Amid the discussions of hero bans, Emongg’s tease, and Metro_OW’s leak, I feel like people have mostly moved on from Jeff’s comments about 1-3-2 from last week. I’m not saying hero bans aren’t going to be a thing eventually, but even Metro_OW said his source was different and to take it with a grain of salt. Instead, I’m going to focus on a passing comment from Jeff’s reply in the 1-3-2 thread.
Emongg’s tease did mention that we would get to see the dev’s mindset on things regarding the game. My speculation is that maybe the upcoming update could be about a pseudo-PTR on the live version of the game. I don’t think it could be used to test things that would require new files downloaded such as new heroes, maps, or abilities that require new animations. However, it could test things that the game is already capable of using the current workshop settings, such as hero ability cooldowns, 1-3-2, or even the hero bans. Even I could make 1-3-2 using the workshop and maybe even a hero ban mode if given enough time.
This new experimental mode created using in-game tools could reach the playerbase at large, allowing the team to gauge the popularity and reception on a larger scale than the PTR without the investment of permanently changing the core game. It could be displayed in the arcade or maybe even on the main screen next to QP/Custom games/etc.