Overwatch 2 Rank Distribution: What We Know

Overwatch 2 Rank Distribution: What We Know
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Written by 

Dave McAdam


10th Jan 2023 11:51

Overwatch 2 rank distribution is the spread of players among the various ranks. Overwatch 2 has made some changes to how ranked play works from the original game, but the system will not be unfamiliar to returning fans. Rank distribution is an important factor, as it is the best indicator of whether or not the ranked system is working as intended. Here is everything we know about Overwatch 2 rank distribution.

Overwatch 2 Rank Distribution: How Ranking Works

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The Overwatch 2 ranked system is fairly straightforward. Before you can play in a ranked Competitive playlist, you have to have done one of two things. First, if you owned the original Overwatch, then you can jump into Competitive straight away. If you did not and are starting fresh with Overwatch 2, then you need to win fifty Quick Play matches. Note that does not say to play fifty, you need to win fifty matches.

There are two playlists in ranked play, Role Queue and Open Queue. Role Queue locks you into a single role, either Damage, Tank, or Support. In this mode, teams are strictly locked to have one Tank character, two Damage characters, and two Supports. In Open Queue, all players are free to choose whichever hero they like, there are no limits.

Both playlists have their own ranks to earn, they use identical systems, just separate from each other. The game has the ranks you might expect, starting from Bronze, you can work your way up through Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, and Grandmaster.

To get your rank, you either need to win seven matches or lose twenty. When either happens, the game will then give you your rank based on your performance. This system continues, and each time you either win seven matches or lose twenty, your rank will be updated.

Overwatch 2 Rank Distribution: Distribution Information

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The distribution of players among the ranks is an important piece of information for the developers, crucial for knowing if the system is working or not. While that kind of information is publicly available for many games, unfortunately, we do not have that info for Overwatch 2. Blizzard has not been forthcoming with the specifics behind ranks, so we cannot say for sure where most players are.

The last time the rank distribution was made public was for the original Overwatch back in 2018. That reveal showed a healthy spread of players among the ranks, the highest number being in Gold, with the numbers in Silver and Platinum close behind. According to Blizzard, the plan with Overwatch 2 was to have players rank slightly lower than they were in the original game, so it stands to reason that the average rank distribution is also lower.

Until Blizzard releases the information, we cannot say for sure what the current rank distribution is. Hopefully, that info is made public at some stage, and we can see just where we all stand in the rankings.

That is everything we have on Overwatch 2 rank distribution. For more on the game, check out our Overwatch 2 player count 2023 guide.

Dave is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon, after several years of freelancing across the industry. He covers a wide range of games, with particular focus on shooters like Destiny 2, RPGs like Baldur's Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, and fighting games like Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8.

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