Overwatch beta patch 22.214.171.124.28382 has introduced Competitive Play mode for those who wish to rise in the rank system. When a game ends, don’t leave. Once you start a Competitive Play, you must stay until you win 3 times or the other team does. Basically, you are joining a Best of 5 game. At the end of that cycle you earn Challenger rank points to level up.
If you leave the game before the Best of 5 ends, you get extreme XP penalties. That’s a deterrant. If someone does leave, however, the match system won’t replace the player who left, so the team is penalized. It becomes a 5v6 instead.
Challenger Tier has 5 ranks. Once you reach the fifth, you are moved to the next Tier. There are three known Tiers: Challenger, Advanced and Expert. There might be more.
This video shows you what happens when you complete a Best of 5 in Competitive Play.
The latest beta patch build 27704 reset the career profile stats where you used to have Most Kills, Deaths, Play of the Game data. However, the level progression, and rewards are intact. Last night there were a few server disconnections disrupting matches mid-game, so a new mini-patch was released to address those issues. The current build is 27729.
A brand-new mediterranean control map was added in this patch: Ilios, new skins and character balance changes. Read the patch notes below.
Torbjörn has been slightly nerfed — which many will see as a welcomed decision. You could out-repair incoming damage, making it hard to destroy a strategically placed turret which prevents claiming a checkpoint or objective. Especially, if two or more players chose to play as Torbjörn.
For those who haven’t watched a video, the turret automatically targets you the second you enter its view, and you were basically dead or nigh dead. Any attempts on destroying the turret would be met with Torbjörn quickly repairing the turret.
I livestreamed Overwatch last night before this patch. That will allow you to see how powerful Torbjörn was before this new patch.