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Overwatch 2: How Do Placements Work

Here is how you can check your rank placements in Overwatch 2.

After having your Ranked mode unlocked in Overwatch 2 you might wonder how placements work. Competitive games like Valorant give you your rank after playing 5 rank matches. But you might have played 5 of them in this game and might be wondering where your rank is. So in this guide check out how the ranked placements work in Overwatch 2 and how to unlock competitive & check your rank.


How Do Rank Placements Work in Overwatch 2

overwatch 2 ranked placement system explained

In Overwatch 2, placements work by giving you a new rank after you win 7 matches or lose 20 matches. But considering there are open and role queues, this number changes. So effectively to know your rank in each of them you will need around 28 wins or 80 losses in respective queues. These are:

  • Role Queue
    • Damage
    • Tank
    • Support
  • Open Queue

Interestingly, this rule applies to both returning and new players. So it doesn’t matter if you used to play Overwatch previously. You will find your rank placements just like how new players would. And since there have been some major changes in the game, you should expect your rank to drop by a few tiers.


How to Unlock Competitive in Overwatch 2

how to unlock competitive ow2

If you are a new player then you can’t jump into Ranked matches right away. The game needs you to first have 50 Wins in Unranked. Yes, just playing 50 matches isn’t enough. You will need to win in them as well. The game decided to go with this decision because it will give players a better understanding of the game.


In order to get 50 wins an average player will be playing around 75 to 100 matches. And by 100 matches you should also have plenty of Heroes unlocked. This in turn comes handy for countering your opponents in ranked matches.

How to Check your Rank

how to check your rank in overwatch 2

  1. Launch Overwatch 2.
  2. Click on your Profile. You can find it in the top right corner of the home screen.
  3. Here, click on View Career Profile.
  4. Next, you will get an Overview. Here you can change the game modes and for Competitive you can even change the season.
  5. It will show you your current and highest rank for all roles.

That covers this guide on how the placement system works in Overwatch 2, and the number of matches you need to play for it. If you are interested in ranking up in this game then I suggest you check out our Overwatch 2 Wiki. Here you can find guides on hero counters, how to play them, and more.