The competitive ranking system in Overwatch 2 is a full mess at the moment since players at all skill levels are permanently placed in Bronze 5, the game’s lowest tier. Because of this, even former Grandmaster players have found themselves rated as Bronze 5, leading many to speculate that the ranking system is broken.
The competitive tiers in Overwatch 2 function differently than in the first game. In the past, Overwatch would calculate a player’s standing based on their most recent game result. After seven victories or twenty ties or losses in Overwatch 2, the player’s rank will be updated.
Many players, however, are discovering that Overwatch 2 will continue to place them in Bronze regardless of how many games they win or lose, with a large majority of gamers stating that they have been relegated to the feared Bronze 5. An increasing number of players have resorted to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with being placed in OW2’s lowest tier despite winning the vast majority (if not all) of their placement games:
Blizzard has been silent on the topic of whether or not its ranked system is experiencing problems or is functioning normally. While it is possible that OW2 places new players in a low position to motivate them to work their way up the ranks, this theory is undermined by the fact that players seldom advance in rank no matter how well they play.
Therefore, some have concluded that this is a glitch in the game that Blizzard will have to fix. Either way, it detracts from the competitive experience and is one of many issues that gamers have with the sequel; the developer should hopefully fix this soon.