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Heroes of the Storm Revamps Ranked

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By michael_fuchsDate: May 11 2016 Views:

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Launching in all regions during the week of June 14, Heroes of the Storm Ranked play is pulling out all the stops and introducing a horde of new features, improvements, and rewards. With division tiers, seasons, high rank recognition, and end-of-season rewards are some of the new revamp!

The new ranked system is divided into what Blizzard is calling League Tiers and Divisions. A League Tier is a large bucket meant to give a general idea of a player’s skill level. The tiers in ascending order are: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, and Grand Master. Each tier up to Master League is then broken down into divisions, with the lowest division within a tier being five, and the highest being one. Divisions within a tier designate how close or far a player is from advancing or falling to the next tier. As an example, a player in Gold 1 (Gold Tier, Division One) has a higher competitive rank than a player in Gold 4, and that Gold 4 player has a higher rank than another player in Silver 2.

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NAVIGATING THE RANKS

With the new league tiers and divisions system, players will be able to easily tell how they rank across the Heroes competitive game modes. At the beginning of each season, a series of ten Placement Matches will determine initial rank. With each ranked match played after initial placement, players will gain (or lose) rank points. Earning enough rank points will present players with a chance to move up to the next tier or division by winning a Promotion Match, while consistently losing points will grant players a similar opportunity to defend your current tier or division in a Demotion Match.

MASTERS AND GRAND MASTERS

New Ranked System

In the new Ranked system, the unique Master and Grand Master tiers will have slightly different rules. Instead of divisions, Master league badges will display the total number of rank points you’ve accumulated in Master league this season, so players can easily track their progression against other Master League players. Grand Master league will be comprised of the top 500 point earners in each region's Master League. For players in this league, badges will display a number ranging from 500 to 1.

This number is a player’s position in the overall Grand Master rankings for their region, which will be updated on a daily basis. Here are examples of Master and Grand Master badges:

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FAIRNESS IN RANKED PLAY

Skill-level Queue Restriction

In an effort to make the new ranked play system as fair as possible while remaining intensely competitive, only players whose ranks are within one league tier will be able to queue together as a party in Hero League matches. This means that a player in Gold could only party with players in Silver 5 through Platinum 1. During placement matches players will only be able to party with others doing placement matches, and the system will use current MMR standings as a loose guideline to determine initial tier and division placement.

Silenced Player Restriction

Hero League is meant to be the place to play for competitive, high-intensity matches. This means that communication will be integral to a team’s success. With this in mind, Blizzard will be removing silenced players’ ability to queue in this game mode until their silence penalty expires.

Rewards

Preseason ranked players at the launch of Season One will receive:

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Hero League Team League
Ranks Rewards Ranks Rewards
Ranks 50-41 Preseason Hero League Portrait Ranks 50-41 Preseason Team League Portrait
Ranks 40-31

1500 Gold
Preseason Hero League Portrait

Ranks 40-31

1500 Gold
Elemental Wolf Mount
Preseason Team League Portrait

Ranks 30-21

2000 Gold
Preseason Hero League Portrait

Ranks 30-21

2000 Gold
Elemental Wolf Mount
Preseason Team League Portrait

Ranks 20-11

2500 Gold
Elemental Wolf Mount
Preseason Hero League Portrait

Ranks 20-11

2500 Gold
Elemental Wolf Mount
Preseason Team League Portrait

Ranks 10-6

3000 Gold
Elemental Wolf Mount
Epic Elemental Wolf Mount
Preseason Hero League Portrait *

Ranks 10-6

3000 Gold
Elemental Wolf Mount
Epic Elemental Wolf Mount
Preseason Team League Portrait;*

Ranks 5-2

3500 Gold
Elemental Wolf Mount
Epic Elemental Wolf Mount
Preseason Hero League Portrait *

Ranks 5-2

3500 Gold
Elemental Wolf Mount
Epic Elemental Wolf Mount
Preseason Team League Portrait *

Rank 1

4000 Gold
Elemental Wolf Mount
Epic Elemental Wolf Mount
Preseason Hero League Portrait *

Rank 1

4000 Gold
Elemental Wolf Mount
Epic Elemental Wolf Mount
Preseason Team League Portrait *

* These portraits will be unique to their respective tiers.

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