That’s All Folks!
Well, it’s official. Competitive mode for Overwatch season 1 has officially ended today, with ranks and special player icons handed out accordingly. Blizzard released this text earlier this evening signaling the end of a truly groundbreaking, opening competitive round for their newest IP, Overwatch.
Season 1 has officially come to a close. Well played, heroes! ????
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) August 18, 2016
From beginning to end, Overwatch’s competitive first season was one for the record books. There were a lot of patches, both to the competitive game play and in the form of buffs and nerfs for multiple characters, all throughout this first season. From increasing the respawn time from 6 seconds to 8 seconds and introducing the 1 hero limit, to including buffs for D.Va and Zenyatta which completely changed the meta. All the way to introducing a brand new character – Ana, and changing the meta yet again, there’s no denying that Blizzard’s first season for Overwatch was one adrenaline rush of a learning experience filled with bullets, bombs, and two headed dragons!
Winter is coming, and it’s gonna be a Blizzard!
But, now what? I know there are a lot of players out there who are already reeling from the absence of a competitive mode. Quick Play is great, but after feeling the hunger of chasing competitive points to collect that golden gun, well, Quick Play just doesn’t cut it anymore. Well, worry not because Season 2 is just around the corner! And here is Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan to break it down and let you know what to look forward to in season 2!
Blizzard also released information this week about a new map, and a new game mode. This new map, Eichenwalde, which will be a combination of payload and capture the point play modes. Much like King’s Row, where players must first capture the point, which then releases a payload to be carried across the map, this new map will play in the same way. Except for Eichenwald, this process will be in reverse; first move the payload (which appears to be a battering-ram of sorts), and then once you reach the end, defend! For more info on this map, check out the videos below.
I personally enjoyed every minute of Overwatch’s competitive first season, and I’m excited to see what season 2 has in store. The new map, Eichenwalde, looks particularly interesting with all of its new flanking paths and choke points. Along with the promise of two new characters, Sombra and Doomfist, there’s a lot of big things in store for season 2, and Overwatch doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. 😉