Most Overwatch players were already speculating that Season 3 of the competitive side of the game would come to an end sometime this month.
Lylirra, a Community Manager, has revealed that the season will officially end on February 21st at 16:00 PST.
In the same blog post, the Community Manager also revealed that the new season would launch a mere week later on February 28th on the exact same time. A quick Google search should give you all the information you need about your own time zone as this is based on a part of the US only.
Of course, what most people are waiting for when any season ends are the end-of-season rewards. Blizzard’s offers are about what you should expect and eligible users should receive everything during the first time they log into their accounts after Season 3 ends.
There might be some slight delay, of course, so try logging in and out or waiting for a day before rushing to the forums for an explanation.
In order to be eligible for the rewards, players must have completed their placement matches during Season 3. The placements are 10 matches and they can be played at any point so you still have time to complete them. You might not be able to reach the highest tiers if you only do your placements now but you might still be able to accumulate some points.
This season’s rewards are comprised of a special spray and player icon. Earlier this month, some players manage to data-mine the rewards. As you can see below, they will be based on the Volskaya Industries map though the exact details will not be revealed until the season has already come to an end.
If, at any point during the season, you have managed (or will manage) to become one of the top 500 players on your platform, then you will receive a special, animated version of the standard spray as well as an additional unique icon.
Competitive points will be rewarded based on the highest Skill Rating (SR) a player has achieved during the season. The tiers are described in detail below:
- SR 1-1499 (Bronze): 100 CP
- SR 1500-1999 (Silver): 200 CP
- SR 2000-2499 (Gold): 400 CP
- SR 2500-2999 (Platinum): 800 CP
- SR 3000-3499 (Diamond): 1200 CP
- SR 3500-3999 (Master): 2000 CP
- SR 4000-5000 (Grandmaster): 3000 CP
In case you have yet to achieve your rank of choice, my suggestion would be to avoid grouping with too many people, particularly if your friends are not great at the game. Grouping with less people also means that you will have faster queue times though this should not really be a problem, depending on your region.
In other news
Game Director Jeff Kaplan hinted that the team may be working on a clan/guild system for Overwatch.
We would be *very* excited to work on a system like this.
Of course, this is not an actual announcement. His statement was simply a reply to a suggestion in the forums. However, it would certainly be in line with Overwatch’s general principles and direction.
There is no doubt that the game would benefit from such a system too. The disjointed nature of random teams can be extremely fun but it does not always convey the best that Overwatch has to offer.
Especially in the competitive scene, guilds would bring Overwatch to a whole different level. Whether this will actually happen or not remains to be seen. However, I definitely think that it is possible we will see such a system during 2017.