instead of their profile number-ranking during ranked games), after reaching intervals on the 1-5000 scale. Once these rankings have been achieved, your number can drop below the ranking threshold, but you will still retain the same "Rank". A scale can be seen here:


  • Do we know if there's any individual performance component? Last season it seemed 100% wins/losses.
    – DCShannon
    Sep 6 '16 at 21:44
  • @DCShannon This time around, ties are a possibility. I'm not sure how these affect your rating (I haven't played Season 2 quite yet) but I imagine it does not affect your rank.
    – Kaizerwolf
    Sep 6 '16 at 21:46
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    @DCShannon In both season 1 and 2, individual performance played a part in determining rating. People who always played together could end up with different ratings, with usually the supports ranking lower than the tanks or DPS classes.
    – Wrigglenite
    Sep 6 '16 at 21:53
  • @DanmakuGrazer This was addressed by Blizzard, and performance from certain supports has been adjusted to match what a DPS or Tank might get.
    – Kaizerwolf
    Sep 6 '16 at 22:15
  • @Kaizerwolf I'm afraid that doesn't match up with what's been observed so far.
    – Wrigglenite
    Sep 6 '16 at 22:28

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