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Overwatch Competitive Season 19 delayed in Halloween update

Published: 16/Oct/2019 18:56 Updated: 16/Oct/2019 21:39

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch officially launched on the Nintendo Switch on October 15, and players are already wondering when they will be able to queue up for the game’s competitive mode, which is currently disabled. 

While players still need to grind their accounts to level 25 in order to be eligible, normally a screen stating as such is depicted on the menu. Instead, players are greeted to a message that reads: “competitive play is currently unavailable”. 

Just like the other versions of the game, the screen does indicate Season 18 is running, but as of the Halloween update, the end date got pushed from October 31 to November 6. 

Blizzard EntertainmentSwitch users can’t play Competitive… yet.

If Blizzard plans to open up Competitive to Switch users on November 6 with the start of Season 19, it would give a lot of players ample time to rank up to level 25 and be eligible to play the mode.

It’s also worth noting that the Halloween Terror 2019 event will conclude on November 4, two days before the start of Season 19.

It’s very possible that a new PTR patch could go live for testing before the next season and be fully implemented in a new patch come November 5, which is after BlizzCon.

A new PTR patch could also help prepare the game for any new heroes potentially announced at Blizzard’s flagship event. 

Blizzard EntertainmentSeason 18’s end date was changed during the Halloween event.

What happened the last time a competitive season date changed? 

Back in July when Season 17 was ongoing, the end date got pushed forward weeks earlier to accommodate the launch of role-queue

It’s unclear if a new system will be implemented to the game which ultimately resulted in the season’s end being pushed forward, but it’s an interesting development nonetheless. 

Of course, the reason for the date change could be to allow more Switch players the time to level up so that Season 19 could go live on all platforms at once. 

With BlizzCon coming November 1 and big announcements such as an Overwatch sequel or spinoff expected, all eyes will be on the company to make a big impression.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”