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Competitive Season 3 commenced with Patch v1.19 on June 20, 2016, and ended with Patch v1.31 on March 22, 2017. Season 3 was the longest Competitive Season so far, lasting approximately nine months.

With the exception of a few changes to the matchmaking system, Competitive Season 3 was relatively similar to Season 2. It used the same Competitive Tiers as in Season 2. Every player started at Unranked, and had to play 10 placement matches before having a rank. However, each player's final Competitive Skill Rating had been reset for Season 3.

It was announced[1] that Competitive Season 3 would establish a restriction on Party Matchmaking for Competitive play, based on the skill tier of each player in a single party. If the skill range of the party exceeded three tiers, that party would not be able to queue for any Competitive playlist. This was never actually implemented, however.[2]

On August 3rd, 2016, Psyonix released an update for Competitive play matchmaking in an attempt to fix the rank boosting issue regarding parties.[2] The update adjusted the party skill rating so that the rating would be determined by which player in the party has the highest skill tier, rather than the mean skill rating of the party.

On September 8th, 2016, Patch v1.22 implemented the inactivity rules for Competitive play.[3] Players who do not play a Competitive match for 30 days or longer are considered inactive. Inactive players are excluded from Competitive Leaderboards, and their skill tiers are reset to Unranked. However, the Competitive progression for each inactive player is retained. Inactive players must play a specified number of placement matches (usually around 2), based on the period of inactivity, to recalibrate their skill rating.

On October 11th, 2016, Psyonix made some adjustments on the Competitive skill tiers.[4] These included the reduction of thresholds for certain skill tiers, allowing for larger numbers of Star and Champion tier players. All Competitive playlists were also given their own skill tier thresholds based on the number of active players in each playlist.

Season 3 reward wheels.

The rewards for Competitive Season 3 were as follows:[5]

  • Prospect I or higher: Season 3 Prospect Wheels
  • Challenger I or higher: Season 3 Challenger Wheels
  • Rising Star or higher: Season 3 Star Wheels
  • Champion or higher: Season 3 Champion Wheels
  • Grand Champion: 'Season 3 Grand Champion' in-game Title

References

  1. Coming Soon: Competitive Season 3 and Season 2 Rewards on Rocket League - Official Site
  2. 2.0 2.1 Party Matchmaking Update on Rocket League - Official Site
  3. Patch Notes v1.22 on Rocket League - Official Site
  4. Competitive Rank Recalibration on Rocket League - Official Site
  5. Competitive Season 4 Update and Season 3 Rewards on Rocket League - Official Site
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