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Overwatch • Oct 12, 2018

Professional Overwatch players discuss how to fix ranked play

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Professional Overwatch players took to Twitter to discuss the issues with the game’s ranked competitive playlist.

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Ideally, the upper echelons of the ranked ladder would offer an arena in which pro players can practice their individual skills when not working with their team. For many pros, however, it seems the current system is failing to provide a productive and enjoyable environment.

The discussion began when Dallas Fuel’s Timo ‘Taimou’ Kettunen took to Twitter to criticize ranked play, starting that “from a scale of 1-10 I’d give OW ranked experience a 0.”

Overwatch League analyst Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles then asked what changes he would like to see made, prompting several pro players to give their input.

Multiple players advocate for a role queue, which would allow players to guarantee a particular role when they join a game. One of the problems pro players have with ranked is that they can’t be entirely assured of playing their main role, at least without potentially sacrificing the team’s composition, making it inefficient as a means of practicing.

Blizzard has always resisted a role queue, however. With Overwatch being a game to which the ability to change heroes or even entire compositions mid-round is fundamental, the developers have never wanted to restrict that by locking players into particular roles.

Pro players aren't the only ones to have called for changes to the ranked Overwatch system, but so far Blizzard have been quiet regarding potential updates.

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