Overwatch’s Hero Pools – a system which bans a selection of heroes from play each week in an attempt to keep the competitive meta fresh – is on its way out for the majority of players. In an announcement last week, designer Scott Mercer told fans that only the top few percent of players will continue to play within the system.
Hero Pools will now only affect competitive matches at Master or Grandmaster levels – around the top three percent of players. Mercer said that “competitive play at lower skill tiers already sees a tremendous amount of hero composition diversity in their matches, and we don’t think they need a system like Hero Pools to encourage even more.”
It’s a slightly confusing change, as some of the players towards the top of the pile will still be playing with Pools on if the average number of ranked points in their game is more than 3,500. That should only matter to players hovering around the top of Diamond rank, but they might find themselves yo-yo-ing back and forth for a while.
If you’re above that ranked mark, there are some other changes to consider, as the heroes that find themselves in the pool will have been put there using data from the Overwatch League. The past few weeks have seen an increasing disparity between online play and OWL play, and the new change is an attempt to bring the two back in line with one another.
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