Overwatch is about to get one of the biggest changes in the history of the game – the developers have completely rewritten the matchmaking system with the goal of making it role-based. The changes will be applied to both Quick Play and Competitive Mode, as well affect the esports scene. Those who prefer the old rules will be able to play in Arcade Quick Play Classic mode. The update is already available on the Test Server. Besides the usual PTR testing, the new system will go in open beta which will take place on August 13th – September 1st.
The changes to the matchmaking system and team compositions have provoked a number of balance changes. For example Brigitte is extremely popular and successful in 3-support compositions, but is lacking in teams with only 2 supports – for this reason the hero’s abilities will be heavily balanced towards nerfing her survivability and increasing her healing output. The complete list of changes can be found on the official forum.