By Andrew Dodson on September 2, 2016 at 7:24am
About a week earlier than expected, Blizzard has started Season 2 of "Overwatch" competitive play for XBox One and PC users. They've also made some major changes to competitive mode, fixed some bugs, tossed out some new legendary skins and made the new Eichenwalde available to all users.
We've made some big changes to Competitive Play in Season 2. The most noticeable change is the introduction of skill tiers, which we hope will better communicate players' relative skill levels. Competitive Play will put a greater emphasis on skill tiers over specific ratings, and as such, a player's tier will be more prominently displayed throughout the game. We've also switched the skill rating system to a 1-5000 scale to give players more detailed information about how each match affects their specific rating.
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Along with those changes, Blizzard has done away with Sudden Death mode in competitive play, now allowing games to end in a draw.
What has a lot of people excited is the addition of a new map to the game. Eichenwalde is a gorgeously-rendered castle/village that has been abandoned for a long time. It was the site of a key battle during the Omnic Crisis, a battle that was ultimately won but not before General Balderich von Adler, leader of the Crusaders, was killed in the castle's main hall. The map is an assault/escort type, with tons of towers, buildings and alternate routes to learn.
Reinhardt also received two new legendary skins. The Greifhardt and the Balderich, which is based upon the armor of the legendary Crusader general of the same name.
If you're interested in seeing all the changes that the Season 2 patch brought the table, you can check them out here. While there is no official word on when the Season 2 patch will arrive for Playstation users, it is not expected to be a long wait.