LOOT 19 : Competitive Discussions



  • Player posts on the Blizzard forums a simple question: “Does blizzard even play their own game??????”
    • Jeff Kaplan responds: “We play the game a lot. Looking at your profile, I’ve won approximately 800 more games than you have. That’s not counting the daily internal playtests I am in, the time I spent in Alpha and Beta.

Did you have a specific question or are you just here trolling?”

      • Original poster posted a follow up later saying that everything was good now between him and Jeff. (source)
        • He contacted support asking them to convey a message of apology to Jeff, which they did. Jeff emailed him directly and followed up himself with an apology.  “So first, I’m sorry for calling you out publicly on our forums. It was unprofessional and lacked good judgement on my part. To explain (and not excuse) what I did, I was simply feeling worn down at the moment. My team and my company care so much about feedback. So much so that one of the company values – which is bronzed around our Orc Statue in the center of campus – is “Every Voice Matters”. We’re constantly taking critical feedback – as we should be. On a personal level, I get frustrated and annoyed when people take “shots” at us without actually stating what their issue is. How are we supposed to act on feedback if the feedback is nothing but an insult? We get tons of feedback each day that we both agree and disagree with, and we love hearing it. But it’s super demoralizing to us to simply get insulted. To imply that we don’t play our game or that we don’t love our game is just straight up false.”
        • p.s. I’m not sure if you’re a World of Warcraft player, but please enjoy a year Subscription on me.  Turns out he’s not a WoW player but instead asked if he could get the Widowmaker Noire skin instead.  Jeff –
          Check your account. You should have Noire Widowmaker.”
        • There is also a petition asking Jeff to stream his game play. (source)
    • Feedback on the new Maps and changes that are on the PTR
    • 6v6 lockout!!!!!!!!!!



  • Competitive Overwatch: is it broken??? You get your rank based on individual performance in a team based game (not so cool). Right now you can gain more/higher SR by playing a less used or “off meta” hero, which makes it unfair or unfun for your team.

                -One idea Stylosa of UnitLost had is to have basically a two tier system; keeping competitive as is up to about 3000 (plat/gold and below), but when you get to (plat/diamond and above) you have the SR for win and loss the same (ie: win= +25sr, lose= -25sr). This means it promotes team play. You need to win, not just troll on Torb or whatever.  

                -Trolls, leavers and disconnectors are running rampant in comp right now.

              – Initial rank (SR) is only a best guess based on 10 games. True skill and rank can’t be discovered till after many, many more matches. (MMR) Over time the system will settle you into the place you deserve to be. I saw that it started my MMR at a base humber(1500). Then as I recorded games I would see swings in that number that were large, +200 or -150, etc. But as I continued to log matches those numbers eventually shrank to +10 and -11, for instance. It took nearly 100 matches before the numbers were that small. That’s because by then the system had a much clearer picture of my skill.

Getting Better

Rank Placements for Season 5

MMR discussion (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFseJfMueCs ) (TeamLiquid)

  • Hidden
  • Across game, not just competitive
  • Last seasons placement is important
  • Your individual performance is the most important thing to help your MMR.
  • Individual Performance Monitor – estimated to be measured by your average score in the match, stacked against other players who have used the same hero on the same map, on the same side (attack/defense).  When you have a higher score you will see this indicated by a flame saying that you are ‘on fire’.  The score will decay over time during the game which is why you can end up no longer on fire.

Placement discussion

Some people will buy a new account if they started out originally really low and have improved over time.  It takes a LOT of grinding to move up the rankings.  

What Does Season 5 look like with the upcoming changes?  

(Weakened Roadhog, Boosted McCree and Reaper)

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UnitLost Comp:  https://youtu.be/We0rwDUebHk


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