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New PTR Update Reveals Massive Changes

Posted by Suzie Ford on Mar 22, 2016  | Comments

New PTR Update Reveals Massive Changes -

The PTR patch notes for Heroes of the Storm have been published and they reveal a massive number of changes, both to quality of life / interface and to various heroes as well. In addition, the new single lane battleground, Lost Cavern, is available for players to try out , new hero, Dehaka, is out and the number of available heroes in the weekly rotation has been increased.

Hero and Team Leagues have received some welcome new additions and overhauls. Teams can now take advantage of the "ban" system where a hero can be banned for a match if available.

  • Bans have arrived!
    • Hero bans have been added to draft mode for both Hero and Team League games.
    • All Ranked games will use the “Mid Ban” method during drafts, which features two ban rounds per team —one round before hero picks begin, and a second halfway through the draft.
      • The player with the highest matchmaking rating on each team will be automatically selected to issue bans.
        • Players selected to issue bans can be identified by a new crown icon, which will appear over the Hero portrait, and animates during each team’s turn to ban.
      • Whichever team wins the coin toss before drafting begins will receive first ban and first pick.
      • The team that loses the coin toss will ban first during the second ban round.
    • Each team will have 45 seconds to ban a Hero during the first round, and 30 seconds during the second Ban round.
      • If no Hero is banned or highlighted before time expires, the ban will be skipped.
      • If a Hero is highlighted when time expires, that hero will be automatically banned.
    • Hero pick timers have been reduced from 45 to 30 seconds, but pick order has not been changed.

Check out the full patch notes, including big changes for heroes such as Gazlowe, Sylvanas, Kael'Thas, Illidan and others, on the Heroes of the Storm site.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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