Heroes of the Storm: Ranked Play Revamp

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The future of Heroes of the Storm Ranked Play is here! Check out the new amazing changes with the introduction of the Grandmaster League, seasons and rewards.


Ranked Play will completely change in something more than a month from now. During the week of June 14, the ranked system will be revamped. The biggest change is the introduction of League Tiers and Divisions. The League Tiers are: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master and Grand Master. Each League Tier up until Master will be broken down into five Divisions, basically ranks within ranks.




At the beginning of each season, a series of ten Placement Matches will determine your initial rank. After this, you will gain or lose rank points with each match. Earning enough points will allow you to move up a League Tier or a Division by winning in a Promotion Match; likewise, if you have lost a lot of rank points, you can defend your current Tier or Division ranking by winning a Demotion Match. You will get ingame messages whenever you are about to play a Promotion or a Demotion Match.



Promotion Effect


Master and Grand Master Tiers will work differently. Instead of Divisions, you will merely progress based on the amount of rank points you have. The Grand Master League Tier will consist of the top 500 point earners in each region's Master League and it will be updated daily.



Grand Master League badge


To ensure that your Ranked Play experience is the best possible, a couple of new measures will be implemented to secure matchmaking fairness. Specifically, there will be a skill-level queue restriction, meaning that you can only queue in a party with people within one league tier to you. Moreover, silenced players will be banned from queuing to Ranked Play.


Another exciting piece of news is that Season 1 will - finally - roll together along with all these changes. Obviously, there will be rewards! Ranked rewards will be granted based on the highest rank achieved during the season, including preseason; the rewards include unique portraits per tier, mounts and gold.





You can check out the rewards and read all the details about these changes in the official blog post.

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