Locked heroes OWL vs Comp

I honestly haven’t been paying attention, but are they intending to keep those metrics separate to determine the bans?

I really love the idea for OWL viewership, but think it would be glaringly dumb to see the rest of players just being punished for OWL pick rate metrics and not their own.

OWL and live are different pools. For the live game, it’s hand-picked by the devs.


The ban system for OWL and for Ladder play is entirely separate and we’ve known this from the initial announcement. It only makes sense, as the two systems are very different in terms of who is playing and how players decide what heroes they’ll play.

Hero Pools on ladder is not punishment. It’s to improve the experience by weakening the grip meta has (particularly on higher ranks) on hero choices. People want more varied games and this should do a lot to achieve that. Personally I suspect it will only be implemented at a certain rank barrier, as I’ve seen constant complaints from non-GM players about the system.

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