What are Overwatch 2 ranks? SR, tiers, & rewards explained

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The Overwatch 2 Competitive Mode gives players a big reason to keep returning to the iconic Hero shooter. For a quick round-up of the systems in the mode, we’ve pulled together a summary of all competitive ranks, their tiers, and every ranked rewards.

Season 6 of Overwatch 2 is well underway, which means players are growing used to map changes, new heroes, unique rewards, and other tweaks to the competitive formula.

Unlike Quick Play or Arcade, the Competitive mode in Overwatch 2 features a much more intense fight between two teams. It’s where players of all kinds come to test their mettle and try to reach the highest rank possible to face the best players on their level.

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After the release of the sequel, things are not the same anymore. One of the major changes is that the game is now a 5v5 shooter instead of a 6v6. Apart from that, subtle changes were made to the official ranking system as well.

If you are wondering what are the ranks in Overwatch 2, here’s everything you need to know about ranking up, SR, and more.


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Overwatch 2 rank explained

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Ranked is all about winning matches — the more you win, the higher you climb.

The ranking system in Overwatch 2 is almost similar to that of the original shooter. You may find it to be intimidating at first if you’re new, but it’s quite straightforward after some games.

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The factor that determines your rank in Blizzard’s shooter sequel is SR or Skill Rating. The higher your SR is, the better rank you’ll be placed in. There are some other non-measurable factors that play a part, but it all boils down to how high (or low) your SR is at the end.

What is SR in Overwatch 2 ranked?

As we mentioned, SR stands for “Skill Rating” and every single player gets one after they complete their Placement Matches. In both Role and Open Queues, you’ll get a different SR for each role – DPS, Support, and Tank.

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After completing these preliminary games, the system will assign you a rank. Your wins, losses, and overall performance during placements do matter, but less so if you’ve played for multiple seasons on the same account.

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Placement matches have to be done at the start of every new Overwatch 2 season.

How is Overwatch 2 SR determined?

Placement games break down to winning 7 or losing 20 matches per role in both Role and Open Queues, unlike the original Overwatch. Once you complete your placement matches, you’ll gain or lose SR when you win or lose Competitive games, respectively.

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Once you complete your placements, your rank will get adjusted every time you reach 7 wins or 20 losses, whichever comes first.

Thanks to the Season 3 update, your rank placements and increases/decreases will update every 5 wins or 15 losses.

The amount of SR you gain or lose from any given match is pretty much impossible to determine for the regular player. Blizzard has some kind of arcane, byzantine system that determines these exact amounts for wins and losses, so it’s better to just focus on the fact wins are good, and losing is not.

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Draws, while they are rare in Overwatch 2, can happen on certain maps, but they don’t affect your rank. So, if your team is getting rolled on Junkertown but could still play for a tie, don’t give up! Not gaining any SR is still better than losing enough where it’ll take several wins to claw back.

What are all the Overwatch 2 ranks?

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The ranks of Overwatch 2, and their SR requirements.

Like its prequel, Overwatch 2 players will be placed in any rank from Bronze to Master after their placements matches are done. Each rank operates as a different tier. If you get enough SR, you advance to the next rank. If you lose too much, you risk being demoted down a rank.

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The full breakdown of each Overwatch 2 competitive rank is as follows:

  • Bronze: 5 to 1
  • Silver: 5 to 1
  • Gold: 5 to 1
  • Platinum: 5 to 1
  • Diamond: 5 to 1
  • Master: 5 to 1
  • Grandmaster: 5 to 1
  • Top 500: Top 500 players in your region, regardless of rank

To avoid getting confused, it’s easiest to think of Top 500 as more of a title than an actual rank. These Top 500 players could be spread throughout Grandmaster and even dip down into Masters as well. Diamond top 500s, while rare, aren’t unheard of either.

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The vast majority of Overwatch players ended up in Silver, Gold, and Platinum though. So, if you don’t make it into Diamond or Master right after placements, don’t worry – most of us haven’t either.

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New Overwatch 2 rank rewards

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One needs a lot of patience to unlock golden guns in the game.

There are several types of rewards to earn from playing Overwatch 2 competitive. The most obvious are the golden guns that can be unlocked with Competitive Points, or CP. Golden guns cost 3,000 CP per hero, so it might take you a few seasons to save up enough.

A small amount of CP is awarded after each win, and depending on your rank you’ll receive a set amount at the end of each Comp season as well. Here’s a rundown of CP awarded in each rank and match results:

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  • Win: 15 CP
  • Draw: 5 CP
  • Bronze: 65 CP
  • Silver: 125 CP
  • Gold: 250 CP
  • Platinum: 500 CP
  • Diamond: 750 CP, Diamond Challenger
  • Master: 1,200 CP, Master Challenger
  • Grandmaster: 1,750 CP, Grandmaster Challenger
  • Top 500: 1,750 CP, Top 500 Challenger

Every player who completes a total of 250, 750, and 1750 competitive games get special titles called Adept Competitor, Seasoned Competitor, and Expert Competitor, respectively.

The sequel also brings a new tier of skins called “Mythic Skins” into the game. Here’s our guide on how to unlock Mythic Skins in Overwatch 2.

How to gain SR & rank up in Overwatch 2

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There’s no sure-fire way to guarantee wins or SR in Overwatch 2, but there are some good rules that will make the Ws much more likely.

Now, we’re not going to guarantee that you’ll break into Master or Top 500 by following these tips, just to be clear. But, there are some simple things anyone can do  — other than using heroes you actually know how to play  — that will legitimately increase your chances of winning.

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Play with a mic & USE IT

In a team-based game like Overwatch 2, where everyone is focused on their individual role, communication is key. No one wants to hear your life story during a match, but a mic can do wonders for coordination, ultimate combos, and focusing targets.

As a Support, you can let DPS and Tanks know when you need help or when someone is wrecking your backline. Tanks can let teammates know when a shield is about to break, and DPS can let everyone know where their damage is being sent.

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Some people though, don’t like talking to complete strangers on the internet, and that’s completely understandable. So, how do you deal with this? Take a look at our next tip.

Play with a group

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Teamwork might not make the dream work all its own in Overwatch 2, but it definitely helps!

If using a mic can increase win percentage, playing with a group of familiar players can assist even more. This tip can be a challenge though, especially if you lack friends who play Overwatch 2, but there are options to avoid the dreaded solo queue.

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Friends who play are an obvious choice, given they’re the same rank as you. If all else fails, don’t be afraid to whisper or invite teammates following a win, if you think you can make it happen again.

Cut your losses

This one seems obvious, but when you’re deep into an Overwatch 2 Comp grind just walking away can be one of the hardest things to do, especially if you’re down SR.

But think about it this way, what’s better? To continue playing while tilted and potentially throwing more SR into the trash, and even dropping down a rank; or taking a break, maybe heading over to Quick Play or Arcade for a bit? Maybe even go for a walk to get your mind off of that Lucio who didn’t seem to understand the difference between Speed and Healing boost in your last match.

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There’s nothing fun about losing multiple matches in a row, but trust us, what’s even less fun is ending up at Silver when you were almost to Plat the week before.


So, there you have it — that’s pretty much all there is to know about ranks and SR when it comes to Overwatch 2. With a little luck, and maybe the help of some of our other guides down below, you could find yourself well on the road to Masters and beyond.

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