July 18, 2019 Blizzard has released its official developer update video for the overhauled queue system and released the changes on its PTR.
Blizzard has released a video explaining the changes to its role and queue system in Overwatch. In the developer update, director Jeff Kaplan explains how this will let the company give individual skill rankings for each role in competitive while encouraging teamwork.
Players will be offered rewards for roles that are in high demand, such as support, with the possibility of loot boxes. The update comes with a rebalance of Brigette, who will provide more healing, but will have less survivability.
It will also mean some changes to Overwatch’s ranked placement system. players will now have to complete five placement matches for each role to earn there skill rating, meaning the requirement goes up to 15 games for all three. Three ‘Top 500’ leaderboards will also be introduced for each role, with a fourth combined average.
The changes are available now on Overwatch’s PC PTR and will launch on live servers with Patch 1.39. Role lock is heading to the Overwatch League ahead of the start of the competition’s next stage, with a two-week beta season from August 13 to September 1.
Original source: https://www.pcgamesn.com/overwatch/overwatch-league-role-lock