After a platinum-ranked player was able to queue into a match with Top 500s, former Overwatch League pro Caleb ‘McGravy’ McGarvey requested that Blizzard “fix the game.”
The Overwatch competitive structure is set up in such a way that lower-ranked players are unable to enter matches with their rivals, even though they are the ladder’s top stars.
That isn’t to say that the game is flawless, particularly when solo queue, SR decay, and other factors are taken into account.
For example, on Route 66, a platinum-ranked DPS and support player ended up in McGravy’s game.
Before reviewing the player’s profile, he pleaded, “Please, please, please, please tell me this guy is somewhat good.”
McGravy stood up and walked away for a brief moment, his hands in his head, in shock, after seeing that the tank had yet to play all of his placements for that position, but was in plat for DPS and help.
While the player had finished the previous few seasons in Masters for the tank position, there is still a significant skill gap between 3,500 SR and McGravy, who is well into Grand Master and the Top 500.
“Would it be possible for anyone to leave?” ‘I beg you,’ he said. “Excuse me. I’m at a loss for words. I’m sorry, but I’m not up to it.”
Though McGravy may have come across as hostile, he clarified that it wasn’t the player’s fault and that Blizzard was to blame. “It’s not the players’ fault, but I haven’t had a tank on my team with more than 4,000 SR in like seven games!”
Blizzard has yet to fix the issue, but it’s one that’s been bothering higher-ranked streamers for a long time. Hopefully, all of this will be resolved before the release of Overwatch 2.