Overwatch Competitive Season 2, New Map, Launches in New Patch

The patch also includes a host of balance tweaks to heroes, such as the much-needed Genji nerf.

The second season of Overwatch‘s competitive play, alongside Eichenwalde, a new Escort/Assault map, has landed in a patch for Blizzard’s cartoony shooter today. The major patch also comes with a host of balance tweaks – such as the Genji nerf we have all been waiting for.

The second season of competitive play comes with some rather significant changes from season 1. Rather than simply having a “skill rating” represented by a single number, players are now also sorted into “skill tiers” not unlike StarCraft 2‘s competitive tiers. Sudden Death is also going away in Season 2. Instead, matches that are tied when the clock runs out end in a draw, though Blizzard claims that this should be a “rare occurrence”.

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You can check out the new map in the preview video to the right, but the short and skinny of it is that it’s set in the abandoned village of Eichenwalde, an German-style village that was the point of a key battle during the Omnic crisis.

As for hero balances, you can read them in detail here in the patch notes but to summarize:

  • Genji nerfed
  • Zenyatta nerfed
  • Lucio nerfed
  • Mei buffed
  • Hanzo buffed

Source: Blizzard

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