Overwatch PTR Patch Makes the Game Much Better

By   /   Aug 18, 2016
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Blizzard has released a new Overwatch PTR Patch that makes many improvements to the game. Overall, Overwatch is now a much better experience.

The PTR Patch is packed with Hero balances and competitive changes. Players will now be assigned to a tier, depending on their skill rating. Meanwhile, Skill rating is now measured on a 1-5000 scale instead of the former 1-100 scale.

Overwatch PTR Patch

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  • Skill rating is now measured on a 1-5000 scale instead of the former 1-100 scale
  • Skill Rating Tiers
    Players will now be assigned to a tier, depending on their skill rating
  • Bronze – 1-1499
  • Silver – 1500-1999
  • Gold – 2000-2499
  • Platinum – 2500-2999
  • Diamond – 3000-3499
  • Master – 3500-3999
  • Grandmaster – 4000-5000
  • In Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond tiers, a player will not drop out of their tier even if their skill rating falls below the cutoff
  • In Master and Grandmaster tiers, a player whose skill rating falls below the tier’s minimum

Skill Rating Decay

  • Players in Diamond, Master, and Grandmaster tiers that haven’t participated in a competitive match for 7 days will lose skill rating
  • Players with a skill rating above 3000 (Diamond tier or higher) will lose 50 rating points every 24 hours, but their rating will not fall below 3000
  • Competing in a single match will halt skill rating decay
  • Players that haven’t participated in a competitive match for 7 days will immediately drop out of the top 500

Map Changes

  • Several refinements have been made to the time bank system for Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries
  • The time bank system has been added to Dorado, Hollywood, King’s Row, Numbani, Route 66, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar
  • Time granted for taking objectives on Dorado, Hanamura, Hollywood, King’s Row, Numbani, Route 66,
  • Temple of Anubis, Volskaya Industries, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar has been reduced from 5 minutes to 4

There were just the highlights of the new update, head over to the official website for the entire changelog.