Overwatch Role Queue kills GOATS forever with 2-2-2 lineups

Overwatch is saying goodbye to the GOATS composition by introducing a new Role Queue system that will force lineups of two support, two tanks, and two DPS.


Ever since Overwatch was first released, players were welcome to choose whatever hero they wanted, even if it sometimes meant an odd composition. Three Mercies, two Junkrats, and a Tracer wasn't an ideal lineup, let's face it, but sometimes, that's just the way the cookie crumbled. Now Blizzard is set to put an end to this for good with the introduction of Role Queue.

Role Queue will see Overwatch players select their role prior to each match. After selecting either Tank, Support, or Damage, they will then enter the matchmaking queue. They will then be placed on a team to create a six-person team with two tanks, two support, and two DPS heroes. Each role will have its own separate queue, with Blizzard hinting at rewards for queuing into a high-demand role.

Overwatch will implement Role Queue into both Quick Play and Competitive Play, with the latter experiencing some drastic changes. Competitive players will now earn separate skill ratings for each role, earning a number between 1 and 5,000 and a tier ranging from Bronze to Grandmaster. Matchmaking will be determined by player SR, but competitive players will first be required to complete five placement matches for each selected role at the start of each Competitive Season. Competitive Role Queue is launching with today's PTR update.

Overwatch Role Queue

Shifting into the world of esports, followers of the Overwatch League might be looking at this news and thinking, "This is going to kill GOATS, isn't it?" It sure is, hypothetical fan! GOATS has been the biggest story of the Overwatch League's second season. Named after the team that first innovated the composition, GOATS uses three support heroes and three tanks. But GOATS will be no more, as Stage 4 of the Overwatch League will shift to Role Queue, utilizing the 2-2-2 lineup composition.

You can't talk about GOATS without talking about Brigitte and one would imagine that the introduction of Role Queue will mean some big changes for her and other heroes and tow the various role lines. This will indeed be the case, as today's PTR update is updating various heroes to better fit in with the Role Queue changes. Brigitte, in particular, is set to receive some big changes, amplifying her healing skills while decreasing her survivability.

Role Queue will have a beta test run from August 13 through September 1. It will then launch for Quick Play and Competitive Play on September 1, just in time for Competitive Season 18. This is understandably a lot to take in, so check out the Overwatch website for more details.

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    July 18, 2019 11:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Overwatch Role Queue kills GOATS forever with 2-2-2 lineups

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      July 18, 2019 11:13 AM

      - Will be in QP and Comp. A "QP Classic" will be available in arcade without role lock
      - Separate SR for each role in comp, so only need 5 games to get ranked
      - Two week season in last half of August across all servers as a hard test.
      - Expected to be completed by September 2019.

      ("Not targeted at a specific meta".... riiiiight)

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      July 18, 2019 12:09 PM

      With Role Queue a lot of hero changes: https://blizztrack.com/patch_notes/overwatch_ptr/60392_0

      - All Ults take 12% charge to get there
      - Ashe reload down from 0.3 to 0.25s
      - Brigitte: Shield down from 500 to 200, can throw out more armor packs but lower amounts of armor in each, better passive healing ability
      - Moira can use fade while stunned
      - Speaking of stuns: Rein gets a new passive that reduces knockbacks by 30%
      - Sym teleports remain indefinitely but can be cancelled by player, can't be placed close to spawn point

      There's a few others but those are big ones.

    • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
      July 18, 2019 12:23 PM

      I'm surprised they did it in QP, I have a suspicion it's going to demolish queue times for damage players. Cautiously optimistic though because QP game quality was so often trash because of team comp.

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        July 18, 2019 12:56 PM

        Something buried is that you can queue into multiple roles, (eq start a damage and a tank queue), and they are also going to try to encourage role shifting with loot boxes in other roles.

        • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
          July 18, 2019 1:08 PM

          Ah that's good, although guaranteed that you'll never get Damage by doing that, unless maybe the game throws you a bone sometimes and lets you cut the line as a perk of being flexible.

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