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Get ready for Ranked Season 2!

The second season of Heroes of the Storm will go live in a couple of days, along with the Alarak patch, and it will last three months. Meanwhile, there will be some adjustments for promotion and demotion matches, while the maximum number of Grand Master players in Hero League will be reduced to 200 (from 500). Lastly, you can check out the new portrait rewards, as well as the Season 2 mount, the Elemental Lion!

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Heroes of the Storm’s first official ranked season is coming to a close next week! We’ve got a few changes in store for ranked play during Season 2, as well as a host of new rewards that you can earn just by playing ranked games.

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Season Roll Dates

Season 2 will begin as soon as our next patch becomes available for download in each region throughout next week. Check the season start and end dates below to make sure you’re able to dive into the rankings as soon as the season rolls.

Event Date
Season 2 Start Week of September 12*
Season 2 End Week of December 12*

*Exact date may vary slightly by region.

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Grand Master League Changes

As Season 1 played out this Summer, we began to feel that Grand Master League’s 500-player limit may be a little too broad, and also saw this sentiment mirrored in some corners of the Heroes community. We want Grand Master League to feel more prestigious —a ranking that even very skilled players will have to work hard to achieve. In order to do this, we’re going to reduce the maximum number of Grand Master players allowed in Hero League from 500 to 200.

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Promotion and Demotion Match Changes

We heard your feedback that losing extra points beyond the division cap when you head into a promotion match was taking some of the fun out of the experience, and we agree. Here’s what we’re changing with the start of Season 2:

  • You’ll no longer receive a flat 250 ranked point adjustment after winning a promotion match or losing a demotion match. Instead, these matches will now award or remove the same amount of points as a normal ranked game.
  • When you head into a promotion match, any points you earned beyond the 1,000-point division cap during the prior game will now be stored and applied at the end of your promotion match.
    • Winning a promotion match will now award you with the points that were stored prior to that match, in addition to the normal ranked points you’ll earn for the win.
    • Losing a promotion match will now subtract the normal ranked points for a loss, minus the number of excess ranked points that were stored prior to your promotion match.
  • Demotion matches do not store lost ranked points, which means you’ll only lose the normal amount of ranked points if you’re defeated during a demotion match.

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts with us during Season 1! Your feedback helped to shape these changes, and we’d love to know what you think after playing through promotion and demotion matches in Season 2.

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Season 2 Ranked Rewards

Players who manage to brawl their way up through the leagues during Ranked Season 2 can lay claim to new portrait, mount, and gold rewards for their achievements in Hero and Team League. Take a look at everything that’s up for grabs this season!

Hero League Portraits

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Team League Portraits

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Elemental Lion Mount

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Hero League                                                              Team League 

League Rewards         League Rewards
Bronze

Bronze Hero League Portrait

    Bronze  

Elemental Lion Mount

 

Bronze Team League Portrait

Silver

750 Gold

Silver Hero League Portrait

  Silver

750 Gold

Elemental Lion Mount

 

Silver Team League Portrait

Gold

1000 Gold

Gold Hero League Portrait

  Gold

1000 Gold

Elemental Lion Mount

 

Gold Team League Portrait

Platinum

1250 Gold

Elemental Lion Mount

Platinum Hero League Portrait

  Platinum

1250 Gold

Elemental Lion Mount

Platinum Team League Portrait

Diamond

1500 Gold

Elemental Lion Mount

Diamond Hero League Portrait

  Diamond

1500 Gold

Elemental Lion Mount

Diamond Team League Portrait

Master

1750 Gold

Elemental Lion Mount

Epic Elemental Lion Mount

Master Hero League Portrait

  Master

1750 Gold

Elemental Lion Mount

Epic Elemental Lion Mount

Master Team League Portrait

Grand Master

2000 Gold

Elemental Lion Mount

Epic Elemental Lion Mount

Grand Master Hero League Portrait

  Grand Master

2000 Gold

Elemental Lion Mount

Epic Elemental Lion Mount

Grand Master Team League Portrait

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In addition to everything we’ve mentioned so far, there will be 10 placement matches waiting for you on the other side of the season roll that you’ll need to play through in order to receive your initial ranking. We also plan to once again loosen the system’s certainty level in everyone’s skill rating, so it’ll be little easier to move up or down through the rankings during your first few matches this season.

If you’re ready to begin your Ranked Play journey in Heroes of the Storm but unsure how, head over to our Ranked Play Guide to get started on the right foot.

Good luck and have fun during Ranked Season 2!

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