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2018 Ranked Season 3 Dates & Rewards

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2018 Season 3 begins soon and it's time to look at updates to Ranked Play and new mount rewards.

  • The start of 2018 Season 3 is scheduled for the week of July 13.
  • Blizzard made multiple updates to Ranked Play, including a third ban, MMR & Rank Decay, and matchmaking improvements.

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Our third ranked season of 2018 is about to begin, and we’ve got a new set of rewards that you can earn by playing ranked games in the coming months. Read on for details!

SEASON ROLL DATES

2018 Season 3 will begin as soon as our next patch becomes available for download in each region. 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
2018 Season 3 Start Week of July 13*
2018 Season 3 End Week of September 28*

*Exact date may vary slightly by region.

RANKED PLAY UPDATES

With the onset of this new ranked season, we will be introducing the following changes to the Ranked Play system:

  • Third Ban During Drafts
    • We are adding a third ban for each team during draft mode’s existing initial-ban phase.
  • MMR and Rank Decay
    • We are introducing both matchmaking rating (MMR) and rank decay for inactive Diamond, Master, and Grand Master Hero League players
  • Changes to How Placement Matches Handle New and Returning Players
    • Players who enter ranked play for the first time can no longer be seeded into placement matches higher than Gold 5
    • Players who return to Hero League after an extended break will no longer be re-seeded during placement games based on their performance in other modes.
  • Ranked Matchmaking Match Quality Improvements
    • We are hardening Hero League matchmaking rules to enforce higher-quality matches over reducing queue times
  • For more information on these changes, check out our Ranked Play Enhancements Blog.

As a reminder, we’ve also recently made improvements to how abusive chat penalties are handled in Heroes of the Storm. Find out more in our “Stepping-Up Abusive Chat Penalties” blog.

2018 SEASON 3 REWARDS

Players who manage to brawl their way up through the leagues during the upcoming season can claim new portraits, mounts, 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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MOUNT REWARDS

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HERO LEAGUE RANK REWARDS
Bronze 500 Gold
Bronze Hero League Portrait
Silver 750 Gold
Silver Hero League Portrait
Gold 1000 Gold
Gold Hero League Portrait
Platinum 1250 Gold
Season 2 Mount
Platinum Hero League Portrait
Diamond 1500 Gold
Season 2 Mount
Diamond Hero League Portrait
Master 1750 Gold
Season 2 Mount
Epic Season 2 Mount
Master Hero League Portrait
Grand Master 2000 Gold
Season 2 Mount
Epic Season 2 Mount
Grand Master Hero League Portrait
TEAM LEAGUE RANK REWARDS
Bronze 500 Gold
Season 2 Mount
Bronze Team League Portrait
Silver 750 Gold
Season 2 Mount
Silver Team League Portrait
Gold 1000 Gold
Season 2 Mount
Gold Team League Portrait
Platinum 1250 Gold
Season 2 Mount
Platinum Team League Portrait
Diamond 1500 Gold
Season 2 Mount
Diamond Team League Portrait
Master 1750 Gold
Season 2 Mount
Epic Season 2 Mount
Master Team League Portrait
Grand Master 2000 Gold
Season 2 Mount
Epic Season 2 Mount
Grand Master Team League Portrait

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.

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

Good luck and have fun during the upcoming ranked season!

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33 minutes ago, Dejo93 said:

What happened to that awesome Triceratops mount?

Also, if they added mammoths or mechanostriders I'd be sooo happy

They will be rewarded. These mounts are the new ones for the upcoming season.

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1 hour ago, Dejo93 said:

What happened to that awesome Triceratops mount?

Also, if they added mammoths or mechanostriders I'd be sooo happy

Yup. It probably is a typo that these are labeled as Season 2, and not Season 3 Mounts. Either way I think they look great and are worth the climb towards the ranks. 🙂

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