Overwatch League Announces Hero Pools for 2020 Season

Nicholas Barth,

January 31, 2020 10:52 AM

Fans will be seeing a brand new competitive feature implemented in the 2020 season for the Overwatch League.

The 2020 season of the Overwatch League will see many changes take place for the global esports competition. One of the most significant changes that will be occurring will be the introduction of hero pools. These hero pools will help to diversify the characters that teams compete with by banning certain heroes for each weekend of matches. 

Hero pools will begin on March 7th and will see one tank, one support, and two damages become unavailable for players to use each weekend. These heroes will be chosen from a group of available ones based on play-rate data from the previous two weeks of Overwatch League matches.

However, only heroes that are played regularly call be pulled out of the hero pool. No heroes will be made unavailable to be picked two weeks in a row due to the hero pools. 

(Source: Blizzard Entertainment)

Heroes pools will not be used for midseason tournaments, the play-in tournament, playoffs, or Grand Finals. All Overwatch League teams will be notified of the Hero Pools one week ahead of matches. 

According to the Overwatch League, the hero pools will be used to "foster a wider range of team strategies and showcase more heroes in competition as players adapt and teams experiment with new compositions when some of the most-played heroes are no longer options."

What are your thoughts on hero pools coming to the Overwatch League in the 2020 season? Let us know in the comments below!

(cover photo courtesy of the Overwatch League)


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