As per usual when a new competitive season kicks off, Blizzard prepares both veteran and new players for battle with a low-down of how it all works: "Before you can kick off your competitive career, every player must first complete 10 placement matches to obtain their initial skill rating.
This rating will be a number between 1 and 5000, with higher values indicating a greater skill level.
Players will also be assigned a tier based on their rating—Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, or Grandmaster—and climbing into the next tier is possible as you improve.
As you compete, your rating will increase or decrease with each win or loss based on a number of factors, including your own performance and the skill of the other players in the match." Competitive rewards for the additional challenge includes a special spray and player icon to show off those skills, while the top 500 players will receive their own set of special rewards for their incredible feat.
In addition to playing for sprays, Competitive Points are also earned to put towards a gold edition of your main's favourite weapon of choice.