Blizzard has released a new ranked competitive mode for Overwatch’s “Elimination” mode.
Elimination is an arcade mode in which the goal is, unsurprisingly, to eliminate the enemy team. Each player has one life per round, and rounds are won by the team with the last player(s) standing.
In “Lockout” mode, which is the version that will be played in the competitive playlist, the winning team’s heroes are removed from the hero pool after each round, meaning that once a hero has been used to win it cannot be selected again for the duration of the game.
Blizzard introduced a new ranked mode for the first time with the 2018 Lunar New Year event, which introduced a limited-time competitive playlist for Capture the Flag.
Shortly afterwards, Jeff Kaplan responded to requests for additional competitive modes, stating that Blizzard intended to do more. This is the first additional competitive playlist since then.
“We’re started a short Competitive 6v6 Elimination season at 0:00 UTC today, which is 5:00 PM PDT.
This season will end on May 8, 0:00 UTC, which is May 7 5:00 PDT.
The “Lockout” rule in place, so once a team wins with a hero it becomes unavailable for that team for the duration of the match. All the previous Elimination maps are available to play this season, but we’ve also added Ayutthaya to the mix as an Elimination map.
To play, simply choose the Competitive Elimination card in the Arcade!”