Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment is removing restrictive Hero Pools from competitive play. Now players are free to use their favorite characters at any time. It’s also changing how Hero Pools work in the Overwatch League. The brief update was issued on Monday.
“We’ve been listening to your feedback and constantly iterating on the feature behind the scenes,” said community manager Molly Fender on the game’s official forums. “We initially implemented Hero Pools to address issues with stagnating metas and to keep match-ups exciting and fresh. However, we’ve found that the introduction of Experimental Card and increased hero balance updates has helped us work towards a healthy, changing meta in Competitive Play without needing to disable heroes.”
Hero Pools had been first carried out in January. Fender added that there’s no date set for them to come back again; they’ve being eliminated “indefinitely.”
Meanwhile, starting Saturday, Hero Pools will make an look for the primary two weeks of every Overwatch League (OWL) match cycle. Details on these modifications are included in a prolonged submit on the official league website.
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