Upcoming Competitive Play Changes for Season 8

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Limiting the Skill Rating variance for Teams

With the debut of the new competitive season 8 in January we’re going to be making a few matchmaking changes to increase match quality. The first change is limiting the maximum Skill Rating (SR) difference between the highest SR player on a team and the lowest SR player on the same team. This will especially help players at both the lower and higher limits of SR, where there are typically fewer players available. If a player has an SR of 4500, there are not that many other players who have a similarly high SR. The matchmaker has previously assigned players who are of a much lower SR to the same team as 4500 SR player, and hasn’t always created the best match experience possible.

We implemented the technology for this change in the 1.17.0.3 patch at the end of November, but did not aggressively tune the SR value of the limit. During the month of December we will be quietly testing the effect of more restrictive SR limits to both match quality and queue times. With the data and player feedback from testing, we’ll then come back from our holiday break on January 2 and apply a finalized set of values for Season 8.

Note that the matchmaker will still allow you to group with other players according to the current SR limits at their skill tier, which is 1000 SR for Bronze through Diamond, 500 SR for Master, and 250 for Grandmaster. We recently restricted the SR grouping limit at Grandmaster with this new Season 8 change in mind.

Removing Personal Performance Skill Rating Adjustments for Diamond tier players and above
Ok, this explanation is going to be pretty lengthy, so everyone grab some popcorn and buckle up.

When you win a competitive match of Overwatch, you gain Skill Rating, and when you lose a match you also lose Skill Rating. The amount that you gain or lose is calculated based on many different factors, and here’s a quick list of some of the most important ones:

• If you have a higher than 50% chance to win a match, you gain less for a win and lose more for a defeat. Conversely, if you were an underdog in a match than you gain more SR when you win and lose less SR when defeated.
• New players experience both higher gains and higher losses than players who have completed a lot of matches.
• You gain less SR for a win than you lose for a defeat as you more closely approach the system’s mathematical upper limit 5000 SR. (So at very high SRs you do need a greater than 50% win rate to keep your SR stable.)

There is also another factor in determining the SR change after completing a match, and that’s a measurement of how well you personally performed during the match. If you perform well than you gain more SR when you win, and lose less SR when defeated. The reverse is also true, so if you perform very poorly you gain less SR for a win and lose additional SR when defeated. The personal performance adjustments have been controversial amongst the community for quite some time, especially since the calculations for these adjustments are not at all transparent.

The adjustment does create a lot of positive system wide effects including rewarding players who make the effort to play well, punishing inactive players, and more quickly providing fairer matches for new players or those who decide to play a new hero or role. So we spent quite a lot of time examining data over multiple seasons, checking a lot of math, reading a LOT of community feedback, and then doing some deep soul searching about this. Especially at the higher levels of online competition where every point of SR matters, we want players to not be distracted and worry about how to optimize around the personal performance adjustment. They should just be trying to WIN. So after we get back from the holidays on January 2nd we’re going to turn off the personal performance SR adjustments for players in the Diamond skill tier and above.

We look forward to everyone playing matches and giving us feedback about these changes in Season 8!
Dec 8 -744
no rank reset nice
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Oh cool.
So does this mean the season is starting on January 2nd and not the 31st of December or January 1st?

Nice :)
thank !@#$
YES
finally something ty
me too thanks
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p o g g e r s
YEET
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Much needed. Hopefully we'll see team players start to get favored over one-tricks in high tiers with this new system.
So, no changes for bronze-platinum players at all, since players at those brackets always had lots of players to group with.

I hope the higher tier of competitive get less salty next season.
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lets bring the one tricks all to plat and below..

gonna have a party here
nice
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Did I miss reading it? But what was the reasoning behind limiting to just diamond and above?
pogchamp
I feel like alot of people are going to post stuff and complain when they aren't even above diamond about the personal performance sr gains :l which to be honest I don't see the issue but whatever I haven't played comp inawhile so I guess it doesn't affect me to much anyways... maybe it'll improve the experience and I'll play comp again who knows.
Edit: not only did I get it right and people are complaining but I get downvoted :l for what? Making a correct observation? lol
Christmas has come early.

Wow.
I love these new changes, perfect and even better than I what I have thought of.

EDIT updated with more thoughts.

I will note, this will still allow players the tools to carry themselves out of lower ranks, and work to incentivize team play and good sportsmanship at the ranks that matter. I fell to Bronze in season 3 and I had to learn to carry myself out of that rank the hard way. I feel there is going to be a month or two of some inconsistent matches still, but hopefully it will really start to make the game better for everyone.
12/08/2017 03:06 PMPosted by Norn
Did I miss reading it? But what was the reasoning behind limiting to just diamond and above?


Smurfs and alt accounts not ruining the game for lower ranks.

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