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‘Overwatch’ Competitive Play available now on PC, ‘coming soon’ to consoles

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Overwatch has become nothing short of a phenomenon in the last month, with its simple, addictive structure leading to astronomical player counts and glowing reviews. But if you’ve been looking for a bit more of a challenge– and don’t just throw down a turret as Torbjörn and walk away — you’ll want to check out the new Competitive Play option. If you’re on a PC, you can do it right now.

Competitive Play, which Blizzard says is “coming soon” to consoles, as well, is automatically unlocked once you reach level 25; for new players, this should only take a few days, giving you a chance to practice your best Genji moves before jumping into the “big show.” Similar to Hearthstone, you’ll be given a skill rating based on your performance, though it’s unclear whether you will be matched with players of similar skill level in Competitive Play.

Related: How to win with Tracer in Overwatch

But the risk-reward draw of a skill system isn’t the only change coming with Competitive Play. Game modes are being adjusted, as well. “Control” maps, which are typically “best of three” will be “best of five.”

“Escort” and “Assault” maps have seen more radical changes — instead of just winning or losing a match while on the attacking or defending team, these matches will see you playing one round of each, with points awarded for reaching checkpoints and capturing objectives, regardless of whether or not you win the round. After two rounds, the team with the most points is the winner.

Naturally, plenty of cosmetic goodies are coming with Competitive Play. Finish 10 matches in Competitive Play during a season to receive a new spray and player icon, and spend the new “competitive points” currency to unlock gold versions of weapons.

To get you ready for the Competitive Play season, be sure to check out our guides on characters like Soldier: 76 and Hanzo.

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