It’s bad news for UK fans, who will have to stay up until 1am BST on September 1 to start ranking up.
And Blizzard has made big changes to Competitive Season 6, which will only last for two months instead of three.
As game director Jeff Kaplan told fans, this will make it feel like less of a grind and ultimately a bit more exciting. Points will be adjusted to account for the shorter season.
Blizzard is also addressing the issue some players have with skill decay and skill placement.
After artificially lowering skill placements to create a sense of progression, Blizzard will now place people at the appropriate level from the start.
On the downside, higher level players might have to wait longer to find games, as Blizzard tries to better balance teams.
High-level players will also be moved to lower skill tiers if they can’t maintain the minimum skill rating for that tier.
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“So, for example, if you reached Platinum during Season 6, but ended the season in Gold, you will still receive a number of Competitive Points based on your Platinum ranking,” Blizzard adds.
Control matches will also be best out of three in order to cut down the number of overtime periods.