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One of the clever ways Blizzard keeps drawing players back to Overwatch like a pack of ravenous wolves is the competitive seasons, which refresh every few months and give players a chance to compete for in-game goods and glory. With the fourth season officially drawing to a close, it looks like we won't be waiting too long for the fifth to begin. And by "not too long," I mean you only have to wait, like, a day.

According to a recent announcement from Blizzard, season five of Overwatch is set to kick off this Wednesday, May 31, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. If you're eager to get an early start climbing up those leaderboards, that's when you'll want to start playing your heart out through the next big season.

A recent report from Gamespot notes that folks who did particularly well in the fourth season of Overwatch can expect to receive their in-game prizes soon. Anyone who completed their fourth season placement matches will be getting a special player icon as well as a special spray to show off their standing while in-game. You should discover those rewards sometime in the next day, when logging into the game.

Still, you didn't need to be one of the top players in the world to get your hands on some Overwatch goodies. If you were one of the top 500 players in your region, you'll also earn yourself a special in-game spray and icon. Also, depending on your skill rating and competitive points through this past season, you'll be able to purchase some special gold skins. Here's a rundown of how many competitive points you'll get depending on your skill rating.

SR 1-1,499 = 100CP

SR 1,500-1,999 = 200 CP

SR 2,000-2,499 = 400 CP

SR 2,500-2,999 = 800 CP

SR 3,000-3,499 = 1,200 CP

SR 3,500-3,999 = 2,000 CP

SR 4,000-5,000 = 3,000 CP

This all comes at the dawn of Overwatch's first birthday celebration. The game obviously made a pretty huge splash over the past 12 months and it doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Thanks to extremely solid gameplay, fantastic features, regular events and a bit of DLC, players keep coming back for more.

The in-game anniversary will be going on through June 12, so don't forget to check back in the game regularly for new events and promotions. If you don't already own Overwatch, no need to fret. A digital Game of the Year edition is available across the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC for about $40 and includes all current DLC, as well as a bunch of in-game loot and extra goodies in other Blizzard games like Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft.

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