Right now, capturing points in Overwatch‘s competitive mode features an odd tie-breaking system. It’s resulted in fewer ties, but it’s made play a little confusing or frustrating.
If my team is about to tie with another, the tie-breaking round sets us each with capturing the same point. Whoever gets 1 percent more than the other team wins, right? Makes sense when both teams capture at least some of that point.
When Team A captures 0 percent of the new point, all Team B has to do is step on the point without any defenders present. That means the defense can never leave the point for fear of some Winston bouncing in for a quick touch. It happens.
Blizzard is changing that in an upcoming patch.
Principal Designer Scott Mercer took to Battle.net to announce the changes. Basically, teams need to hit a 33 percent minimum capture in order to even potentially win. Mercer breaks down this slightly confusing tweak brilliantly, so we’ll leave it to him.
Instead of needing to simply earn 1% more progress on an objective than the enemy team to break a tie and win, a team will also now also need to achieve a minimum of 33% progress. Here’s some examples:
Team A attacks the first objective on Hanamura, but only gains 10% progress after a really rough offensive round.
Team B then attacks, but they can only gain 20%.
This is a TIE. Neither team achieved the minimum of 33%.
Team A attacks the first objective on Hanamura, and gains 90% progress. (So close!)
Team B attacks, and only gains 40%. progress.
Team A WINS, as they had a minimum of 33% and more progress than their opponent.
Team A attacks the second objective on Hanamura, and fully captures it with 3:00 left.
Team B attacks the second objective on Hanamura, and captures it in overtime with 0:00 left.
Team A now is back on the attack, trying to take the first objective. They can only reach 20% progress after their time bank of 3:00 elapses. This is a TIE. They did not meet the minimum target of 33% progress. If Team A had reached 33%, then they would have won the match.
We’ll let you know when this patch is live.