Overwatch: 4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Double XP Weekend


Overwatch’s Double XP weekend is almost upon on us and with it will come tons of players trying to level up as fast as humanly possible. This is mainly because of the timed Anniversary Loot Boxes that contain a variety of different skins and special, seasonal items. Given that players can only earn these items until the event ends on June 13, obtaining as many loot boxes as possible is key. At the very least you will earn more coins to spend and purchase the specific cosmetic items you want.

Here are 4 tips to help you maximize your XP intake in Overwatch:

1. Don’t Play By Yourself

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While it will be tempting to play a few games by yourself, try grouping up with others even if they are randoms. This is because you will receive a 20% XP increase when playing with a Group, which can drastically increase the amount of experience you will earn over time. Try to make the most of the “Form a Group” option that appears after every match in the bottom right corner. This lets you play with randoms and earn all that sweet XP. To activate this on console simply press the R1 (PlayStation 4) or RB (Xbox One) button.

2. Skip Competitive for the Weekend

Competitive Mode is the most intense and difficult game type available to players on Overwatch. However, these matches can take forever and often don’t always end in victory if you are playing alone and not in a full group of six. While you do earn more XP for lengthier matches, you’ll be able to complete far more if you stick to Arcade or Quick Play. Plus, it’s far easier to tilt (get frustrated) given how high-stakes many competitive matches are, so focus more on enjoyable modes if you are solely after loot boxes.

If you do decide to play Competitive Mode, try to at least play in a group you know you can win with so you earn more experience at the end of each round. If you do want to play longer matches consider trying Total Mayhem instead since the time XP bonus for this mode is insane sometimes.

3. Stack XP Bonuses

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One of the XP bonuses that players can earn is through completing matches back to back without gong to the main menu. This may seem like an obvious one, but leaving a round to either pick people up or open a new loot box will reset any bonus you’ve obtained. Before beginning, make sure you have all everyone in your group and then don’t stop playing matches unless you have too. Getting the consecutive bonus on top of the Group and winning a match will help you level up quickly.

4. Don’t Worry About Your Level

Overwatch Torbjorn

Like many other multiplayer shooters, Blizzard’s Overwatch features a prestige system to their ranks. What this means is when you reach level 100 your rank will reset and players will start at level 1 again. However, the difference is once you have passed level 100 for the first time you will still need 20,000 experience per level. This is a contrast to other games with similar systems that require less XP when you are in lower levels. So don’t stress about trying to get to that crucial reset point of level 100 beforehand and just focus on getting as much experience as possible.

Overwatch’s Double XP weekend runs from June 8 to June 12 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. 

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