Fresh from the suprising introduction of an anime collaboration, Blizzard has confirmed that the arcade mode Mystery Heroes is getting a competitive variant in Overwatch 2 – something we didn’t know we needed until now – and we have everything you need to know about this new mode and the Overwatch 2 Competitive Mystery Heroes Season 1 start time right here.
Using information presented to players in this set of Overwatch 2 patch notes and this shooter’s typical update schedule, the Overwatch 2 Competitive Mystery Heroes Season 1 start time is 11:00 PST / 14:00 EST / 19:00 GMT on March 14. The timing of this could change by an hour or two, but this is the same time the Seasonal updates drop and the same time the in-game store refreshes daily.
If you’re sitting there wondering what Mystery Heroes is as a game mode and why a competitive variant being introduced to Overwatch 2 is actually quite exciting, allow us to explain.
In Mystery Heroes, Overwatch 2 players jump into a standard game mode – a five versus five Escort on Junkertown, for example – with one key difference to a game played in the default playlist: they can’t choose their own heroes.
Instead of choosing your main, or whoever’s at the top of our Overwatch 2 tier list, players are assigned a random hero upon spawning. This then changes every time they die; however, if you kill yourself, you’re going to respawn as the same hero. Oh, and hero stacking is allowed – because no one knows who they’re going to be playing as next.
As you might expect, this game mode can lead to some rather difficult team fights. However, it’s a fantastic way of familiarising yourself with all the Overwatch 2 heroes available – which is why it is one of the best arcade modes available.
However, it’s also a true test of an Overwatch 2 player’s mettle – a true test of their skill in this objective-based shooter – and a competitive mode is only going to improve that experience and offer players more rewards for their success. We will say, though, that we’re fully expecting this mode to be more toxic than standard competitive. So, be prepared fro some unbalanced experiences going into it.
While you’re here, why not check out the latest trailer from Overwatch 2 – about the One Punch Man collaboration:
As per the latest set of Overwatch 2 patch notes, it looks like Competitive Mystery Heroes is available right now ahead of the start of Season 1. So, it’s going to be a good idea to jump in and familiarise yourself with the mode if you’re planning to tackle Season 1 when it drops.
The Overwatch 2 One Punch Man event is being praised for its’ Fortnite-style approach, but we Competitive Mystery Heroes is what Overwatch 2 should be praised for looking at this latest update. It’s not quite a step you would expect Blizzard to take in its’ journey to bring Overwatch 2 back to being one of the best competitive FPS games out there, but we can’t help but think that it’s going to work.