Competitive Play is designed for those who truly want to put their skills to the test, and offers a more serious experience than Quick Play or Weekly Brawl! modes and because it’s for the serious gamers and to ensure that every player has a solid understanding of the game, the new mode, heroes and maps wont be unlocked until you reach level 25.
Before you start your competitive career, every new player will have to complete 10 placement matches in order to obtain their initial skill rating. This rating will be a number between 1 and 100, with higher values indicating a greater skill level. Skill ratings will be visible at the beginning of every match and as you compete, your rating will increase or decrease with each win or loss based on a number of factors, including your own performance and the skill of the other players.
Like other Competitive Play setups you will compete in four seasons, each lasting two and a half months. During that time, you can increase your skill rating and battle up the ranks before the stats are reset at the end of the season. This is followed by a two-week offseason, after which a new season will commence, beginning with a new set of placement matches.
In addition to the thrill of victory, players can earn new rewards that are only available through Competitive Play. At the end of a season, anyone who has completed the 10 placement matches will receive a special spray and player icon, with a new set of designs being released every season. On top of that as you win matches, you’ll earn Competitive Points. These points are based on your performance, and you’ll also receive a number of points at the end of each season. These Competitive Points can be exchanged for cosmetic Golden Weapons for your heroes.
Because of the more serious nature of the game mode, strict penalties will be in place to catch people leaving the game early or even stepping away from their console during the match, so ensure you make that all important toilet break. Players that continually suffer penalties due to inactive play or game infringements will see the Competitive Play mode locked for an increasing amount of time and could eventually be banned from the current season.