The Overwatch competitive playlist has entered its tenth season, and the latest hero to be added to the game is now available to competitors.
With season nine having ended on April 27th, season ten began just three days later on April 20th. With the new season, Overwatch hero 27 Brigitte becomes available to play in the ranked ladder.
Brigitte was added to Overwatch on March 20th and was immediately available in quick play, but was absent for the entirety of competitive season nine in order to allow players to get acquainted with her before encountering her in more significant matches.
The delay to Brigitte’s entrance to competitive play came on account of player complaints that new heroes had previously been introduced to the mode too quickly, but it seems that many see the full season’s delay as overkill.
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan responded to such complaints on the official Blizzard forums when the delay was originally announced.
“We’re following this feedback closely. We made this change with the best intentions as we frequently heard complaints from players that we were introducing new heroes to Competitive Play too quickly.
Let’s see how this plays out for Brigitte and then we’ll re-evaluate for next time.
Thanks for being patient with us.”
At the professional level, Brigitte is still absent from the Overwatch League, which is played on a tournament realm that is only updated between stages. It is presumed that Brigitte will become available in Stage 4, which will begin on May 16th.